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SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise Video Collection

Professional organizations release conference videos for folks who couldn’t make the trips themselves, but professional viewers have to remember that there is a human downside to having a bunch of sessions dropped all together on the internet.

Many of us have trained a neural path habit into our brains by years of streaming video; Funny cat antics have trained us to expect laughs every 15 seconds and Netflix binging of entire seasons of The Office in a weekend have trained us to think it’s okay leave something on in the background while we do other stuff around the room.

Watching professional conference videos in those habitual ways doesn’t give a real payoff, because the reason for the recording was different… but those streaming habits are so very hard to break.

As you watch the SSI 50 conference recordings, and any professional conference recording, it’s best for you to approach the watching in the same way that you take on a university online class. Set the time, and watch for the points. The professor may start meandering, some other student might ask a tangential question that gets things out of focus (a camera may go out of focus!) but you know that something in that 2 hours may be on the test. And, more importantly, something that you see – that it seems no one else in the audience had spotted – may turn out to be the unique core of your post doc or professional trade career.

There are 11 videos, 12 hours and 46 minutes of produced content, in the SSI 50 YouTube Playlist (plus the “Working Today” PSA). Take the time for them. Make the time for getting the most out of them, For Yourself.

The complete list of SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise video recordings is now assembled for researchers at the content page:

SSI 50: The Videos!

September 9th and 10th, 2019 at the Museum of Flight In Seattle, The Space Studies Institute presented SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise.  Two focused days with ten sessions running the gamut from habitat design and bioneering to economics and construction techniques.

Today we are proud to announce the beginning of the releases of the complete set of videos on the SSI YouTube Channel.

We start with the first three hour session on Habitat Design.  The session was moderated by Dallas Bienhoff of Cislunar Development Corporation and featured presentations from Bruce Pittman of OffWorld Inc., Robert Richards of Northrop Grumman, Professor Fred Scharmen of Morgan State University, Suzanna Bianco of Space Cooperative and Space Decentral,  Al Globus of the National Space Society, John Blincow of Gateway Foundation and Anthony Longman of Skyframe Research.

Because this was a such a long session, we have broken the recording into two pieces.  The first part, the individual presentations, is two hours long, and the second part, of Q&A,  runs about an hour.

Embedded below is the first of the videos and we invite you to visit the SSI YouTube Channel to view the second part.

The direct links to these first videos are:

Part One:

Part Two:

The Staff, Senior Associates and Volunteers of The Space Studies Institute send our sincerest thanks to the Staff of the Museum of Flight for all of their wonderful assistance and to all of our presenters and friends who traveled to join us in Seattle. And we all  give a very hearty “Well Done!” to SSI SA Ed Wright and Executive Director Robin Snelson for the months of hard work that they put into organizing this truly special SSI event.

More videos are waiting in the wings, so watch for more releases here at SSI.ORG and at the SSI Announcements page on Facebook (

And, of course, we hope that you enjoy the videos, that you LIKE them and share them with others who might be of a mind to join us as we continue Working On The High Frontier.

Jeff Bezos on O’Neill Cylinders

Where does Jeff Bezos foresee putting space colonists? Inside O’Neill cylinders

“SpaceX’s Elon Musk wants to settle humans on Mars. Others talk about a Moon Village. But Seattle billionaire Jeff Bezos has a different kind of off-Earth home in mind when he talks about having millions of people living and working in space.

“His long-range vision focuses on a decades-old concept for huge artificial habitats that are best known today as O’Neill cylinders.”

— Alan Boyle

Space Access 2019

Some people have expressed surprise that the proposed agenda for SSI’s 2019 conference does not include a strong focus on space transportation, which has been one of the primary obstacles to space settlement up to now.

Some have speculated that SSI considers space transportation to be a solved problem, thanks to companies such as Blue Origin and SpaceX. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even if one assumes that Blue Origin and SpaceX will be successful in solving the low-cost Earth-to-orbit problem (which is still not guaranteed), there are still many challenges involving low-cost operations in cis-lunar space and beyond.

The reason we’re not discussing these problems at our conference is because they’re being addressed elsewhere. The Space Access Society, whose annual conference has been on sabbatical for the past couple of years, has announced that their conference will resume in 2019.

Space Access 2019 will be held at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley on April 18-21. The Space Access Society is working with a new team from the Bay Area’s Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society to make the conference better than ever.

Preliminary information and signup are available at

We encourage anyone who’s interested in the transportation side of the space-settlement equation  to sign up and attend Space Access 2019, which will be a perfect complement to the Space Studies Institute conference later in the year.