A contest for astropreneurs

Friday, June 23, 2006 7:22 PM by Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log

It may not be as heady as the X Prize, but the Space Frontier Foundation is planning what you might call the B Prize for space-related business plans. The payoff for the best pitch? Entrepreneurial glory … plus a $1,000 poker chip, awarded by an investor at the foundation’s annual conference in Las Vegas next month. XCOR Aerospace’s Rich Pournelle, a guy who is well-versed in the world of space entrepreneurship, sent along the call for entries for the NewSpace 2006 Business Plan Competition.

Pournelle emphasized that the entries need not be restricted to rocket ships. “It only has to be space-related,” he told me. “For example, if it’s a rocket-powered car, we would consider the business plan. Or materials science, or solar power technology that might be used in satellites, or remote sensing, or any kind of life support systems. Any of that kind of stuff, we would consider.”

Here’s the language from the call for entries, which will be posted on the Space Frontier Foundation‘s Web site as well: “Entrepreneurial space companies who are interested in participating in this rewarding competition are asked to submit a 1-3 page executive summary of their plan by July 10 to amaresh.kollipara@gmail.com.  Amaresh Kollipara is an entrepreneur and a former Accenture executive who will screen the entries. 

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Program for ISDC 2006

Here is the finalized program for Space Studies Institute’s track at ISDC 2006.

Thursday May 4, 2006

2:00 P.M.
Klaus Heiss: The Shuttle Decision Revisited and the Jamestown Proposal

2:30 P.M.
Lee Valentine: A Space Roadmap: a Profitable, Incremental Approach to Space Industrialization and Space Settlement

3:00 P.M.
Red Whittaker: The Grand Challenge and Recent Advances in Space Robotics

4:00 P.M.
Niklas Jarvstrat: Building a Self Reliant Moon Colony

4:30 P.M.
Alex Freundlich et al: Turning the Moon into A Solar Photovoltaic Paradise

5:00
Peter Schubert: Synergistic Construction Mechanisms for Habitats in Space Environs

5:30
Al Globus: Kalpana One: A New Space Colony Design

Friday May 5, 2006

3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Gary Barnhard: Architecting the Future
Masse Bloomfield: Space – The Endless Frontier
Brian Enke: The Medusa Approach to Mars Exploration and Settlement
Pamela Conrad: Making the Vision Real: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Space Exploration
Sherry E. Bell: Evolutionary Psychology and Its Implications for the Future of Humans in Space

5:00 P.M.
Pascal Lee: Astronaut Training for Moon and Mars Surface

5:30 P.M.
Greg Allison: Human Destiny – Why We Must Choose to Settle Space Now to Survive

Saturday May 6, 2006

2:00 P.M.
Hirdy Miyamoto: Granular materials on the surface of the small asteroid Itokawa: Initial results of the Japanese Hayabusa mission

2:30 P.M.
Jeff Kargel: Martian resources supporting expansion of a self-sustaining Mars outpost

3:00 P.M.
Phil Sadler: Thermal Well for ISRU Water Extraction from Lunar/Martian Permafrost

3:30 P.M.
James Dohm et al.: Tier-scalable Reconnaissance To Test Overarching Geological Theories and Locate Prime Targets on Mars

4:00 P.M.
Wolfgang Fink et al.: Tier-Scalable Reconnaissance for Remote Planetary Exploration

4:30 P.M.
Roberto Furfaro: Autonomy in Planetary Exploration: Fuzzy Expert System for Tier-Scalable Reconnaissance

5:00 P.M.
William Jewell: A Proposal for an All Biological CELSS: Phase 2 of the Cornell/SSI Collaboration

Sunday May 7, 2006

11:00 A.M.
Giorgio Gaviraghi: Artificial Planets

11:30 A.M.
Phil Putman: An Orbiting Magnetic Arrest System for Rocket-free Transportation to Earth Orbit

CSNR Summer Fellowship

For undergraduates and graduate students
Note: the applications deadline is 15 March.

The Center for Space Nuclear Research is accepting applications for Summer Fellowships. The goal of the Summer Fellowship program is to provide participants an opportunity to learn and evaluate current issues involving nuclear power and propulsion technologies for space exploration. This year’s primary project will be to evaluate the application of using a nuclear thermal rocket to support a Lunar Outpost.

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Technology for Human Space Settlement