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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Industry Consensus Statement

In the middle decades of the last century, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, or NACA, developed a large body of engineering data that was crucial to the development of aeronautics in United States during that period. Indeed, that engineering data is used even today by aerospace engineers. After NACA was absorbed into NASA, the functions it performed were gradually lost.

Today, we find that our ability to use the vast energy and materials resources in space is stymied by the lack of cheap space transportation. To develop cheap transportation, basic engineering data need to be developed and disseminated to the entrepreneurial space transportation community. This paper outlines a way for government to effectively assist this new industry whose success is essential to our national security and economic prosperity.

Entrepreneurial Space Transportation Industry Consensus Statement

Call for Papers at ISDC 2006

Space Studies Institute Conference Track
International Space Development Conference

On May 4-7, the National Space Society and The Planetary Society will co-produce what promises to be the biggest citizen space conference ever held — ISDC 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

The first International Space Development Conference was 25 years ago, produced by the L5 Society, which later merged with National Space Institute to become today’s National Space Society. The Planetary Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005, and is the world’s largest space-interest group.

Space Studies Institute will sponsor a conference track at ISDC 2006.

March Storm 2006

All associates of the Space Studies Institute are invited to participate in the twelfth annual ProSpace March Storm to be held in Washington from February 26, 2006 through March 1, 2006.

In past years, ProSpace has kept alive funding for satellite solar power and last year was especially useful in obtaining passage of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act. It would be difficult to overstate the promise of this legislation. The act provides a clear and enabling regulatory regime for the emerging suborbital space transportation industry. The success of this industry appears critical to the evolution of a cheap, orbital transportation system through free and open competition in the marketplace.

ProSpace managed an SSI-sponsored briefing on Capitol Hill under the auspices of the Senate Space Roundtable on the NEO Impact Threat.

Participation in March Storm really makes a difference and the March Stormers have the additional satisfaction of knowing that it does. To become a veteran you need to invest two days, one in training on Sunday, February 26 and one briefing congressional offices on Capitol Hill the following Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday. After the daily congressional briefings, the veterans gather each evening to tell the most interesting stories of the day over dinner and drinks. These dinners are great fun and they ensure that you will end the day in a good mood.

For further information and to register, go to ProSpace.org.

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