SSI 50 Conference Update

Time is running out to buy tickets for the Space Studies Institute’s 50th anniversary conference at the special Early Bird rate. The special ends May 18.

Planning for the conference, which takes place September 9-10 in Seattle, is coming along nicely. Our venue is the Museum of Flight, a world-class air and space museum. We have engaged McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks to cater two gourmet luncheons for us, as well as afternoon snack breaks. Early ticket sales have been brisk, and response from invited speakers has been enthusiastic.

SSI 50 marks the kickoff for a new SSI project, the Space Settlement Enterprise. This multi-year project will reexamine the original High Frontier vision created by Professor Gerard O’Neill, bringing his ideas up to date with new technology, new discoveries, and new space ventures. This year’s conference will lay the groundwork that project, helping to determine the questions that need to be addressed. Our panel format is designed to allow for plenty of Q&A and audience interaction. There will be no passive lectures. We need your ideas.

Preliminary Schedule

Monday, Sept 9

8:00 On-site registration

9:00 Keynote and Welcome

9:30 “Habitats” — panel hosted by Dallas Bienhoff, founder, Cislunar Space Development Co.

11:30 Lunch

1:00 “Space Construction” — panel hosted by Joe Carroll, president, Tether Applications

3:00 Snack break

3:30 “Space Resources” — panel hosted by Prof. George Sowers, Colorado School of Mines

7:00 Possible Event Event TBA


Tuesday, Sept 10

8:00 On-site registration

9:00 Keynote

9:30 “Transportation and Logistics” — panel hosted by Henry Vanderbilt, founder, Space Access Society

11:30 Lunch

1:00 “Life Support and Public Health” — panel hosted by Dr. Jim Logan, Space Enterprise Institute

3:00 Snack break

3:30 “Economic Viability” — panel hosted by Edward Wright, senior researcher, SSI


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