Thank you for your Support!

Since Gerard K. O’Neill founded The Space Studies Institute in 1977, we have been “Working on The High Frontier” and your generous support makes each day a closer step towards the goal of the Human Breakout into Space.

The SSI Senior Associate Program is the backbone of our organization and, quite literally, the SSI Senior Associates keep SSI moving forward.  Many people chose to support individual SSI projects such as the Exotic Propulsion Initiative which lead to the creation and successes of the SSI NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Team and our ability to bring the complete proceedings and presentation videos of two world-famous workshops to the world “for free.”

No matter which program you support we will put your donation to use. And when you make a general donation we want you to know that you are keeping the lights on in the SSI Mojave Spaceport office, the internet fees paid and truly helping the Institute manage all of the regular day to day budget challenges that a Non Profit organization faces.

So for your donation today, we all say a very sincere THANK YOU!

The Space Studies Institute
Founded in 1977 by Gerry O’Neill
Working Today On The High Frontier – thanks to YOU.


3 thoughts on “Thank you for your Support!”

  1. Dear SSi
    I decide to donate 50 dollars a year as my investment in a optimistic future as put forward by Mr O.Neill .With a new cold war on the horizon his vision is more valuable than ever. I am a proud owner of 2 editions of High Frontier including much to my delight a signed copy. I have a 70s edition on order from abebooks. This was done as I was reading Michio Kakus book
    Future Of Humanity and there was no mention of the High Frontier in it so a donation and the book purchase seemed in order
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you Edward!

      Very happy to have you back as an SSI Associate. Yes, Space is again top of mind in the world but again the word “Space” still tends to be used in the place of “Mars” or another planetary surface. And again the question has to be asked and seriously considered:

      ‘Is a planetary surface, any planetary surface, really the best place for an advancing, expanding technological civilization?’

      The great thing is that when most people give the question serious thought they start to see that real opportunities, cost savings and true paybacks are easier in “Space”. It is not an obvious comprehension without some thought, we are all raised to think of Mars or the Moon or some other surface down yet another gravity well as being the only place where life is possible and even very smart people need to sell books based on what their audiences want to hear instead of what is really possible. But with you re-reading The High Frontier then and getting back into the proven research, the full story can be told and made clear by more people.

      All things go in cycles and, with effort from individuals like you, the “impossible” things are eventually understood as being obviously do-able.

  2. I have been a member of both The Planetary Society, and the National Space Society since 1978. I have come to the conclusion that Spin Generated Artificial Gravity is the only way to open up the space frontier to large numbers of people. See, if you can’t have children in lower than Earth Gravity, you can’t have a “Colony”, you can only have an “outpost”. I want to do more than visit space, I want to live the rest of my life there.

    Spin Generated Artificial Gravity in small space habitats, and ships is the only way to Colonize space. Small is affordable, and livable long term. Small radius habitats 4 meters in radius, rotating at 16 RPM (that’s 1 rotation every 3.45 sec.)will give 1 g at the floor, and .5 g at radius 2 meters. So someone who is 2 meters tall standing on the inside of the drum will feel 1g at their feet and .5g at the top of their head. From what I have read many scientists, and engineers feel this is to small a habitat to be adaptable to. The main argument is that motion sickness will be too severe for anyone to tolerate long term.

    My arguments are that sea sickness is overcome in 3 – 5 days, Space sickness is overcome in 3 – 5 days. Astronauts spun quickly in zero gravity do not get sick (after having adapted to zero gee for 3 – 5 days) Long term spin gravity studies have all been done on Earth (out of necessity). On Earth the Inner Ear (Vestibular System) is subjected to 3 force vectors when simulating earth gravity (earth gravity, spin gravity, and the Coriolis force). In Space the inner ear is subjected to only two force vectors (Spin gravity, and the Coriolis force). That will reduce the stress on the vestibular system.

    Other data suggests that humans can adapt to high spin rates if they adapt to zero g first, and then slowly increase the spin rate of the habitat over several days, or weeks. Further assertions are that passengers could move freely from the spinning habitat to zero g sections of the ship, and back with no ill effects (after the initial adaptation period).

    The size of these habitats and / or ships will allow early adoption of Spin Generated Artificial Gravity. And Allow colonies to be built much sooner.

    The alternative is failed Mars missions (astronauts to week to perform), and if colonists live on Mars, a new species that can not return to Earth. We don’t know if sperm can fertilize egg in gravity lower than 1g.

    Two experiments that could quickly take these arguments further are. Fertilization experiments with human sperm, and egg, in a centrifuge on the space station, at Mars, and Moon gravity. Fertilizing and hatching a chicken egg would also be useful for food source studies.

    This centrifuge on the ISS:

    Could lead to this type of Space habitat, or ship:

    I would add that the habitat in the video needs to be inside an outer hull to avoid space walks for repairs, and due to the fact that bearings, can not hold vacuum one one side, and air pressure on the other side without leaking.

    Precession is another problem with spinning habitats. This can be countered by having two counter rotating habitats that are linked Via the outer hull support structure. If the habitat is supported by bearings at the rim, and not the hub the torques from people moving around will be supported by a large load bearing structure adding safety to the design.

    Power can be transferred by inductive couplings at the outer diameter of the rim. Data could be transmitted via RF or WiFi.

    Redundant life support systems will add safety as well. pressure suit in every cabin, sealed airtight cabin with power backup, airlocks at cabin exit into hub, and hub airlocks at ends of 2 meter diameter hub. In the event of a decompression in the larger ship you have an airlock from the cabins, to the hub, to the ship. This allows easier recovery from disaster.

    And that is my view of the future in a nutshell. Keep up the great works. And pass this along to anyone who will read it. Peter Diamandis, Elon Musk, Gwen Shotwell, Jeff Bezos, etc.


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