NewSpace Pioneer Gary Hudson Appointed Space Studies Institute CEO

A note from Space Studies Institute Chairman Lee Valentine:

SSI’s distinguished board of Senior Advisers continues to expand, and increasingly plays a strong role in deciding our future direction. After a meeting of Senior Advisers and Professor Dyson in July 2011, we decided to restructure SSI’s dual Board of Governors and Board of Directors to a single, smaller and more active Board of Trustees.

On December 16, 2011, the Board of Governing Members adopted new by-laws to accomplish that goal, and elected three Trustees: Professor Freeman Dyson, Gary C Hudson and myself. I continue as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Gary was elected to serve as President and CEO.

The full message is reproduced after the break.

SSI Update Winter 2012

Within the next ten years, one or more of the new space companies will develop a mature space transportation system, and the cost of space transportation will drop by a factor of between 10 and 50. While the technology for space transportation has been advancing rapidly in the past few years, the supporting technologies of space settlement have not been moving so quickly.

SSI’s purpose is to minimize the time between the appearance of transportation able to support space industrialization and settlement, and the first space colonies.

SSI’s distinguished board of Senior Advisers continues to expand, and increasingly plays a strong role in deciding our future direction. After a meeting of Senior Advisers and Professor Dyson in July 2011, we decided to restructure SSI’s dual Board of Governors and Board of Directors to a single, smaller and more active Board of Trustees.

On December 16, 2011, the Board of Governing Members adopted new by-laws to accomplish that goal, and elected three Trustees: Professor Freeman Dyson, Gary C Hudson and myself. I continue as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Gary was elected to serve as President and CEO.

Decades ago, Gary Hudson courageously undertook the great challenge of developing a mature space transportation system. The grand promise of space settlement and space industrialization motivated him then and now.

For the past several months, with the support of SSI’s Trustees and Senior Advisers, Gary has pursued a plan to accelerate the appearance of the first permanent human space settlement.

Please join me in welcoming Gary Hudson as SSI’s new President.

Sincerely,

Lee Valentine, Chairman
lee@ssi.org