Video: Space Manufacturing Conference “Extraterrestrial Prospecting” Session

A video of the “Extraterrestrial Prospecting” session held during the SSI Space Manufacturing 14 conference at NASA Ames Conference Center in October. Presenters discussed remote techniques for assaying and utilizing Near Earth Object resources.

Session Chair: Professor Michael F. A’Hearn

Water vs. Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration?
Prof. Michael A’Hearn, University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy

Mining Methods for Asteroid Utilization
Brad Blair, Space Studies Institute, and Prof. Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri-Rolla

Mining Concepts Development for Accessing Asteroid Resources

Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd

Resources from Asteroids: What We Can Expect From What We Know Now
Dr. Faith Vilas, University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory

A full archive of videos is located here.

View the archive of PowerPoint presentations given during the conference here.

Video: Using Robots for Mining the Moon

Prof. Greg Baiden of Laurentian University and Penguin Automated Systems gave a talk titled, “Lunar Mining – Taking the Best of Terrestrial Mining and Fitting it to the Moon,” during the SSI Space Manufacturing 14 conference in October.

A full archive of videos is located here.

View the archive of PowerPoint presentations given during the conference here.

John Lewis to Discuss Asia’s Road to the Moon at SSI Conference on Saturday

Planetary scientist Prof. John S. Lewis, who has lectured at the Center for Space Science and Applied Research and the Lunar Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Science, will give a dinner talk titled, “Asia’s Road to the Moon,” at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The talk will focus on Asia’s rising space programs and potential cooperation with the United States and other nations. This will be the keynote address at the dinner for the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference, which will be held from Oct. 29-31 in Silicon Valley.

Conference attendees and members of the public can purchase tickets to the dinner for $35 on the SSI website at http://ssi.org/2010-conference-space-manufacturing-14/2010-register/. The deadline for conference registration and dinner tickets is 5 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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SSI Space Manufacturing Conference Registration Closes Tuesday

Don’t miss your last chance to sign up for the 14th SSI Space Manufacturing and Space Settlement Conference in Silicon Valley from Oct. 29-31.

Registration for the conference will close at 5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, Oct. 26. To attend, please sign up now at http://ssi.org/2010-conference-space-manufacturing-14/

The conference includes two days of sessions at the NASA Ames Conference Center and several events at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. Highlights include:

  • “Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” NASA Ames Center Director Pete Worden will moderate a panel of six other experts to debate our first moves in expanding beyond Earth orbit. The round table will be followed by a reception. Friday, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m., Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. (Free to conference attendees and general public)
  • “Synthetic Genomics”: Famed biologist Craig Venter will focus on the role that synthetic organisms can play in future space settlement. This is a joint session with the Synthetic Biology Workshop. Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. (Conference and workshop attendees and media only)
  • “Asia’s Road to the Moon”: Dr. John Lewis, an adviser to the Chinese lunar program, will discuss the growing role of Asia in space exploration. Saturday, Oct. 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. (Separate ticket required)

Hope to see you all there!

Famed Biologist Craig Venter to Speak at SSI Space Manufacturing Conference

SSI PRESS RELEASE

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Oct 18, 2010) — Famed biologist and entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics during the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 30.

Venter — best known for his pioneering work in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell with a synthetic genome earlier this year — will give a 90-minute talk and Q&A session on the role that synthetic genetics will play in the future settlement of space. Venter will speak about how this emerging technology can be utilized in closed-loop life support systems, mineral extraction and synthesis, and other processes.

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A Preview of the Upcoming SSI Space Manufacturing Conference

Artist Don Davis' rendering of a space colony, part of the initial NASA Ames study done in 1975.

This week in The Space Review….

In Reviving the SSI Space Manufacturing Conference, Lee Valentine and I take a look at the history of the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing Conference and preview the 14th conference in Silicon Valley at the end of the month.

The Space Review also features:

A fading opportunity for export control reform?
The US space industry has raised its hopes in the last year about the prospects for improving export control given initiatives by the Obama Administration to reform the overall process. Jeff Foust reports that some advocates of reform, though, are skeptical that this effort will result in significant change.

The beginnings of planetary exploration
Fifty years ago this month the era of planetary exploration began with the first attempts by the Soviet Union to launch probes to Mars. Andrew LePage recounts the ultimately failed attempts by the Soviets to send spacecraft to the Red Planet.

SSI Space Manufacturing Conference to Plan Humanity’s Future on High Frontier

14th Space Studies Institute Conference on Space Manufacturing
and Space Settlement Set for Oct. 29-31 in Silicon Valley

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Oct 7, 2010) — Space scientists and entrepreneurs will meet in Silicon Valley from Oct. 29-31 to help plan humanity’s future on the high frontier at the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference.

During the gathering at the NASA Ames Conference Center and the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel, speakers will present a wide range of research topics, including affordable space transportation, extraterrestrial prospecting, lunar and asteroidal manufacturing processes, robotics and tele-operations, closed environment life support systems, space solar power and energy, and off-planet property rights. On Saturday, famed biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics.
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Lee Valentine to Discuss Space Manufacturing Conference on The Space Show

Space Studies Institute Executive Vice President Lee Valentine will be appearing on The Space Show With David Livingston today (Wednesday, Oct. 6) from 7-8 p.m. PDT to discuss the upcoming Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference. The gathering will be held from Oct. 29-31 at the NASA Ames Conference Center and Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel..

To listen listen to The Space Show, click here. For more details on the conferences, please see visit SSI’s website.

Stone, Valentine and Vedda on The Space Show this Week

On The Space Show this week…

Monday, Oct. 4, 2010: 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome Futron’s Jacob Gullish and COO and Director of Space and Telecommunications Division, Ms. Peggy Slye. Our guests will be discussing the Futron Space Competitive Index for 2010.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT:
We welcome back Dennis Stone to discuss World Space Week now in progress.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7-8 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Lee Valentine to discuss the upcoming Space Studies Institute Conference, Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement, Oct. 29-31, NASA Ames Conf. Center. For more details, please see http://ssi.org.

Friday, October 8 , 2010, 9:30-11AM PDT:
We welcome the return of Dr. Jim Vedda to the program. Jim will be updating us on space policy and talking about his current book, “Choice, Not Fate.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010. 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Josh Neubert of the Conrad Foundation. Josh may be joined by others from the Foundation to discuss this year’s Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Space Studies Institute Heads West, Plans Renewed Effort

The Space Studies Institute – a pioneering group in space settlement – has moved from its long-term base in Princeton, NJ to the new hotbed of commercial space activities, Mojave, Calif. SSI Executive Vice President Lee Valentine told attendees at Space Access ’09 that SSI plans a renewed effort in several areas after going through some tough times.

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