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. Aâ€™Hearn
Water vs. Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration? Prof. Michael Aâ€™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
Mitchell Weiss of the SEEGRID Corp. gave a presentation titled, “Application of Visually Guided, Autonomous Robots to Space Mining and Construction,” during the SSI Space Manufacturing Conference in October.
Prof. Greg Baiden of Laurentian University and Penguin Automated Systems gave a talk titled, “Lunar Mining â€“ Taking the Best of Terrestrial Mining and Fitting it to the Moon,” during the SSI Space Manufacturing 14 conference in October.
Planetary scientistÂ 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, â€œAsiaâ€™s Road to the Moon,â€ at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The talk will focus on Asiaâ€™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 Instituteâ€™s Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement conference, which will be held from Oct. 29-31 in Silicon Valley.
The conference includes two days of sessions at the NASA Ames Conference Center and several events at the Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel. Highlights include:
â€œMoon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?â€ 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)
â€œSynthetic 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)
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Oct 18, 2010) — Famed biologist and entrepreneur Dr. Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics during the Space Studies Instituteâ€™s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Mountain View, Calif. on Oct. 30.
Venter â€” best known for his pioneering work in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell with a synthetic genome earlier this year â€” 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.
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.
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 humanityâ€™s future on the high frontier at the Space Studies Instituteâ€™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. (more…)
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.
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.
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 ExecutiveÂ Vice PresidentÂ Lee ValentineÂ told attendeesÂ at Space Access ’09 thatÂ SSI plans a renewed effort in several areas after going through some tough times.