NSS to Honor Apollo Astronaut Al Worden at Annual Conference

Astronaut Al Worden

WASHINGTON (NSS PR) — The National Space Society (NSS) has named astronaut Al Worden the 2019 recipient of NSS’ Space Pioneer Award for Historic Space Achievement. Worden flew to the Moon on Apollo 15.

The prestigious award will be presented to Mr. Worden at the Society’s 38th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC®), to be held in the Washington DC area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel from June 6-9, 2019. NSS invites the public to come meet, interact and learn from Al Worden and attend his award ceremony.

For more information, see: isdc2019.nss.org.

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NewSpace Business Competition Announces Finalists


LOS ANGELES (CSCF PR) — Today, the Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced the finalists that will be competing in the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 26 during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles. Six finalists were selected to compete in the Shark Tank-style pitch competition:

  • Beyond Earth – Beyond Earth is a new entrant in the remote sensing arena focused on global water utilization.
  • First Resonance – Modern software solutions for aerospace manufacturing.
  • Space Map – A map and positioning system of the past, present, and future locations of all known bodies in the solar system.
  • Stofiel Aerospace – A small satellite launch system offering scalable, mobile, and on-demand launches of individual payloads between 15 and 250kg, for $20k per kg.
  • Voyager Space Technologies – Artificially intelligent software to dramatically lower the time and cost it takes to design new satellites.
  • Waypoint 2 Space – Space experiences and space training services, for the general public, commercial spaceflight participants (space tourists), and the research community.

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NewSpace Business Plan Competition Set for May

GOES-16 captured this view of the moon as it looked above the surface of the Earth on January 15. Like earlier GOES satellites, GOES-16 will use the moon for calibration. (Credits: NOAA/NASA)

LOS ANGELES (Center for Space Commerce & Finance PR) — Today, the The Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced a call for competitors for a regional NewSpace Business Plan Competition being held in conjunction with the 2018 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) on May 26, in Los Angeles. In a “Shark Tank” style competition, startups will present their business plans in front of a panel of investors and the ISDC audience, for a chance to win a cash prize.

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SpaceX to Receive NSS Space Pioneer Award

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen as it launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 4 East with the Jason-3 spacecraft onboard, , Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will help continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of global ocean height changes. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen as it launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 4 East with the Jason-3 spacecraft onboard, , Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will help continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of global ocean height changes. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5 (NSS PR) — SpaceX is the winner of the National Space Society’s 2016 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering. This award recognizes the company’s recent major achievement, the historic first landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec 21, 2015, which was a major step toward fulfilling one of the major “holy grail” quests of the space community – reusability.

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Citizens in Space, SSI to Unveil New Strategy for Space Development

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LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2014 (Citizens in Space PR) – A new strategy for space development will be presented at the International Space Development Conference, which takes place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel this week.

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy and the Space Studies Institute, will present “The Great Enterprise: From Citizen Space Exploration to Space Settlement” in the Redondo California Ballroom at 3:00 on Saturday, May 17.

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ISDC Media Panel Set for May 17

 

I’m on a media panel with three other media personalities at the upcoming International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles.

But, we’re not the only ones at ISDC this year. Read more about the conference below and sign up.

Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk Lead List of Luminaries at
NSS International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles

May 14-18 Event is Open to the Public with Paid Registration

Los Angeles, Calif., May 1, 2014 (ISDC PR) — The 33rd Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2014) kicks off on Wednesday, May 14, for five days of presentations, panels, exhibits, lunches and dinners celebrating this year’s theme, “A Space Renaissance.”

ISDC is the yearly conference of the National Space Society (NSS), a nonprofit organization that has hosted the gathering since 1982. This year’s venue is the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport.

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This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, April 28, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PDT(5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): JOHN SPENCER AND NICOLA SARZI-AMADE on ISDC 2014 from May 14-18, 2014. See http://isdc.nss.org/2014.

2. Tuesday, April 29, 2014:, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): DR. AJAY KOTHARI, President of Astrox (see www.astrox.com). We will be discussing hypersonics and more. See his Op-Ed on the subject at http://thespacereview.com/article/2490/1.

3. Friday, May 2 2014, 9:30 AM-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT; 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT): We welcome DAVID RUCK to the program to discuss his film “So You Want To Be An Astronaut.” .

4. Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome ROD PYLE to our program to discuss his new book, “Innovation The NASA Way.”

Discount Tickets Offered for NSS ISDC Conference

isdc2014-logoLOS ANGELES (Rush49 PR) — Online adventure deals site, Rush49, in association with the National Space Society will offer a series of exclusive admission tickets to attend the 33rd annual ISDC conference, one of which includes entrance to an awards presentation dinner, with recipient Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors on Friday, May 16th, 2014.

Rush49.com, a southern California-based online adventure and adrenaline deals site, in exclusive partnership with the National Space Society, is now expanding its repertoire of high-octane racing/driving experiences and themed outdoor events and excursions to include a foray into the final frontier—space.

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Greetings from ISDC in La Jolla

nss_logoGreetings from the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in sunny La Jolla, Calif. I’m coming to you somewhat live from the upscale Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

Yes, I have made it out of the Mojave Desert for a few days — far away from the big bad winds that threaten to blow my house down, the dust storms that clog up my sinuses, and the suicidal rabbits that jump in front of my car. (I’m serious; it’s the most disturbing thing about that place. That…and all the meth labs.)

But, I digress.

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Buzz Drops By The Space Show Today

Buzz Aldrin salutes during the singing of the National Anthem at the Spaceport America runway dedication.
Buzz Aldrin salutes during the singing of the National Anthem at the Spaceport America runway dedication.

The ubiquitous Buzz Aldrin drops by The Space Show for a chat with David Livingston this evening. Three other shows follow later in the week.

1. Monday, May 13, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome back BUZZ ALDRIN to discuss his new book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.”.

2. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome STAN ROSEN and DAVE DRESSLER to discuss the upcoming ISDC Conference at the end of May in San Diego, CA. For more information on ISDC, visit http://isdc.nss.org/2013/.

3. Friday, May 17: , 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): FRANK STRATFORD joins us again from Mars Drive in Australia. Frank will be talking about his latest Space Review article, www.thespacereview.com/article/2281/1.

4. Sunday, May 19, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome we welcome back DR. JOHN BRANDENBURG to discuss Feynman, matters of gravity, the Higgs boson ( his recent paper in Albq.) and the presence of Chechen terrorists in his Asteroid Sepulveda Novel!

Images: Robert Bigelow’s Ambitious Plans for Space

Robert Bigelow was the keynote speaker at the NSS Governors’ Dinner and Gala in Huntsville last night. Standing beneath a Saturn V in a city that forms the heart of opposition to NASA’s commercial approach to human spaceflight, the founder of Bigelow Aerospace laid out his ambitious plans to launch private space stations into orbit by the middle of the decade. The details are laid out in the photos below.

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ISDC Begins

Hi folks.

ISDC has formally begun. I’m doing updates here on PA and @spacecom on Twitter.

The morning started out with a Plenary session titled, “How Space Gets Done,” in which various experts described the process by which space policy in Washington is formulated. Apparently, it’s a complex, messy and ever changing endeavor done by a small group of folks who all go to the same receptions.

Many of them had the pleasure to study, as I did, under Dr. John Logsdon, professor emeritus from the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. Logsdon was a panelist today and had a few choice observations about the state of America’s space programs.

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Bigelow to Keynote International Space Development Conference

Robert Bigelow

NSS PR — Robert Bigelow, Founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, <http://www.bigelowaerospace.com>  will be the Honored Keynote Speaker at the ISDC Governors’ Dinner and Gala to be held in the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on May 20.  Mr. Bigelow founded Bigelow Aerospace, which is noted for developing and launching the first inflatable space habitats.  At the Gala, Mr. Bigelow will also receive the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Space Development for his efforts to advance the technology of space habitats and for the significance they may play in the development of space tourism, industry and exploration.

Bigelow Aerospace took over the Transhab space habitat development program after NASA scrapped it, and effectively reinvented it – developing and successfully launching its prototypes, Genesis I and II, in 2006 and 2007. Limitations on payload volume during launch are one of the major constraints of the NewSpace industry, and the Company’s inflatable concept solves that problem for most in-space habitat applications. The lower launch volume and mass per volume of the inflatables, combined with now imminent launch cost reductions, should soon allow delivery of paying passengers to safe and functional orbiting destinations, such as the Bigelow station planned for operation by 2015.

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The Space Show This Week

This week on The Space Show

1. Monday, March 21, 2011 , 2-3:30 PM PDT. We welcome back Bob Werb, co-founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, to discuss the “Keep The Promise Program”.

2. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT: We turn our attention to the upcoming ISDC Conference with Cliff McMurray and Bart Leahy.

3. Friday, March 25, 2011 , 9:30-11 AM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Clay Moltz regarding his current work and writings addressing space governance issues and more.

4. Sunday, March 27, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT. We welcome back Dr. Bill Rowe for Part 3 of his 3 part series on space medicine, related issues for our personal lives, and more. It would also help to be familiar with his first two programs which are archived from March 14 and 18, 2011.

Armadillo and Space Adventures Outline Plans for Human Suborbital Flights

At ISDC today, Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson and Armadillo Aerospace’s John Carmack outlined the two companies’ collaboration on developing a suborbital vehicle to take humans and experiments into space. Jeff Foust and Donnie Lowther covered the talk via Twitter:

@DKLowther Space Adventures has paid Armadillo to start developing suborbital vehicle–ducks in a row–going to ramp things up.
@jefffoust Anderson is showing an animation now: features a cone-shaped vehicle atop four spherical propellant tanks and a central engine, VTVL.
@jefffoust Carmack: no one vehicle concept yet for suborbital, will test a variety of ideas. Armadillo focusing more on suborbital, hiring now.
@jefffoust Carmack: expect in a year to fly science payloads above 100K feet. A year after that, fly payloads above 100 km.
@jefffoust Anderson: won’t say when the first flight will be. Have customers already, including a half-dozen former astronauts.
@DKLowther In ramping things up, Armadillo expects to operate at a loss for the next 2 years.
@DKLowther Armadillo is looking to steal talented people from their competitors. Their vehicle will be remote controlled.
@jefffoust Carmack acknowledges that there’s competition, but doesn’t think Virgin can compete on price, wonders if others are fully funded.
@jefffoust Anderson chose to partner with Armadillo because they have best shot at lowering the cost of spaceflight.