NSS to Announce “Ground-Breaking” Wireless Space Solar Power Findings

PowerSat's plans for beaming energy from space

NSS PR — Washington, D.C. — The National Space Society (NSS) will hold a press conference on November 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the findings of a ground-breaking space solar power study conducted by the prestigious International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

“With space solar power technology, energy can be collected from space and transmitted wirelessly anywhere in the world,” said Mark Hopkins, the leading Executive Officer of the National Space Society. “This technology could be the answer to our energy crisis. We look forward to sharing the results of the IAA’s study, and exploring the potential that space solar power has for creating thousands of green energy jobs,” he added.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the press are encouraged to attend.

Top NSS Ambassador to Fly into Space

SpaceShipTwo glides downward on its first test flight. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)

NSS PR — On May 7th, 2011, the National Space Society’s Space Ambassador program began its year-long mission. The top ambassador will be assigned a research trip to space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

The program, which was over two years in development, is the first of its kind. The mission of the Space Ambassador program is to communicate the benefits of space exploration to our daily lives and to inspire and educate young people and the public to pursue careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. We wish to inspire a new generation of leaders to take an active role in helping to create the future they wish to see come to pass.

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NSS Awards Pioneer Award to SpaceX

The static test of a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 4, 2010. (Credit: SpaceX)

NSS PR — In recognition of SpaceX’s groundbreaking year in 2010, with the successful launch of two Falcon 9 rockets, and the safe return of its Dragon capsule, the National Space Society (NSS) is today announcing that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will be the recipient of the NSS’s 2011 Pioneer Award for Business Entrepreneur. This award will be presented at the NSS’s annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC), which will be held from May 18-May 22, 2011 in Huntsville, Alabama. Adam Harris, SpaceX’s Vice President for Government Affairs, will accept the award on behalf of SpaceX.

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NSS Gets Support for Space Solar Power Effort

NSS PR — Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, a Senior Fellow at India’s Institute of Security Studies, and Senior Fellow at India’s Observer Research Foundation, is urging the United States and India to jointly develop an energy alternative that can take us beyond nuclear technology.  Events like the recent earthquake in Japan are causing many to rethink traditional energy sources.  The energy alternative suggested is Space Solar Power (SSP).  In the online Analysis publication of the Indian Observer Research Foundation, Dr. Rajagopalan writes, “With the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, isn’t it time for India and the US to make serious commitments to Space-Based Solar Power?”

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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.

NSS, SEA Plan Legislative Blitz

A note from NSS Executive Director Gary Barnhardt:

The National Space Society and the Space Exploration Alliance invite you to participate in the annual Legislative Blitz in Washington, D.C. from February 27 to March 1. The 2011 Blitz comes at a crucial moment. In September 2010, Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. It is now time for Congress to enact legislation that appropriates the required funding in compliance with the Authorization Act.

Over 100 meetings are anticipated with Congressional offices. Blitz participants will have the opportunity to discuss the future direction of our nation’s space program. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.

You can register to participate in the Legislative Blitz by following this link (Register Now!), or, for more information contact Rick Zucker at rick.zucker@nss.org.

If you can not attend please consider lending your financial support to the effort (Online Donation)

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the schedule for four space lobbying efforts taking place on the Hill this winter:

Legislative Blitz
Organizers: National Space Society/Space Exploration Alliance
Dates: Feb. 27 – March 1
Registration

“Keep Your Promise”
Organizer: Space Frontier Foundation
Dates: March 6-8, 2011
Information

March Storm
Organizer: ProSpace
Dates: March 13-15
Information

California Space Week Washington DC
Organizer: California Space Authority
Dates: March 28-31, 2011
Register

NSS Urges Congress to Pass NASA Spending Plan Now

NSS PRESS RELEASE
Nov. 29, 2010

In late September 2010, after many months of debate, Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. This three-year authorization demonstrated a bipartisan, cooperative effort on the part of both the House and the Senate to provide a framework for engaging the Executive Branch in a comprehensive dialog on the future of NASA. On October 11, 2010, the bill was signed into law by the president.

In an era when such strong bipartisan agreement is rarely seen, the overwhelming support on both sides of the political aisle for our nation’s space program and for the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 reaffirmed our nation’s strong commitment to a space program that is dynamic, engaging, and sustainable. Although the compromise embodied in this legislation is not without risk to the ultimate success of the U.S. human spaceflight program, it nevertheless provides guidance to the Executive Branch and a path forward.

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Kalam-NSS Initiative Aimed at Producing Cheap Clean Power from Space

National Space Society Chairman Mark Hopkins held a press conference this morning in which he unveiled more details of the Kalam-NSS Initiative, a joint U.S.-Indian effort aimed at building clean space-based solar power satellites.

Hopkins said that the program would combine American technology and low-cost Indian manufacturing to generate jobs and clean energy in both countries. A vibrant space solar power program would make the nations net energy exporters instead of importers.

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NSS, India to Launch Space-Based Solar Power Initiative

NSS PRESS RELEASE

The National Space Society will hold a press conference Thursday, November 4 at the National Press Club to reveal one of the first initiatives ever undertaken by a non-profit American organization and a former head of state. That initiative pairs India’s eleventh President, Dr. A.P.J. Kalam with America’s National Space Society. Its name? The Kalam-NSS Energy Initiative.

The Kalam-NSS Energy Initiative’s goals? To solve the global energy crisis. To solve the global carbon crisis. And to solve America’s next generation jobs crisis. How? By harvesting solar power in space.

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Groups Praise SpaceX for Successful Falcon 9 Flight

The National Space Society, the Planetary Society, and the Space Foundation all issued statements praising SpaceX for the first flight of the Falcon 9 rocket on Friday.

NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY

The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on a successful first launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, The launch payload for this test flight was the aerodynamic test article for the Dragon cargo and crew module.

Gary Barnhard, Executive Director of the National Space Society, said, “This is another milestone in the annals of spaceflight.  By successfully launching a multi-engine, multi-stage rocket of their own design and manufacture with a payload to Low Earth Orbit, SpaceX has taken a bold step forward.  Make no mistake about it, building rockets is not a forgiving business.  Their successful flight is a testament to SpaceX’s concerted efforts to get it right.  The eyes of the world were on them and they did get it right.”

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Space Exploration Alliance to Blitz Congress Next Week

SEA PRESS RELEASE

The Space Exploration Alliance, the nation’s largest coalition of non-profit space advocacy groups, is poised for its annual visit to Capitol Hill where members will embody the broad public support for human space exploration.

SEA members will be meeting with over 100 Congressional members and staff between February 21 – 23, one of the most ambitious campaigns since the inception of the annual SEA events in 2004.

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NSS: Humans to the Moon by 2025

Altair on the moon

NSS STATEMENT

The National Space Society (NSS) commends NASA and the Executive Branch for proposing to increase spending for science, technology, and sustainable economic development in space; however, we believe the President’s 2011 budget request would leave the job only partly done. NSS calls for the President and Congress to restore funding for human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit. NASA’s goal should be to make it possible to incorporate energy and resources from space into our economy and to extend human presence throughout the solar system.

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NSS Congratulates Tim Pickens on Sale of Orion Propulsion

NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE
December 21, 2009

The National Space Society (“NSS”) congratulates one of its own, Tim Pickens, on the sale of his successful pioneering NewSpace company, Orion Propulsion, Inc. (“OPI”), to another Huntsville, Alabama-based aerospace company, Dynetics. OPI specializes in spacecraft and rocket propulsion design and fabrication, testing services, ground support equipment, and launch operations support. Mr. Pickens, who was chief technology officer for OPI, will serve as chief propulsion engineer for Dynetics.

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NSS on SpaceShipTwo: We Like It!

Photo Credit: Sam Coniglio
Photo Credit: Sam Coniglio

NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE

On December 7, 2009, in a star-studded ceremony at the Mojave Spaceport in Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic’s new commercial suborbital spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo (manufactured by Scaled Composites) was unveiled to the public for the first time. SpaceShipTwo, christened the “Enterprise”, is now ready to undergo the series of rigorous test flights and certification procedures which are necessary before it can proceed to operational status.

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