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NSS Urges Trump to Lead Lunar Base Construction

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nss_logoWASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2016 (NSS PR) — On Saturday, October 8th, the National Space Society (NSS) organized a workshop directed at recommending a space policy to the new Administration. Eleven thought leaders from government, industry, and academia gathered in a fruitful collaboration to produce a set of five recommendations.

Steve Jurvetson, a partner at the well-known Silicon Valley Sand Hill Road venture capital firm DFJ hosted the meeting at the DFJ offices. NSS has submitted the resulting white paper to the Trump Transition Team. The paper can be viewed at The paper can be viewed at http://www.nss.org/legislative/positions/NSS-DFJ-Workshop-Recommendations-Nov-2016.pdf.

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NSS Sets Invite Only Space Settlement Summit in Santa Monica

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

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

The National Space Society (NSS) is having a two-day, invitation-only Space Settlement Summit at a swanky hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., in early January.

The $1,000 per ticket gathering will take place at the Shutters on the Beach Hotel on Jan. 10-11. Rooms at the luxury hotel start from $468 and go up to $3,230 for a bedroom suite.

According to the summit’s buzz word heavy website:

The National Space Society is convening the Space Settlement Summit to bring together the leading people, companies and organizations that are making space settlement a reality. Participation in this event will be by invitation only and is limited to a very select group of people who will set the cultural message of near term Space Settlement and those who will build and finance it.

The objective of the event is to show the synergistic in-space ecosystem that is emerging; to facilitate a convergence of interests and opportunities amongst the key players; and to identify critical issues along the path to Space Settlement.

This summit will bring together not only the companies and organizations that are charting this new frontier, but also the thought leaders who are constantly innovating new ways for Space Settlement to flourish in the immediate future.

Convergence. Synergistic. Ecosystem. Thought leaders. That odd use of the British English word amongst. Still not buzzy enough. How about this: Could this event be a game changing, paradigm shifting pivot that will lead to an exponential explosion in humanity’s conquest of space?

Invites have already been sent out, so if you haven’t received yours, consider yourself either out of luck or fortunate, depending upon how you view NSS and the summit.

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NSS Space Settlement Campaign Supports Elon Musk’s Mars Settlement Plans

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A view from martian orbit. (Credit: SpaceX)

A view from martian orbit. (Credit: SpaceX)

WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2016 (NSS PR) — At today’s meeting of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk, CEO of Space X, announced his bold plan to build a city on Mars. For over 40 years the National Space Society has led advocacy for space settlement.

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SpaceX to Receive NSS Space Pioneer Award

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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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Space Solar Power Team Breaks Through At D3 Innovation Summit

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Paul Jaffe and Peter Garretson with awards. (Credit; NSS)

Paul Jaffe and Peter Garretson with awards. (Credit; NSS)

WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2016 (NSS PR) — The National Space Society congratulates the Space Solar Power D3 (SSPD3) team on sweeping the awards in a March 2 multi-departmental competition to find promising new technology ideas that could simultaneously advance diplomacy, defense and development (D3). The SSPD3 team proposal was titled “Carbon-Free Energy for Global Resilience and International Goodwill.”

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Made In Space Teams with Enterprise In Space to 3D Print First Space-Bound Airframe

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Alice Hoffman, Mike Snyder and Lynne Zielinski with EIS 3D printed model. (Credit: NSS)

Alice Hoffman, Mike Snyder and Lynne Zielinski with EIS 3D printed model. (Credit: NSS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2015 (NSS PR) — Enterprise In Space (EIS), an international project of the non-profit National Space Society, is excited to announce a partnership with Made In Space, Inc. to extensively use 3D printed components in a spacecraft to be launched into Earth orbit. This educational spacecraft will be the first real spacecraft bearing the “Enterprise” name. Once in orbit, the NSS Enterprise will not only be the first 3D printed airframe in space, but it will also carry more than 100 passive and active student experiments into space and back to Earth.

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NSS Praises Signing of Commercial Space Competitiveness Act

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nss_logoWASHINGTON, DC (NSS PR) — On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed the landmark Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA). NSS congratulates President Obama and the Senate and House leadership for their hard work in hammering out a compromise between the previously passed House and Senate versions.

“It is hard to over-emphasize the importance of the CSLCA,” said Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President. “There are a lot of excellent provisions in this legislation, and we want to thank House Majority Leader McCarthy for guiding the final version to the President’s desk.”

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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, August 10, 2015; : 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome JEREMY STRAUB and several of his students to discuss their research on a wide range of space related topics including cybersecurity for spacecraft (an intrusion detection system and cryptography technique) to an attitude determination and control system component to image processing.

2. Tuesday, August 10, 2015, 7 PM PDT (10 PM EDT, 9 PM CDT): We welcome RUSSELL COX, CEO & Founder, The Lunar Initiatives. See www.LunarInitiatives.com.

3. Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30 AM – 1 PM CDT): We welcome back CHARLES MILLER to discuss the new Return to the Moon concept and architecture as described in the new report, “Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships.” See www.nss.org/docs/EvolvableLunarArchitecture.pdf for further information.

4. Sunday, August 16:,12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). Welcome to our OPEN LINES program. All space & STEM calls welcome. First time callers welcome.

Study: Returning Astronauts to Moon Cheaper Than Thought

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The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

A new study published last week has put forth an “Evolvable Lunar Architecture” (ELA) that it claims would reduce the projected cost a returning humans to the moon by up to 90 percent.

The study, “Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships,” finds that the  projected cost of returning to the moon could be reduced from about $100 billion to about $10 billion (plus or minus 30 percent) using private-public partnerships that leverage emerging commercial capabilities.

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National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program

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WASHINGTON, DC (NSS PR ) — The National Space Society (NSS) strongly opposes the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $344 million (27%) cut of the 2015 Commercial Crew budget requested by the Administration. The Senate cuts were $100 million more than those recently passed by the House.

NSS stands with NASA administrator Charles Bolden when he said “By gutting this program and turning our backs on U.S. industry, NASA will be forced to continue to rely on Russia to get its astronauts into space – and to continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the Russian economy rather than our own.” The two winners of the Commercial Crew competition, Boeing and SpaceX, have been making excellent progress, exemplified by the May 6th successful pad abort test of the SpaceX Dragon 2 crew escape system. Both are on track to fly astronauts in 2017 assuming funding is provided.

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Space Dev Alliance Proposes National Cheap Access to Space Prize

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The newly established Alliance for Space Development (ASD) wants to introduce a bill in Congress offering $3.5 billion in prize money for companies capable of flying fully reusable human spacecraft into orbit.

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NSS Launches Enterprise in Space

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NSS_Enterprise_in_SpaceWASHINGTON, DC – September 24, 2014 (NSS PR) — The National Space Society (NSS) is launching a new project called “Enterprise In Space” (EIS). This project will design, build, launch, orbit, re-enter, tour, and display a science-fiction-inspired satellite as a science education and technology demonstration project for all ages and as a tribute to the great visionaries of science and science fiction.

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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

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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.”