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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Test Flight Brings National Space Society’s Vision of a Return to the Moon and a Spacefaring Civilization Closer

(Washington, DC -- February 7, 2018)  NSS congratulates SpaceX on the first flight of the Falcon Heavy(FH). FH opens an era of lower launch costs that will enable a wide range of new endeavors in space, including an affordable return to the Moon. “The FH will enable concept studies like the Evolvable Lunar Architecture to become a reality, allowing the U.S.A. to return to the Moon within the current NASA budget while maintaining a balanced space program, including a gapless transition to future low Earth orbit commercial space stations and robotic exploration of the solar system,” said NSS Senior Vice President Bruce Pittman. “NSS members look forward to seeing NASA join the U.S. military in making use of the commercially competitive FH, now the most capable rocket currently flying.” See full press release.

March Storm 2018 Registration is now open!

NSS, the Alliance for Space Development, and the Space Frontier Foundation are sponsoring March Storm 2018, the premier citizen space related Washington visit event, March 11-15. Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 days of Congressional visits. Training will prepare you to meet with Congresspersons and staffers even if you have no prior experience.

Please sign up at Eventbrite. This year we have decided to request participants pay a $40 registration fee, and we are using Eventbite, a popular and reliable service, to collect the fees. PLEASE NOTE – students are free on display of a student ID card during the training session. Also, if you are unable to pay the $40, scholarships are available. Eventbrite will walk you through the process. Please send any questions to NSS Executive VP

National Space Society Announcements of Awards to be Presented at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles May 24-27, 2018.

NSS invites the public to come meet, interact and learn from the awardees and attend their award ceremonies at the ISDC. Watch this space as awards are announced. Announced as of February 28:

* Dr. Frank Drake will be presented a NSS Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering. See full press release.

* Freeman Dyson will be presented the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award. See full press release.

* The Cassini and Huygens Teams will be presented NSS Space Pioneer Awards for Science and Engineering. See full press release.

* Sean Hargreaves, Star Trek Movie Concept Designer, will be presented the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Art. See full press release.

* NASA Astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will be presented the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Non-Legislative Government Service. See full press release.

National Space Society Endorses Presidential Space Policy Directive 1: Back to the Moon to Stay

(Washington, DC -- January 2, 2018) On December 11, 2017, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD1), which called for the United States to “lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization” while working with “commercial and international partners.”

“The National Space Society worked to inform the new Administration regarding its views on space policy options over the last year, and is pleased to see that two of the Society’s recommendations have been adopted,” said Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President. Mark Hopkins, the Chair of the NSS Executive Committee, added, “NSS is pleased that Space Policy Directive 1 calls for a return to the Moon with international and commercial partners.” See full press release.

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the Return to Flight Status of SLC-40 and the Launch of CRS-13

(Washington, DC -- December 19, 2017)  The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the successful launch of Commercial Resupply Services 13 (CRS-13) Falcon 9/Dragon to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:36 AM EST. “NSS members are especially excited about Made in Space’s optical fiber manufacturing facility Dragon is carrying to the ISS,” said Dale Skran, the NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. See full press release.

New Shepard Flight Brings Sub-Orbital Tourism Closer

(Washington, DC -- December 14, 2017) The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Blue Origin on the seventh New Shepard flight December 12, 2017. After reaching over 98 kilometers in height, both the booster and the capsule were successfully recovered. “Blue Origin plans to use the technology from New Shepard to build its ‘Blue Moon’ lander,” said Dale Skran, the NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. “This is a great example of pioneering private-sector technology that as part of a public-private partnership could support a USA return to the Moon as called for in Space Policy Directive 1.” On December 11, 2017, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which called for the United States to “lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization” while working with “commercial and international partners.” See full press release.

Save the date for March Storm 2018

March Storm 2018 will be held March 11-15 in Washington DC. The annual congressional visit event is sponsored by NSS, Space Frontier Foundation, and the Alliance for Space Development. It is your chance to make your voice heard on key space issues with our nations leaders. Sunday March 11 is a mandatory full-day training event, followed by up to four days of Congressional visits March 12-15. Participants are asked to join a minimum of two visit days, but those days need not be consecutive. The themes of the 2018 event will likely include support for a gapless transition to future commercial LEO stations, the Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act, planetary defense using the JPL NEOCAM probe, Ultra-low cost access to space, and a return to the Moon.

Texas Home District Blitz Keeps Rolling

On October 30, 2017, a team of five NSS members met with local staff for Representative Babin (R-36), the Chair of the Space Subcommittee of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee. Babin is one of the most important leaders in the space area in the House, and NSS rolled out a large team, including including Chapter President Eric Bowen, NSS Secretary Anita Gale, and David Cheuvront, a member of the Policy Committee. The meeting lasted two hours, which may be a record, and was very constructive. The “Make-up” Texas Home District Blitz will continue to target key Texas Representatives in the weeks ahead.

National Space Society Congratulates Representative Jim Bridenstine on His Nomination to be NASA Administrator

(Washington DC, September 2, 2017)  The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1) on his nomination to be the next NASA Administrator.

“NSS looks forward to working with Representative Bridenstine in his new role as the NASA Administrator,” said Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. “Representative Bridenstine over his years in Congress worked with NSS to advance America’s space program. He has introduced the American Space Renaissance Act, which has been a powerful tool for advancing new ideas to improve America’s position in space.” See full press release.

National Space Society Governor Scott Pace Named to National Space Council as Executive Secretary

(Washington, DC -- July 18, 2017)  The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates NSS Board of Governors member Dr. Scott Pace on his selection as the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council on July 13th, 2017. Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Towards the beginning of Dr. Pace’s long and storied career, he was the NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the Policy Committee. See full press release.

National Space Society Supports VP Pence’s Call for Constant Low-Earth Orbit Human Presence Leading to the Settlement of Space

(Washington, DC -- July 10, 2017)  NSS endorses Vice President Pence’s call to maintain a “constant presence” in low-Earth orbit (LEO) leading to the settlement of the space frontier, made during a visit July 6, 2017 to Kennedy Space Center. VP Pence spoke about space settlement, saying, “like the pioneers that came before us, we will settle that frontier with American leadership, American courage, and American ingenuity.” See full press release.

National Space Society Conducts Successful Annual Conference in St. Louis

(Washington, DC -- June 30, 2017)  The International Space Development Conference® (ISDC® 2017) gathered people from all around the world to St. Louis, MO, to connect and share the latest breakthroughs in space development. ISDC 2017 is over, but the effect of the conference will continue for months to come. With over 800 attendees, and an unprecedented number of international and youth participants, our message will have an important and meaningful impact on the space advocacy community and beyond. See full press release.

High School Students Take on Challenge to Design World’s First Science-Fiction Inspired Spacecraft

(Washington, DC -- June 28, 2017)  SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. hosted a summer program specifically geared for high school students, challenging them to design the NSS Enterprise spacecraft envisioned by Enterprise In Space (EIS), a non-profit program of the National Space Society (NSS). The students had access to numerous resources, including the expertise of SpaceWorks and EIS staff. After completion of their project, the team presented their proposed design, budget, and methods of atmospheric re-entry to SpaceWorks, EIS, teachers, and parents. The SpaceWorks program is called ASTRO, or Aerospace Summer Training & Research Opportunity, a project-oriented experience during which participants work in teams to solve an aerospace engineering design problem. This was Team 8, consisting of six students, and their session started in early June. See full press release.

National Space Society and Cornell University’s Cislunar Explorers Celebrate the Team’s First Place Victory in NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge

(Washington, DC -- June 15, 2017)   The National Space Society (NSS) is very pleased to announce that the team it has been actively supporting in NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge, Cornell University’s Cislunar Explorers has placed first and won one of the three Cube Quest Challenge flight slots on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) scheduled for launch in 2019. The team is led by Dr. Mason Peck and their spacecraft are planned for lunar orbit. See full press release.

Enterprise In Space Program Announces Winners for Its Print The Future Competition to 3D Print on International Space Station

(Washington, DC -- June 6, 2017)   In order to drive innovation forward in space manufacturing technology, Enterprise In Space (EIS), a non-profit program of the National Space Society, has chosen the grand-prize-winning university students in its "Print The Future" competition. Announced at its 36th annual NSS International Space Development Conference in St. Louis, Missouri last weekend, the winner is Team ProtoFluidics' microfluidic modules from University of Pennsylvania. Undergraduate students Adam Zachar, Laura Gao and Jaimie Carlson designed 3D-printable modules that enable rapid prototyping of microfluidic experiments aboard the ISS. See full press release.

National Space Society Hails Two June Milestones in Space Development

(Washington, DC -- June 3, 2017)   NSS congratulates SpaceX on the successful June 3 launch of a re-used Dragon capsule from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as part of the Commercial Resupply Services 11 (CRS-11) mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). NSS also congratulates ViaSat on another milestone, which occurred on June 1: the successful Ariane 5 launch of communication satellite ViaSat-2, the highest-capacity satellite ever launched. See full press release.

New in the NSS Space Settlement Journal: Orbital Space Settlement Radiation Shielding

(Washington, DC -- April 29, 2017)  Orbital Space Settlement Radiation Shielding, a paper by Al Globus and Joe Strout, has just been published in the NSS Space Settlement Journal. The authors examine the radiation shielding requirements for protecting the inhabitants of orbital space settlements. In a surprising result, radiation measurements on the International Space Station (ISS) and our calculations using OLTARIS, NASA’s online radiation computational tool, indicate that space settlements in Equatorial Low Earth Orbit (ELEO) below about 500 km are likely to meet safety standards with little or no dedicated radiation shielding. This reduces the mass of typical orbital space settlement designs by 95% or more, suggesting that the easiest place to build the first space settlements is in ELEO due to proximity to Earth and relatively low system mass.

Enterprise In Space Program Partners with EXOS Aerospace to Send Experiments into Space

(Washington, DC -- April 27, 2017)   Two experiments will be launched into space as payloads aboard EXOS’ next suborbital rocket launch, slated for late May at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Upon the successful completion of the launch, EXOS will present on its results at the upcoming International Space Development Conference® (ISDC) in St. Louis, MO, May 25-29, 2017. As a capstone event, EXOS will also hand-deliver the space-flown experiment package to the students involved. See full press release.

SPACE Canada and National Space Society Announce Semi-Finalists Selection in First Annual International Space Solar Power Student Competition

(Washington, DC -- April 25, 2017)   The purpose of this new annual competition is to engender new, meaningful and credible student research projects in the broad field of Space Solar Power, and to support the presentation of the best of the various projects by students in an international forum. “The projects proposed and the breadth of students participating is tremendously gratifying,” said George Dietrich, President of SPACE Canada and sponsor of the competition. See full press release.

March Storm 2017: NSS Winds Blow into DC

(Washington, DC -- April 24, 2017)   March Storm is the primary Washington, D.C., legislative blitz for the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) and its two founding member organizations, the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF). During the month of March, a group of unpaid volunteers met in Washington, D.C. to advocate for policies and legislation that support the development and settlement of space. The advocates focused on the ASD’s agenda for the year, and met with as many congressional offices, committee staffers, and other relevant agencies as possible in a four-day period. See full article.

National Space Society Hails a New Age of Reusable Rockets

(Washington, DC -- April 3, 2017)  NSS calls on Congress, the Administration, and NASA to immediately begin a review of all current NASA and other spaceflight related programs to consider how the usage of commercially available launch vehicles and spacecraft that are largely reusable can lower costs and/or increase operational capability. Suggestions to guide this review can be found in the NSS position paper "Now Is the Time: A Paradigm Shift in Access to Space". See full press release.

Losing the Geomagnetic Shield: A Critical Issue for Space Settlement

Losing the Geomagnetic Shield: A Critical Issue for Space Settlement, a new paper by Philip K. Chapman, has just been published in the NSS Space Settlement Journal.

Abstract. The geomagnetic field seems to be collapsing.  This has happened many times in the deep past, but never since civilization began.  One implication is that the cost of space settlement will increase substantially if we do not expedite deployment of initial facilities in low Earth orbit.  Another implication, less certain but much more damaging, is that the collapse may lead to catastrophic global cooling before the end of this century.  We must establish self-sufficient communities off Earth before that happens.  Read full paper.

National Space Society’s Space Settlement Summit Draws Industry Leaders

(Washington, D.C., February 4, 2017) An enormously successful first annual Space Settlement Summit hosted by the National Space Society occurred on January 10-11, 2017, in Santa Monica, California.  Industry leaders, financial experts, scientists and engineers, and leading space activists were brought together to assess the state of the art driving space settlement.

See full press release.

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