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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.

Make Your Views on Space Heard

The National Space Society (NSS) cordially invites your participation in the 2017 Annual Alliance for Space Development (ASD) August Home District Blitz congressional action event. During the blitz, local groups will arrange to visit their Congressperson’s home district offices during the August recess to increase awareness about space related issues. Briefing materials will be provided on topics such as Ultra Low Cost Access to Space initiatives, legislation to enable Cislunar commercialization, making space settlement part of the mission of NASA, and support for planetary defense. The August Home District Blitz is free and open to all; invite your space-interested friends.

Signup is via a form at: tinyurl.com/2017AugustBlitzSignup. After filling out the form you will receive an email with further instructions. Please direct any questions to August Blitz Chair Amador Salinas at asalinas@allianceforspacedevelopment.org or NSS Policy Chair Dale Skran at dale.skran@nss.org. See draft talking points for the 2017 August Blitz. Final talking points for printing should be available by mid-July.

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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