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October 26, 2010

Carnival of Space 175

The Carnival of Space 175 is at Out of the Cradle.

This site contributed two articles :

DARPA and NASA chip in small amount of funds for hundred year starship program and some nearer term space propulsion (microwave thermal and electric propulsion)

The science journal abstracts on the lunar water and other material discovery analysis are collected. We just need to send robotic rovers to dig around and analyze and prospect directly.






There was coverage of the 2010 Space Manufacturing 14 conference which will be at Sunnyvale on October 29 – 31, 2010

The agenda for the conference is up.

Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?

Dr. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Director

Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace

Prof. Mike A’Hearn, University of Maryland, Dept. of Astronomy

Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd

Prof. John Lewis, Space Studies Institute

Prof. Greg Baiden, Penguin Automated Systems

Dr. Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Session 1: Space Transportation

Chair: Gary C Hudson

This session will review the progress in space transportation since the last SSI Conference, and focus on the role of the public-private partnership in developing the infrastructure required to allow the settlement of Cislunar space. The session participants will present options for a ten-year public-private road map that will bring into focus the technology required to allow the utilization of Cislunar space in a sustainable and affordable manner.

Earth to LEO Roadmap: Technologies and Possibilities

Gary C Hudson, HMX Inc.

Top Ten Technologies for Reusable Cislunar Transportation

Dallas Bienhoff, The Boeing Company, and Jon Goff, Altius Space Machines, Inc.

Tether Sling Concepts for LEO and Beyond

Joe Carroll, Tether Applications

Session 2: Extraterrestrial Prospecting

Chair: Professor Michael F. A’Hearn

The goal of this session is to discuss remote techniques for assay and utilization of Near Earth Object resources.

Water vs. Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration?

Prof. Michael A’Hearn, University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy

Mining Methods for Asteroid Utilization

Brad Blair, Space Studies Institute, and Prof. Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri-Rolla

Mining Concepts Development for Accessing Asteroid Resources

Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd

Resources from Asteroids: What We Can Expect From What We Know Now

Dr. Faith Vilas, University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory

Dr. Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Luna Nova: New Discoveries About the Poles of the Moon


Session 3: Closed Environment Life Support Systems

Chair: Taber MacCallum

This session will review the requirements and potential solutions to building a robust closing environment life-support system for long-term space habitation. The speakers will review high-level design as well as individual subsystems with reference to previous operational experience in space and on Earth. This session will address the changes that might be made to life-support systems depending on the nature and magnitude of in situ resources available. A robust, cost effective, closed environment life-support system is a critical need for long-term operations in space, and for permanent settlement.

Game Changing Development in Environmental Control and Life Support Systems 

Taber MacCallum, Paragon Space Development Corp.

The Engineering Trade Space for a Robust Closed Ecological Life Support System: A Suggested Technology Road Map

Dr. William Jewell, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and Dr. Lee Valentine, Space Studies Institute

Habitat Size Optimization of the O’Neill – Glaser Economic Model for Space Solar Satellite Production

Dr. Peter Curreri, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Michael Detweiler, Junction Solutions

Membrane Based Habitat Wall Architectures for Evolving Structures and Comprehensive Resource Recycle in “Homestead” Stage Space Colony Development

Sherwin Gormly, Dynamac Corporation, NASA Ames Research Center, and Michael Flynn, NASA Ames Research Center

Session 4: Robotics and Space Manufacturing

Chair: Professor William (Red) Whittaker

The experts in this session will discuss current and near-term application of autonomous and tele-operated robotics in commercial applications in unstructured environments. They will discuss the utility and potential applications of robotic technology to space industrialization and space settlement.

Robotics for Space Exploration and Development

Prof. William (Red) Whittaker, Field Robotics Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Application of Visually Guided, Autonomous Robots to Space Mining and Construction

Mitchell Weiss, SEEGRID Corp.

Lunar Mining – Taking the Best of Terrestrial Mining and Fitting it to the Moon

Prof. Greg Baiden, Laurentian University; Penguin Automated Systems


Session 5: Engineering Materials from Non-Terrestrial Resources

Chair: Dr. Peter J. Schubert

Large-scale or long-term projects in outer space require materials at economic costs which can be justified by the mission. The goal for this session is to leverage human creativity in space-based manufacturing to foster ingenuity so we can do more with less. Earth launch will always be expensive because of the energy required to achieve orbit through our atmosphere. In the far future, space settlements must be self-sustaining. Mapping the path between the present and this future, and filling in the missing pieces, are the goals for this session.

Electrical Energy Storage Using Only Lunar Materials

Dave Dietzler, and Dr. Peter J. Schubert, Packer Engineering Inc.

In-Situ Production of Construction Materials by Combustion of Regolith/Aluminum and Regolith/Magnesium Mixtures

Prof. Evgeny Shafirovich, Christopher White and Francisco Alvarez, University of Texas at El Paso

Electro Dynamic Debris Eliminator (EDDE) Opens LEO for Aluminum Recovery and Reuse

Jerome Pearson, John Oldson and Dr. Eugene Levin, Star Technology and Research, Inc., Joseph Carroll, Tether Applications, Inc.

Building a Vertical Take Off and Landing Pad Using In Situ Materials

Dr. Paul Hintze, NASA Kennedy Space Center

10:45 am – 12:30 pm

Session 6: Space Solar Power and Space Energy Systems

Chair: Dr. Philip K. Chapman

Mark Twain once observed that “when it’s steamboat time, you steam.” He meant that when a new technology becomes practical, it is quickly adopted all around the world. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate that it is now “power satellite time.” Space-based solar power (SBSP) is under development in several nations, but the United States is still lagging behind. The papers in this session are all related to making power from space a reality in the near future, so that it can help provide ample clean electricity to an energy-hungry world.

Space Solar Power – Achievable Within a Generation?

John Mankins, Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC

Towards an Early Profitable Powersat

Al Globus, San Jose State University Research Foundation

Space Energy’s Business and Technology Strategy for SBSP Development

Feng Hsu, Space Energy, Inc.

Impact of Lunar Volatiles: New Opportunities for Exploration and Infrastructure Development on the Moon

Edward McCullough, McCullough Innovations & Consulting

Making it Happen

Dr. Philip K. Chapman, Consultant, Energy and Astronautics

Lunch 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Prof. Greg Baiden, Laurentian University; Penguin Automated Systems

Terrestrial Telerobotic Mining technology: An Enabler for Extraterrestrial Habitation, Mining and Construction

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Technology Options for Closed Environment Life Support Systems for Space Settlement

Taber MacCallum, Paragon Space Development Corp.

Dr. Mark Kliss, NASA

Dr. John Farmer, NASA
Will Marshall, Universities Space Research Association

Dr. Lee Valentine, Space Studies Institute

3:00 – 4:00pm

Session 7: International, Legal and Economic Considerations

Chair: Brad Blair

“What the engineers are doing for machines, we must do for the law.” – Delegate to the 1929 Warsaw Convention on Air Law. The same holds true for outer space. Complementing technological advances that can expand the human species from the surface of the Earth, legal and economic policies must be developed to spur, rather than hinder, the establishment of the High Frontier. This session highlights these issues and suggests policy options consistent with Professor O’Neill’s philosophy of unleashing the power of the private sector in space.

The ILO As Property Rights Agent

Steve Durst, International Lunar Observatory Association and Space Age Publishing Company

Economic Incentives and Tax Credits for Space Resource Development

Eva-Jane Lark, BMO Nesbitt Burns

Mining Law and Property Rights for Outer Space

Wayne White, Esq., Oceaneering Space Systems

3D Metal Printing in Space: Enabling New Markets and Accelerating the Growth of Orbital Infrastructure

Jason Dunn, Aaron Kemmer, Michael Chen, David Hutchison and Brad Blair

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