New Worlds 2015 Conference Oct 16-17

The Alliance for Space Development (ASD) is pleased to co-sponsor the October 16-17 New Worlds 2015 conference in Austin, TX. ASD Board Member Al Globus will be one of the speakers and will host the free-space settlement session. Members of ASD member organizations can get a 25% discount by using a promotional code: speakerglo15. This code is good for the first 150 applicants who use it. New Worlds 2015 will be a.. Read More

In simmering war over NASA’s commercial crew program, Congress strikes back

  The quiet war between NASA and Congress continues over the space agency’s desire to fully fund its commercial crew program, which supports efforts by SpaceX and Boeing to develop crewed spacecraft. On Wednesday NASA announced that the first human mission of its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, designed to go into deep space, could slip two years to 2023. Just 15 minutes after this news conference ended Lamar Smith, a Texas.. Read More

Free Lecture: NASA-Funded Economic Analysis of Establishing a Moon Base

Learn how leveraging commercial space partnerships could provide a 10X cost reduction for sending humans back to the Moon, and allow us to establish a permanent human base on the Moon within NASA’s existing budget. Charles Miller teaches a 10-week online course for current and future leaders of the commercial space industry. Watch the video here.

Japan Can Now Beam Solar Energy from Space

The inspired minds at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have succeeded in transmitting solar energy right through the air. Using wireless power transmission may be the best way to gather solar energy from space in order to use it here on Earth. Using microwave technology, Mitsubishi said it sent ten kilowatts of power wirelessly through the air to a receiver positioned 1,640 feet away. That is enough to power your kitchen stove for an hour or more. On Friday,.. Read More

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Mika McKinnon of io9 asks, Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? Every year, NASA’s budget for Commercial Crew is less than requested. This means more flights using.. Read More

NASA’s Scott Kelly Urges Full Funding for Commercial Crew Ships

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, left, and crewmate Kjell Lindgren, right, chat with CBS News during a space-to-ground question-and-answer session Monday. Kelly urged lawmakers to fully fund NASA’s commercial crew program to end sole reliance on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. (CBS News)   Scott Kelly, an astronaut nearly five months into a one-year stay at the International Space Station, has begged Congress to stop killing America’s manned space program. In the words.. Read More

Three reasons to be truly outraged by Congressional stonewalling of commercial crew

Richard Shelby is watching out for his NASA center. (AP Photo)   Eric Berger has a new editorial at the Houston Chronicle. Congress is stalling commercial crew merely to generate pork. Space is a new industry, capable of providing jobs to thousands of Americans. But it is being hobbled by Congress. Crucial money that could be given to American companies is funneled off to Russia. Further, the Space Launch System, or SLS,.. Read More

NASA: Funded Study Reduces Cost of Human Missions to Moon and Mars by Factor of 10

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 ‐‐‐ The National Space Society (NSS) and Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) today announced their support for NASA’s funding of the newly released NexGen Space study, illustrating how to cut the cost of human space exploration by a factor of 10. The study, “Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public‐Private Partnerships,” finds public‐private partnerships able to return.. Read More

New SPACE Act Bill Contains Hidden Bomb

HR 2262, the new SPACE Act, the Space Act of 2015, contains a hidden bomb. It’s in a part of the section titled “Space Launch System Update”, on pages 26-28 which reads: It shall be the policy of the United States to use the Space Launch System for purposes that require a human presence directly to cis-lunar space and the regions of space beyond low-Earth orbit. Says the Space Development Steering Committee’s.. Read More

A Thermal Space Solar Power Concept

Here is a video proposal to build solar power plants where the Sun shines close to 99% of the time. This video of transporting parts to GEO and building a thermal power satellite was in a contest, but a team supported by the Chinese government won. The proposal grew out of one to use laser to power the last part of earth orbit injection and transfer to GEO. Lasers are.. Read More