The latest presentation to the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) study group is now posted in the FISO Working Group Presentations Archive. Both slides (pdf) and audio (mp3) are available for the talk, Environmental Control and Life Support Systems: Current Status and Future Development, Robert Bagdigian & Robyn Carrasquillo – NASA MSFC – May.22.2013.
- Crew of Bion M1 Found Dead upon Landing – Space Safety Magazine
- Russian mice, gerbils dead in 30-day space ordeal; lizards live – latimes.com
- Lessons from Bion M Failures – Citizens in Space
More background info about the project:
Mars One is having no trouble attracting applications for their plan to establish a settlement on the Red Planet. Three applicants explain why they would consider going to Mars even if there will be no chance of returning to earth: Why sign up for a one-way Mars trip? Three applicants explain the appeal – Cosmic Log.
The NSS will rollout its Roadmap to Space Settlement this month in association with the International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2013) in San Diego, California, May 23-27:
National Space Society Presents
Milestones to Space Settlement: An NSS Roadmap
May 24, 2013, 10:00 am (Programming follows 11:00 am to 4:50 pm)
International Space Development Conference
San Diego, California, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
A Press Conference featuring the National Space Society’s (NSS) Roadmap to Space Settlement will be presented to the world. A panel of space experts and NSS members will discuss the path towards humankind’s future in space. The press conference will also highlight previews of some of the afternoon’s talks, a visually stunning Luncheon Presentation, and a programming track that covers some of the exciting topics in (and evolved from) the Roadmap. Previously, only NSS members and Ad Astra magazine subscribers have been told about the Roadmap. Now, the world will know!
A space logistics base with a docking truss is assembled in Low Mars Orbit. Art: Anna Nesterova
Roadmap text and images can be found here.
In addition to the presentations directly in the Roadmap track itself, many of the other tracks at the ISDC cover material directly related to the Roadmap, such as the Lunar, Mars and the Space Based Solar Power Tracks.
- Derek Weber: Director: SpacePort Associates
- Howard Bloom: Author & Member: NSS Board of Directors
- Stan Rosen: Vice Chairman, NSS Board of Directors
- Bruce Pittman: NSS Senior Vice President/Senior Operating Officer
- Anita Gale: Member: NSS Board of Directors
- Mark Hopkins: Chairman NSS Executive Committee
- Jeff Liss: Member: NSS Board of Directors
- John Strickland: Member: NSS Board of Directors, Track Chair
- Al Globus: Member: NSS Board of Directors
Roadmap Track Sessions schedule:
- 10:00 am – Roadmap Rollout – MEDIA PRESS CONFERENCE with panel
- 11:00 am – Jeff Liss – Legal Issues of and Barriers to Roadmap Milestones
- 11:20 am – Stan Rosen – Applications of Space Technology on and for Earth
- 12:00 am – Howard Bloom – Space Visual Manifesto (LUNCH talk) invited speaker
- 2:00 pm – John Strickland – How Does a Jig Factory Build a Space Colony?
- 3:00 pm – Bruce Pittman – Economic & Technical Realities of Reusable Launch Systems
- 3:15 pm – Al Globus – Paths to Space Settlement
- 4:00 pm – Derek Webber – An Architecture for Survival
- 4:25 pm – Anita Gale – Design Competition Scenarios: Ambitious Future Space Roadmap
NASA posts an update on the Lunabotics Mining Competition for students:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Fifty teams of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will demonstrate their lunar excavator robots May 20 – 24 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Practice sessions for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition will take place May 20 – 21, followed by the official competition. Media representatives are invited to cover the event on Wednesday, May 22 from 12 – 4 p.m. EDT, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For access to the facility, journalists should contact Catherine Segar at 321-449-4273 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for interviews with NASA representatives must be submitted to Tracy Young at 321-867-2468 or email@example.com.
The teams have designed and built remote controlled or autonomous robots that can excavate simulated lunar dirt. During the competition, the teams’ designs — known as lunabots — will go head-to-head to determine which machine can collect and move the most simulated lunar dirt within a specific amount of time.
The competition is a NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate project designed to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by expanding opportunities for student research and design. The project provides a competitive environment to foster innovative ideas and solutions that could potentially be applied to future NASA missions.
Although the competition is for college students, the event offers many opportunities for students of all ages. NASA is hosting a college recruitment fair for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors showcasing STEM education opportunities available at top colleges and universities across the nation.
For more information on Lunabotics 2013, associated activities and social media links to participate virtually, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/lunabotics
Video highlights of the practice and competition will air on the NASA Television Video File. For downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For information about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com