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ISDC 2013 call for papers

The National Space Society‘s annual conference  is happening in just a few months: ISDC 2013. May 23 – 27, 2013. San Diego, California – Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space

They have a call out for talk proposals with Abstracts due 7 Feb 2013 : Int’l Space Dev Conference Call for Proposals

The sessions will include four on solar power from space:


Space‐Based Solar Power

Session 1 Friday a.m.
“Timing, Budget, Economics, and Commercialization of SBSP”  Funding sources/methods, Urgency, pace Amounts needed, how to sustain, Net Present Value, Cost‐of‐ownership, Financing

Session 2 Friday p.m.
“Components, Infrastructure, and Enabling Technology for SBSP”
Rectennae and WPT, Energy conversion Power management, Thermal management Station keeping, structural dynamics On‐orbit assembly, Repair, protection, robustness, safety, Sustainment, end‐of‐life


Session 3 Saturday a.m.
“Motivation, Urgency, Scope, and Collaborations for SBSP”
Baseload power uses, Space settlement Leadership, Innovation, Economics, Environment

Session 4 Saturday p.m.
“Architecture, Pathways to Success, and Obstacles for SBSP”
Orbital configurations, Launch systems SSP architecture, Transition pathways Global initiatives, Resistance/Opposition Politics & Policy


A Mars ferry lander and John Strickland on The Space Show

Some support info and art for John Strickland’s interview tonight on The Space Show:

In advance of The Space Show with Mr. Strickland at 7PM PST [10pm EST] Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, these pictures have been uploaded as John will be referring to them during his discussion.  Note that the “1 page with 2 ferry images” link below opens a document with two color diagrams which will also be part of tonight’s discussion.

– John Strickland, Tuesday, 1-22-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog

Mars Ferry Lander

The Space Show this week

The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): No show today as am teaching at UND..

2. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome John Strickland to the program to discuss cis-lunar space and economic development. Mr. Strickland is a long time space advocate, a member of the NSS Board of Directors, and more. Note that I will upload several images to The Space Show blog no later than Tuesday morning as John & I will be talking about them during our discussion. Make sure you access these images prior to our Tuesday night program,

3. Friday January 25, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): We welcome Dr. Duane Graveline, the father of the NASA bed rest microgravity simulation studies. Heather Archuletta, the “pillownaut astronaut,” will co-host this program with me.

4. Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome back Dr. Eric Seedhouse regarding his new book, Pulling G: Human Responses to High and Low Gravity.

See also:
/– The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
/– The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
/– The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

John Batchelor Show: Hotel Mars + Bob Zimmerman [Update]

During this week’s Hotel Mars segment on John Batchelor radio program, Gerald Nordley talked with Batchelor and David Livingston “about Kepler Space Telescope extrasolar planet discoveries, the habitable zone, Earthlike planets, the Kepler naming and identification system and more”: John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-16-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog.


Bob Zimmerman gave his latest science/space news report on the Batchelor show on Wednesday (instead of his usual Tuesday time) : Wednesday 01/16/13 – Batchelor Fourth Hour | John Batchelor Show.

In this show Bob talked about an ice drilling project at Lake Whillans in Antarctica, wildfire damage to an astronomy observatory in Australia, and the announcement of the plan to install a Bigelow expandable module on the ISS.

See the iTunes free Podcast for links to the latest John Batchelor shows.

Update: Here are the topics that Bob discussed during this segment on the Thursday, Jan. 17th show:

Segment 1:
1. Robot demo on ISS delayed due to software issue.
2. An expensive Frankenstein in space.
3. Global warming scientitst James Hansen teams up with Occupy Wall Street!

Segment 2: private aviation and space
1. A river on Mars.
2. 11 pound gold nugget found in Australia.
3. More details about Bigelow’s deal with NASA (and others!) to launch privately-built space station modules.
4. Private space stations vs the Outer Space Treaty.