Category Archives: Events

ISS research program gets mission patch designed by Shepard Fairey

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is a nonprofit organization that promotes and manages research on board the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. They just unveiled a new mission patch designed by the famous graphic artist Shepard Fairey.


The patch commemorates the first period of research on the ISS to be sponsored by CASIS:

Advancing Research Knowledge 1 (ARK1), originally known as Increment 37/38, is the first launch period sponsored by CASIS. ARK1 is scheduled to run from September 2013 through March 2014. Some planned payloads during this increment include award recipients from CASIS’ first Request for Proposals in protein crystallization, binary colloidal alloy tests with implications to product shelf life, and the education program, “Story Time From Space.” A number of mission patches will also be flown to the ISS to commemorate ARK1.

More about the patch:

Here’s a video of the debut of the patch at the Engadget Expand event in San Francisco, CA last weekend: CASIS Communications Manager Patrick O’Neill Unveiling the ARK1 Mission Patch – YouTube

Powered by Dreaming – bridging the worlds of science and art

I received the following announcement in the mail about an interesting event called:

Powered by Dreaming, taking place May 28th – May 31st, 2013 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. This three-day experience is full of workshops in astronomy, botany, biology, music and much more; all guided by experts within their fields.

The impressive list of mentors includes (but is not limited to) Tasman Rosenfeld (13 year-old butterfly expert), Barbara Dean Schacker (researcher and speech therapist), Dr. Chundak Tenzing (Ophthalmologist), and Joel Bluestein (eco-friendly entrepreneur).

[…] science is a key part of understanding life’s simplicities and difficulties. Sarah’s keen appreciation for this is evident through her creation of Powered by Dreaming, which forms a bridge between the worlds of science and art. Through interactive workshops led by notable scientists, researchers and artists, the end goal of the three-day experience is to leave a lasting impression on campers, and have them believing that no dream is too big to achieve. Featured workshops include:

Learning How To Speak Again

Featuring: Barbara and Michael Schacker

Through the real life experiences of Barbara Dean Schacker, who worked with her husband Michael to help him re-learn speech after a stroke, we can learn much about communication in general. Learning begins with listening.

The Magnificent Magnitude Of Magnetism

Featuring: Sarah Fimm, Dan Fimm and special guests!

Create a mandala of levitating objects by working together exploring the properties of magnetism. Sparkle supplies provided

 Painting With Light

Featuring: Heyrick Chasse

Internationally recognized photographer and videographer Heyrick Chasse, with the help of Sarah Fimm will use combinations of LED lights, Velcro, and imagination to dress participants in glow, photographing them in movement and dance. Live music will be provided by a stellar array of talented guest artists.  Personal photographs of participants will be available after the event!

Plane Crazy Saturday at Mojave

If you are in Southern California on Saturday, check out the Plane Crazy Saturday – March 16  at Mojave Air and Space Port.

Come out to Mojave Airport for breakfast or lunch, listen to a great speaker at 11 a.m. and enjoy some time with other pilots and aviation minded friends!

Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation Presents

Plane Crazy Saturday!
Aircraft Fly-In – Historic Aircraft Display Day

March 16, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free admission!

Special Guest Speaker at 11:00 a.m.

Rocket Photography
With Mike Massee
Photographer extraordinaire!
(Rockets, Landscapes, Trains: Full Scale and 7.5 Gauge Live Steam Trains and Aircraft)
Mike is invaluable to XCOR Aerospace as a professional photographer, cinematographer, solids modeler, graphics artist, Photoshop expert, broadcast engineer, and adventurer.
He serves as Vice President with the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation.

His photos have been featured in major publications around the world including Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine, Scientific American, Popular Science, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wired, Nature, and many more. My railroad photography has appeared in Trains, Railfan and Railroad (cover story, May 2009) and Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading (cover story, September / October 2010) as well as several calendars.

Wen Painter will be on hand in the Voyager Restaurant to sign Tax-exempt forms for pilots!

Aviation and Space Art with Doug Castleman
Children Books with Usborne Books
Aviation collectables for sale
Posters, small gliders, patches and t-shirts
Bring the kids! Bring a camera!

All guests are reminded to observe flightline safety rules, including: no touching propellers, no running, no pets, and keep a watchful eye for taxiing aircraft! Thanks!

Conferences: SpaceUp San Diego 2013 + Space Access ’13

Southern California space enthusiasts should check out the SpaceUp San Diego 2013, March 23-24, 11am to 5pm, McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station.

SpaceUp is a space unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual “hallway conversations” turn into full-fledged topics.

SpaceUp San Diego 2010 was the first SpaceUp ever, and it was awesome again in 2011 and 2012. It’s coming back to San Diego in March 2013, and you won’t want to miss it.

Participation is limited so register soon.


My favorite annual conference is coming up soon as well: Space Access ’13 Conference, April 11-13, in Phoenix Arizona.

It’s the place to be for the latest on the technology, business, and politics of Radically Cheaper Access To Space.