Extra-Terrestrials and The Law – Voices from L5

Imagine the vast and incredible changes that would happen if we received a communication from ET tomorrow. Imagine the ramifications – this week, Frans von der Dunk of the international institute of space law  joins us to examine how the law might change, how our legal and political structures might have to adapt and what might change thanks to that first interstellar handshake.

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The Other Voices In Space – Voices From L5

Space is a very exclusive club, only 536 people have left the Earth and most of those represent a very specific kind of person – We sat down with a dear friend and anthropologist Gabriel Kommissar to discuss the article “Queering Outer Space” by Micheal Oman-Reagan, a piece that questions the sort of society and voice we’re setting up in space, and wonders how we can avoid making mistakes in our representation of the planet, as well as what has been done already.

This is a bit of an unusual episode, as its more of a discussion on the paper with a third party than the usual lecture format, I hope you all enjoy it, and if not, no worries, we’ll be back to the old format next week!

Minor Correction; I refer to Sally Ride as bisexual during the show, upon revisiting sources I’d say that’s incorrect.

The Preservation of Space – Voices From L5

We’re on kind of a historic preservation kick this past few episodes,  Joseph Reynolds,  an expert on all things preservation, joins us this week to talk about how we can preserve the moon, and the legal and cultural hurdles that stand in the way of that seemingly simple task.

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Dissent, Revolution and Liberty In Space – Voices From L5

History is full of revolution, as the population is oppressed or radically differs from its government in terms of beliefs and ideas, revolution is a natural part of any culture and society, and so it will be in Space.

But space presents unique and mind-boggling implications for liberty and dissent. This week Charles Cockell, astrobiologist, joins us to discuss why liberty in space can be tenuous, and why revolution would have to change.

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Archaeology and Space – Voices From L5

Studying the history of humanity has always been a vital part of who we are, and now that Humans have had a presence in space for almost 60 years, our history is no longer bound to the Earth.

Professors Beth O’Leary and Pete Capelotti join us this week to discuss how we can explore the history of mankind and the path it has taken through the solar system, and what lessons we can learn from this self-examination.

Beth’s book, The Final Mission, can be found here – http://upf.com/book.asp?id=WESTW001

And Pete’s book, The Greatest Show In the Arctic can be found, here – http://amzn.to/2qSKRW6

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Working In Space – Voices From L5

How do we keep our workers safe in space? How do we protect the people who will build the industry of outer space? Do we need to protect them at all?

Kate Perino, a specialist in labour law, joins us this week to discuss the finer details, difficulties and unique challenges faced by the future space workforce.

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Civil Rights and Space (Pt.2)

Friend of the show, PJ Blount and David Molina join us this week to continue our discussions on Civil Rights and Space, this time examining the relationship between Space, Technology and Civil Rights through history and in the modern day.

Absolutely brilliant episode, I can not thank either party enough for coming on the show with me.

Here are the comic panels we discuss in the episode

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Civil Rights In Space (Pt.1) – Voices From L5

What difference will space, and the places we will live in space, make to our structures of civil rights? How will we implement these rights and who will be responsible for it?

Jerry Stone joins us to discuss this incredible topic in our first episode exploring Civil Rights and Space!

Check out the BIS site to learn more about the work they’re doing, and how you can help!

http://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects

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Revised ELEO Space Hotel Concept: Solar panels, active thermal

In light of feedback received from Joe Strout I’ve revised the power and thermal management system for the ELEO Space Hotel / “proto”-settlement. Specifically, I’ve right-sized the power generation and attached the solar panels/radiators  to an axial truss, rather than integrating them into the rotating truss ring as before.

I learned that if we use a power/thermal management system with performance similar to the ISS power/thermal system, the ELEO hotel needs a LOT of solar panels!! Specifically over 20 square kilometers of solar panels! So the station has become a giant solar power station with a rotating ring attached.

I tripled the mass of the ELEO hotel PV solar system to 117,000 kg because, frankly, the calculated mass seemed too low (39,000 kg).

Here is the summary for the radiators

I also considered manufacturing. Warning! The handwaving picks up here so if brainstorming bothers you, I suggest you stop reading now.  Constructive comments of any kind are always welcome.

The 3D printer factory can theoretically manufacture a panel 5m wide by 5m long. Let’s assume the panel (both solar and radiator) is less than half a meter deep. Breaking up our massive solar array into panels that can be manufactured in such a space means 1,792 panels need to be printed. Doing the same calculation for the radiator panels means 240 panels need to be printed. Assuming one panel printed per day (very ambitious!!!) it would take over five and a half years to print every panel.  This sounds bad at first but, as the reader will see in the next post, we are assuming a station lifetime of 20 years. Full power/thermal capacity might not be needed until, say, year 10 of operation, or even later.

ELEO Space Hotel Concept

In this post a crude model of a space hotel/proto-ELEO space settlement is presented. Rough mass and cost estimates are included in the table at the end of the post.

This is for brain storming purposes only, not a final design. Thoughtful feedback is always welcomed.

In this first image we see an overview of the space hotel, located in 500 km ELEO. The summary statistic are in the image.

  • Dark blue panels = solar arrays
  • Sky blue boxy modules = 3d printed habs
  • Golden cylindrical modules = a different type of 3d printed hab
  • Red boxes = service modules
  • Purple boxes on ring = elevator ‘docks’
  • Purple boxes on spokes = pressurized elevators going back and forth between hub and ring
  • Purple central module = rotating hub
  • Hollow gray cylinder at top = 3D printer factory w solar panel ‘skirt’
  • Green boxy module = docking module with barely-visible robotic arms attached

Mass estimates are based on comparable ISS hardware. For example, to calculate the mass of the truss ring (the ring to which all modules are attached along the circumference) I researched the mass of the S0 truss (14000 kg for 13.4 meters in length resulting in 1045 kg per meter of length).  Then I calculated the length (circumference) of the truss ring and multiplied that by 1045 kg to get the total mass of the truss ring. I used similar comparisons for all components, solar panels compared to ISS Solar Array Wing, gold colored modules compared to Bigelow BA330 modules, etc.

All mass estimates have an extra 10 percent margin.

Here we see a view from ‘below’ the station.  The brown panels are radiators/thermal management system components.

FYI Gravity estimates calculated using SpinCalc.

Note the station is modular and is not finished in this image. Population capacity in the pictured configuration is estimated to be 40. Total capacity once all modules are added around the rim is estimated to be 100, as indicated in the picture.

A closer view of the hub. The robotic arm can relocate (“walk”) itself around the station, like the robot arm on the ISS today.

And here are the rough mass estimates. Note I assume gun launcher technology is available to send feedstock to orbit and that 3D printer technology has advanced to the point that all the mass of the rotating parts of the station can be built in orbit. It is more likely that advanced components (electronics, etc.) will have to be boosted up from earth. However, it is fair to assume that the most massive parts of the station (structural, pressure hull, electrical and thermal components) can be built using advanced 3d printers because these massive parts are relatively simple (unlike an integrated circuit, for example).

Voices From L5 Community Choice Episode – Space Agriculture w/ Simon Gilroy

In our very first community choice episode, Simon Gilroy joins us to discuss space botany and agriculture, and the delicate art of growing food in space.

A tremendous episode, Simon brings all sorts of fantastic stories about his work, some unexpected scientific “Aha!” moments that seem to permeate all of space science, and a whole bunch of fantastic ideas to mull over.

This episode is brought to you entirely by the folks over at our Patreon page! Last month we ran a poll and suggestions section where the community suggested a few subjects, and voted on them and this was the result. We’re going to be doing more of this sort of thing in the future, so  if you’d like to get involved and help pick the next episode of Voices, click the button below and find out how!

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A Possible ELEO Space Settlement Roadmap?

What follows is a simplified path to developing small space settlements in equatorial low earth orbit (ELEO): a space settlement roadmap.

Specifically, what is laid out here is the path to building a hotel/facility/large space station (call it what you will) that could, theoretically, be converted into a settlement where people permanently live.  It’s not the ideal settlement, as it will still be a bit cramped, but it could work.

The reader may want to read previous posts here, here and here to obtain some helpful background information.

New scientific research, new launch technology and new commercial developments are overturning long-held beliefs about orbital space settlements.  Space settlements no longer have to be massive kilometer-long structures requiring asteroid mines or moon bases to construct.  They need not cost trillions of dollars and mass billions of tons.  And they don’t have to be located at the Earth-Moon Lagrange points.

Instead, the aforementioned developments indicate that space settlements can be much smaller: roughly comparable in size to the International Space Station (in terms of length of structure, not volume).  Such small settlements could feasibly be built using materials boosted up from Earth.   And they could be fabricated and assembled using additive manufacturing and telerobotic techniques that are being developed in space right now.

Bottom line, a small orbital space settlement – literally a village in space – could conceivably be built in the next ten years, assuming certain key technologies are successfully developed.  Let’s see how (in very broad brushes. Warning, lots of hand-waving here, this is for brainstorming purposes only):

Step 1: Build and launch a cubesat probe to ELEO to characterize and confirm the radiation environment.

Step 2: Establish a 3D printer business at the ISS to manufacture cubesat components. Customer: small sat mega constellation operators. Note: Made In Space is already basically doing this, except with NASA as customer, not sat operators. Ways to minimize need for astronauts to do the work: design and deploy a telerobotic rig inside the space station to operate the 3D printer remotely from earth. Feedstock can be delivered remotely as well, via the soon-to-be installed Nanoracks airlock.  If this 3D printer/teleoperated rig is too big or in the way, rent space out in the essentially unused and uncrewed BEAM module (although access/logistics to/from this module may be tricky).

Step 3:  Develop a larger, more capable 3D printer/telerobotic rig for use outside the station in vacuum. Again, Made In Space is already working on this. Provide more and better services for the satellite operators.

Step 4: With revenues from the ISS-based fabrication facility, raise funds to 3D print and telerobotically assemble a scale model of the key components of the eventual first settlement. Make a proof of concept for rotating ring-hubs, elevators, airlocks, etc. Maybe even fluid management parts e.g. active thermal management system. Test printing and assembling more complex parts like solar panels.

Step 5: Attempt and then successfully 3D print and assemble an inter-orbital transfer vehicle to transport vehicles from ISS to ELEO 500km. Fueled with propellant gun-launched to ISS orbit from Earth (same as how 3D printer feedstock gets to ISS). This could be a more robust and long-lived version of ULA’s ACES vehicle.

Now the hand-waving really picks up:

Step 6: Leverage existing revenue streams, raise funds to 3D print and assemble the hub and support bus of the hotel (future posts will show a graphic of the hotel/settlement being described here). Transfer this so 500 km ELEO using the dedicated inter orbital vehicle manufactured in step 5.

Step 7: Using the 3d printer factory in the hotel/settlement hub, 3D print the remainder of the structure: the minimum viable product necessary to begin crewed operations in 500 km ELEO. The hotel/settlement is modular and can be expanded as needed up to its design capacity of 70 persons.

Subsequent posts will describe the geometry of the hotel/settlement described above as well as an innovative funding mechanism to pay for steps 1 through 4 (by which time hopefully the facility is raising enough revenue to leverage in order to obtain the really big money needed for steps 5 and 6).

 

Precursors to ELEO Space Settlement

Space settlement precursors are activities that really ought to be perfected before space settlement is attempted.

For instance, short suborbital space tourist jaunts will create demand for longer orbital space tourist trips.  Longer orbital trips will create demand for destinations in space: orbital hotels.  And a space hotel is not that much different from what a space settlement will look like.  A space hotel will require all the same characteristics a space settlement will need: high reliability, comfort and security for the dozens or hundreds of people aboard. So, before we have space settlements, we need to build space hotels.  And before we build space hotels, we need reliable human transportation to orbit.  The beginnings of which are being built now in the form of suborbital space tourism providers (e.g. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin).

Space tourism, satellite servicing and 3D printing are three examples of space settlement precursor activities.

Satellite servicing is another precursor activity, one that is likely to start in the early 2020s (link, link). Moving fluids and gases around in microgravity and perfecting long-range telerobotics will be essential to constructing and managing a space hotel and, eventually,  a space settlement.  And, luckily for settlement and space manufacturing, it appears a golden age of satellite construction is about to begin with numerous companies planning multi-hundred (or thousand) satellite constellations in the next five years.  All many of those satellites will be designed to receive servicing, repair and replacement.  Perhaps the facilities to provide some of those services can be located in orbit?  The lessons learned at a satellite repair facility will be useful in constructing and maintaining space settlements.

Additive manufacturing is another space settlement precursor.  Ideally a large portion of a space hotel or space settlement will be 3D printed on orbit using feedstock delivered very cheaply to orbit by gun-launcher systems or, maybe, super-huge (and super cheap) rockets like SpaceX’s ITS.  This construction strategy will allow for more flexible settlement geometries: the modules won’t be constrained by the dimensions of a rocket fairing.  An added bonus: 3D printing can theoretically be adjusted to accept feedstock derived from asteroidal or lunar resources in the future.  So it’s an investment that can be amortized over the very long-term and used throughout cislunar space, and beyond.  Luckily, at least one company, Made In Space, is already working on putting 3d printers in the vacuum of space at the ISS. 

There are likely more precursors. Can you think of a few? Please make suggestions in the comments.

Bleeding Edge Developments in Space Launch

One of the least known and most exciting developments in the past year is the resurrection of the idea of using giant tubes or guns to launch cargo into space. This is not a new idea.  Jules Verne proposed the idea in 1856 in his novel From the Earth to the Moon.  It’s still highly suspect and implausible.  The commonly accepted knowledge about gun launchers is that its very hard to pack enough punch into a gun to get a payload to orbit without the gun blowing up in the process. And even if you could build a big enough and stable enough gun, the acceleration would destroy the payload inside the projectile.

But This Orbital Life is aware of at least two very well-capitalized and highly-credentialed companies working on this idea: 8 Rivers Capital and Green Launch. There are unsubstantiated rumors of other companies as well, although I was unable to find any proof online.

There is increased commercial interest in developing ground-based tube-launcher technologies.

There is increased interest in this field because of the skyrocketing demand for small satellite launches to orbit. If gun launchers can be perfected (a big if), they could theoretically launch small payloads to orbit every few minutes rather than every few weeks or months. And they could arguably do it much cheaper than conventional rockets, which are finicky, complex vehicles full of expensive rockets and electronics.

But we’re not interested in launching satellites to space. The value of gun launcher technology to space settlement is that it could cheaply and regularly launch feedstock for additive manufacturing facilities in orbit. 3D printers need lots of plastic and aluminum to operate. Plastic and aluminum feedstock would not mind the high acceleration experienced during a gun launch. In fact, the projectile itself could theoretically be ground up and recycled into 3D printer feedstock. And 3D printing in space is a critical precursor to orbital space settlement.

The value of gun launcher technology is that it would be ideal for launching feedstock to additive manufacturing facilities in orbit.

In the next post I will discuss the concept of space settlement precursors.

New Developments in Space Settlement: ELEO Radiation, Rotation and More

Several developments in the past year improved the possibilities for orbital space settlement.

Al Globus, a friend of This Orbital Life, published a number of papers showing that equatorial low earth orbit (ELEO, at roughly 500 kilometers) may be an area of low radiation.  Far less radiation shielding may be needed for structures located there than for structures located in higher inclination orbits (like the International Space Station) or in other areas of cislunar space (like the Lagrange points).  Because less material is needed, small settlements could be built in ELEO without requiring in-situ resource utilization. No lunar bases or asteroid mining will be necessary. In other words, everything needed to build a town in space could feasibly be boosted up from Earth.

According to new research, everything required to build a settlement could feasibly be boosted up from Earth, without the need for in-situ resource utilization.

This is not the only game-changing development.  Al Globus, in separate research, shows that humans can likely tolerate far higher revolutions-per-minute in a rotating* space settlement.  Higher RPMs mean a settlement can be smaller, further reducing the amount of mass needed to build a viable (albeit very small) settlement.

In the next post, bleeding-edge launch developments will be discussed. And they have nothing to do with chemical rockets.

*This Orbital Life is of the opinion that space settlements must generate some level of artificial gravity in order to provide the type of lifestyle that would attract large numbers of people to live in space. Living in microgravity is uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Thank you to Voices from L5

It’s been a long time since I posted on This Orbital Life.  I want to thank Liam for keeping this blog going with his fantastic Voices from L5  podcast.  We pride ourselves on having a diversity of opinions. While I disagree with many of its conclusions and it’s socialist slant, I’m proud to host Voices from L5.  The space community is small and occasionally becomes an echo chamber or, at best, a discussion forum defined by two poles.  For example – do we go to the Moon or Mars?  Do we support government or commercial space?  Even if one disagrees with the opinions of its host or its guests, Voices from L5 explores entirely new aspects of space settlement beyond that which is normally heard in the space policy and development world.  And for that reason alone it is extremely valuable.  By entertaining a diversity of ideas our community will be stronger and do a better job persuading others of the benefits of space settlement.  Thank you Liam, keep it up.

Voices From L5 – Workers Rights In Space

What rights do workers have in space, and how can we enforce them when the nearest unbiased court could be hundreds of thousands of miles away?

Carolyn Meinel joins us this week to discuss this and more, as we try to figure out exactly what needs to be done to ensure the space miners and colonists are safe and protected, getting their fair share out in the furthest reaches of our solar system.

I’ve tried a few new things in this episode, there some new software in the mix, a new leveling technique brought to me by a fellow podcaster and there’s even some new hardware in the form of a better developed mic enclosure (curtsy of our patrons!). Tell me what you think!

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Voices From L5 – Hidden Figures

Something a little different this week, Voices reviews a film, Hidden Figures, with our friend from another podcast, Christopher Peterson. Chris runs the DecipherSciFi show, a brilliant podcast that examines science fiction and scifi concepts, definitely check it out!

Hidden Figures was a fantastic and inspiring film that examined some of the most important people in the space race and I felt it deserved a little discussion. The history of women, and WOC especially, is often glossed over or outright forgotten, despite these people being the shoulders upon which we stand.

Join us for a discussion on the history of woc in space, computing, equality and more!

Some subjects discussed in the show

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. I mistakenly called her Valentina Tchakovski in the show.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space  – In 1983, 20 years after Valentina’s flight!

This page has a chart comparing computing speeds, placing the 7090 shown in the film at over 1 Million FLOPS, compared to a modern Playstation 4 which runs at 180Billion FLOPS.

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Voices From L5 – Gender In Space

Who gets to go to space? Is it a Noah’s ark where we march two by two? A meritocracy where the skilled and talented are who inherent our future in the stars?

One of our best guests from way way back at the start of the project, Tony Milligan joins us to discuss gender in space, centered around the question who who goes and why. The conclusions he comes to may be surprising!

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Voices From L5 – Space Socialism Pt.2 (Feat. Kim Stanley Robinson)

Further exploring alternatives to the market based dreams of the US Space community, the wonderful Kim Stanley Robinson joins us to discuss a number of questions that arise when viewing space through the lens of non-capital. We ask the question “Can space ever be profitable, and if not, what then?”

Check out Stan’s upcoming book, New York 2140! – http://amzn.to/2jDdjYy

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Voices From L5 – Space Socialism

Hello folks and welcome back! I trust you all had a good winter holiday! Voices is back with the first in our mini series exploring alternative ideas and models of space programs to the current US Government/Private Market system we have today.

Partially inspired by some of the comments on my last video, I thought it would be fun to get some experts on to discuss other political models, and how space exploration and expansion can exist under their banners.

This week’s guest is Sci-Fi author and space enthusiast Ken MacLeod.  He gave a fantastic talk on Space and Socialism (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsYlCln9K7A) and I thought he’d make a great guest for the topic.

So join us as we explore the benefits, pitfalls and questions raised by the idea of a socialist space system.

You can find Ken’s books, the Corporation Wars, over at Amazon – http://amzn.to/2iV1SZG

And here’s links for other books and events mentioned during the show;

The Great Mambo Chicken by Ed Regis – http://amzn.to/2iN383R

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (potential future guest!) – http://amzn.to/2iJ94by

And the Nedelin Catastrophe – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nedelin_catastrophe

Voices From L5 – SETI

The search for extraterrestrial life is a huge question when it comes to space, and many of you have been asking for a SETI guest for a very long time.

Well, Seth Shostak, head astronomer from the California SETI institue joins us this week to discuss SETI, its plans for the future and how it can benefit from space colonization!

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Voices From L5 – The Story of the Cosmic Dancer

Take a journey with us through space history as we examine the tale of the Cosmic Dancer, the first artwork commissioned and designed specifically for space flight, and the first true work of Space Art.

Arthur Woods joins us to tell a tale that spans decades, through the fall of the USSR and the rise of private commercial space, the story of the Cosmic Dancer is inspiring and fascinating.

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Find out more from about Arthur’s projects at http://greater.earth/

Voices From L5 – SpaceX IAC2016 Analysis

Elon Musk’s IAC talk got a lot of people excited, and rightly so! Its an inspiring, uplifting vision of the future. Voices From L5 dives in to analyze some of the comments made and asks some questions regarding them.

I want to kick things off by saying that I realize this is a speech designed to inspire and interest investors primarily, and so I don’t really expect many of the answers I was looking for from the speech. I still feel like these are questions some one needs to be asking about the proposed timeline Musk has presented here.

Voices From L5 – Space And Art

In a new series, Voices jumps back to examine space art, a wide field covering many disciplines from garage art studios to NASA labs. In this episode, Ron Miller, a long time space artists, joins us to give a background into this fascinating world, and a history lesson in the culture surrounding it.

Look forward to more space art episodes, coming soon!

Ron Miller is the owner of Black Cat Studios and a long time space artist. His book, The Art Of Space, is available now.

Voices From L5 – The History Of Space Policy

Kicking off another mini series, we have friend of the show Michael Listner this week to discuss the social and political landscape around space policy through the ages – We discuss what shaped important bills and what that might mean for the future.

In particular focus, the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984 is put under the microscope as we examine what that act was, what it did and its effects on the space industry as it stands.

Sorry for the delay folks! Life temporarily caught up with us here at VL5 and we were without proper internet or sound editing equipment for a week or two there. Should be back on schedule as of this week!

Voices From L5 – Practical Problems with the Outer Space Treaty

We are joined this week by Martin Elvis, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian centre for astrophysics. Martin joins us to discuss a paper regarding a potential loophole in the Outer Space Treaty and how it handles property.

In this episode we highlight the need for practical considerations and questions being asked regarding space and space law and policy.

Learn more about Dr Elvis’s research here – http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/07/eternal-light-up-for-grabs/

Friend of the show Adam Manning also wrote a retort to Dr Elvis’s paper, which you can read here – http://projection3.blogspot.com/2016/07/luna-and-law-of-property.html

Voices From L5 – To The Stars

How can we go beyond our solar system and what might we find there? Why would we do such things? Phillip tells us about his project and the projects he’s involved with that hope to one day send out fleets of tiny ships to other stars.

Phillip Lubin joins us to discuss that next step in the farthest reaches of space exploration – Interstellar travel.

Find out more about Phillip’s projects at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1793003507/voices-of-humanity-the-worlds-space-time-capsule and http://www.planetary.org/connect/our-experts/profiles/philip-lubin.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

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Voices From L5 – The Ethics of Terraforming

If we can terraform Mars, should we? What if there’s already life there? What is the most important thing about our solar system? Humans? Or Life itself? Do we have an obligation to be gardeners of our part of the universe, cultivating life as we find it, where ever we find it, and being sure not to impede its growth?

Chris McKay, a NASA expert, joins us this week to share his views on ethical terraforming. We discuss how humanities desire to grow and explore could butt heads with an ethical responsibility to the solar system and what can be done to overcome these issues.

A fantastic episode with some incredible implications and ideas. One of my favorites so far! If you enjoyed our early episodes with Tony Milligan and co, this one will be a treat!

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Voices From L5 – Concordia

Imagine being in the most remote place on Earth, stuck for months with no way of getting home. Here, farther from civilization than anyone but the Astronauts, Concordia research base houses scientists and doctors experimenting and preforming research that will prepare us for Mars.

Adrian Golemis is our guest this week, former doctor on the Concordia research base in Antarctica.  Adrian joins us to discuss his time aboard the remote base, his daily life and the struggles of the crew, both internal and external. We learn a little about his research too, and its potential for future Mars missions

Check out more from Adrian on his blog at ESA or on twitter

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Voices From L5 – Voices From Mars

An amazing special episode this week – Sheyna Grifford, the chief health and safety officer on the NASA-Ames HI-SEAS Mars analogue mission joins us for a time-delayed interview live from the HI-SEAS Mars simulation. Sheyna is currently involved in a long term Mars analogue and has graciously given us her time to discuss the mission, health and crew selection. Honestly we cover so much ground and Sheyna has so many amazing stories about her experiences in analogues – this is an unmissable episode!

Check out Sheyna at her blog, Live From Mars, or her Twitter

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Voices From L5 – Terraforming Mars

What other ways can we spread to the stars? Free standing settlements may be what we hope for, but are there other options?

Matt Williams joins us to discuss terraforming the red planet. Along the way we examine the ethical, technological and societal questions that follow. Why would we do such a thing? How long would it take? Is it morally right to impose ourselves like that?

Great episode and big thanks to Matt for joining us. You can read more of Matt’s ideas and hear about his book at his website, check it out! This is part one of a subseries on terraforming, we have another expert from NASA Ames on soon to discuss the ethics of terraforming Mars and some alternative answers to our questions in this episode, stay tuned!

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Voices From L5 – Who do we send into space?

How do you pick the next generation of Space pioneers? And how can we train, test our theories and build an understanding of space psych without actually going to space?

The answer may be mars analogues

Sheryl Bishop joins us to continue our series on space psych by discussing her experiences with space and Mars analogues, crew selection and more.

We touch on far flung missions to other solar systems, Mars colonization and more. Don’t miss this one folks!

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Voices From L5 – Mental Health and Space

How do we prepare ourselves for space? Not just physically, but mentally, socially. What happens when cultures clash in the great unknown?

Marc Jurblum joins us to kick off our series on Space Psych and general Health In Space. We discuss the history of the field and its potential uses back home, as well as where the research is headed for the future. I also ramble about getting to see Micheal Collins talk.

Marc had some interesting links to share with us along with the episode. First off he wanted us to share the Mars Without Borders program, a research program for exploring Mars topics. And a shout out to the VSSEC.

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Voices From L5 – What it takes to get a Moon Base

We all want a moon base, but why don’t we have one yet and what needs to happen to make it real?

Brent Sherwoods joins us this week to discuss the Moon Village, an ESA proposed ‘lunar business park’ that would allow groups of corporations and countries to work together to build and use a large scale moon base. In this king-sized episode, Brent also talks about the driving factors that are required for a moon base, why we’d want one and what could get us there.

We also have another video episode this week, where I address a PR issue in the space settlement world

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Voices From L5 – The Korean Perspective on Space

KangSan Kim AKA Antonio Stark and Jaehun Jang, two members of Team Divinity, winners of the NASA Ames Space Settlement grand prize join us this week to discuss their project, what designing space settlements means to them and what space development looks like to Korea.

Brilliant episode, was fantastic to talk to these young guys and brilliant to get a look at another countries ideas of space development. Another part of our ongoing goal to cover as many different viewpoints of space development as possible! Look forward to hearing more from space settlement advocates around the world in the coming months.

Learn more about Team Divinity and their project here – http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2016/ProjectDivinity.pdf

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Voices From L5 – How to stop an asteroid

James Howe joins us this week for an awesome episode discussing the other thing asteroids do – wipe out all life as we know it! More accurately, he’s here telling us all about the amazing technologies and movements that we have for detecting, identifying and ultimately redirecting these planet-killers, as well as the repercussions if we don’t. You might think our biggest risk is a big rock, but you’d be surprised!

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And check out our Youtube! This week we launched Videos From L5, a new show where I discuss some of my own thoughts and views on space and space settlement!

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Voices From L5 – New Space, The Outer Space Treaty and Lucite balls

Michael Listner joins us this week to address how the Outer Space Treaty effects the new space movement and the various new space companies plans for asteroid mining.  He also addresses concerns like ownership rights, and tells us some fascinating real world consequences of our current space legal landscape.

Michael is a legal professional who works at http://www.spacelawsolutions.com/ to consult and develop solutions and ideas for moving forward in the space industry.

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Voices From L5 – The Space Frontier Foundation

Hannah Kerner of the Space Frontier Foundation joins Voices and gives us the low down on what the SFF does, how it does it and what’s in the future for the group.

Most interestingly, Hannah goes over a philosophy of common good and how it relates to her work with the SFF, a side of the new-space movement not often discussed outside of press releases. A very interesting subject and a great guest!

Find out more about the SFF at https://spacefrontier.org/

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The NSS also fosters the next generation of space pioneers through STEM education programs that have inspired thousands of students around the world to pursue careers in science and aerospace.

All NSS members receive Ad Astra, our award-winning quarterly magazine focused on the future of space exploration and settlement.

To support the National Space Society as a member or volunteer, please visit us on the web at www.nss.org.

Voices From L5 – India’s Place in Space

Manish Mishra and Swapnil Kumar, two students from the Indian Institute of Space Technology join us to discuss India’s place in the global space industry and how they intend to be a part of it.

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The NSS also fosters the next generation of space pioneers through STEM education programs that have inspired thousands of students around the world to pursue careers in science and aerospace.

All NSS members receive Ad Astra, our award-winning quarterly magazine focused on the future of space exploration and settlement.

To support the National Space Society as a member or volunteer, please visit us on the web at www.nss.org.

Voices From L5 – The Workforce Of The Future

What will be the biggest industry in space? Ronald Kohl joins us this week to discuss where the workers of the future will come from, and the challenges they might face when they get here.

In a world where workers rights and job security is one of the hottest topics, we take a look at the needs of the future work force, and what might be its biggest contributors.

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As always Voices From L5 is brought to you by the National Space Society. The NSS is  working to accelerate humankind’s future in space through policy advocacy and thought leadership.

The NSS also fosters the next generation of space pioneers through STEM education programs that have inspired thousands of students around the world to pursue careers in science and aerospace.

All NSS members receive Ad Astra, our award-winning quarterly magazine focused on the future of space exploration and settlement.

To support the National Space Society as a member or volunteer, please visit us on the web at www.nss.org.

Come learn about March Storm at the ISU Space Cafe

March Storm is coming!

Come join us at the next International Space University (ISU) Space Cafe on March 2 at 7 pm in downtown Washington, DC. A panel of space policy experts and citizen-advocates from March Storm will speak at the Science Club to engage the audience in a discussion about how space policy is opening up the cosmos for humankind.

Discussion topics include:

What is the real purpose of human spaceflight?  Should we be focused on the large-scale human settlement of space, perhaps even “millions of people living and working in space” like Jeff Bezos suggests?  

How might we define Cheap Access to Space? How would a multi-billion dollar Cheap Access to Space prize, funded by the federal government, work?  

What happens if the ISS is de-orbited in 2024 and we don’t have a commercial space station in LEO yet?  Should we maintain a human presence in LEO as NASA looks to Mars?  If you agree, what can we do to make sure that happens?

America could put humans back on the Moon by the end of the 2nd term of the next President, within NASA’s existing budget … If it used commercial COTS-like partnerships.  U.S. industry could mine the Moon for propellant, and lower the cost of trips to Mars.  Thoughts?”

Bring your comments, questions and concerns. We’ll see you there!

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Voices From L5 – March Storm

Have you ever wondered how you can get involved in space advocacy, or how you can change space policy?

Tom Marotta, long time Voices guest, joins us again to tell us about March Storm, the prime space advocacy event happening this March in DC. Tom discusses the world of space advocacy and political action as well as what March Storm has achieved in the past few years.

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As always Voices From L5 is brought to you by the National Space Society. The NSS is  working to accelerate humankind’s future in space through policy advocacy and thought leadership.

The NSS also fosters the next generation of space pioneers through STEM education programs that have inspired thousands of students around the world to pursue careers in science and aerospace.

All NSS members receive Ad Astra, our award-winning quarterly magazine focused on the future of space exploration and settlement.

To support the National Space Society as a member or volunteer, please visit us on the web at www.nss.org.

Complete the Development of Commercial Crew

March Storm is coming!

Last year March Storm successfully advocated for full funding for the development of Commercial Crew. That was a huge success and it will go a long way to making sure America can launch astronauts from its own soil in the coming years. But our work is not done. Commercial Crew will likely require additional development funding before flights begin in 2017.

We are so close to having not one but two new spacecraft to send human beings into orbit. Commercial Crew is essential to our national security and achieving our goals in space, and it may also lead to more space tourism and other commercial activities in low earth orbit. Join us and help push this program over the finish line!

Register now for March Storm 2016 at www.marchstorm.com to join the movement.

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Awesome Space Settlement Art

Glenn Clovis is a genius and a visionary.  Just look at that awesome image of twinned Island Three’s above! Check out more of the outstanding space-themed images on his website here.

Update: I recently learned Glenn converted his old static website (with lots of cool space settlement stuff) into a more frequently updated blog.  So we can expect to see lots more from this awesome space artist!

This Orbital Life is on The Space Show

This Orbital Life was on The Space Show discussing March Storm.

You can listen to the episode here:

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March Storm is a legislative advocacy event occurring in Washington DC from March 13 to 17 this year.  Join dozens of your fellow citizens as we educate Congress about the citizen’s space agenda.  Learn more here.

Voices From L5 – Space Law Roundtable

Ever wonder what a space constitution would be like? Or what rights a society in space might need? Heard about this new space resources bill and need some help figuring it out?

3 masters of Space Law, PJ Blount, Christopher Newman and Adam Manning all return for a group chat on the space law legal issues of the day, dissecting and discussing the latest space resources bill. Along the way we delve into everything from security to constitutional rights.

Voices from L5 is brought to you by the National Space Society. The NSS is one of the largest and oldest civilian space advocacy groups in the world, learn more at www.NSS.org

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Voices From L5 – Hacking the Solar System

PJ Blount joins us this week to talk space security, cyber attacks and satellite takeovers. How secure is our communications backbone, and how hard is it to steal a satellite?

PJ Blount is an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law and a member of the Board of Directors at the International Institute of Space Law.

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Help Establish a Commercial Economy in Space

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March Storm is coming!

From March 13 to March 17 dozens of private U.S. citizens will again travel to Washington, D.C. — on their own time and their own dime — to advocate for a Citizens’ Space Agenda.

A key item on this year’s Citizens’ Space Agenda is to pass legislation ensuring there is no gap in the permanent human presence in space.  The International Space Station will be decommissioned in 2024 and there is currently no plan for a replacement.  Congress should take steps to encourage private space stations in low earth orbit before 2024, with NASA as an anchor customer.

This ‘gapless transition’ is a key part of the larger Commercial Space Industrialization Act (CSIA).  CSIA will also clarify space property rights and require the U.S. government to establish a market for rocket fuel in space, especially for propellant manufactured from asteroidal and lunar resources.  In short, this proposed bill will lay the groundwork for a commercial economy in space.

Excited?  We need your help!  Register now for March Storm 2016 at www.marchstorm.com to join the movement.

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Voices From L5 – What will we do on the moon?

Brent Sherwood joins us to discuss life on the moon. What will humans actually do on the moon? What kind of experiments, scientific discoveries and human developments can be made on the Moon and why do we need to go back?

One of our best episodes yet, Brent’s ideas for what we can discover and do on the moon, as well as his incredibly accessible delivery was a joy. Check out his work, What will we actually do on the moon, here – http://connection.ebscohost.com/c..

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