Next Meeting, Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – 3PM – Barbara Bush Library – Featured Speaker: Anima Sabale

Join us on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3PM at the Barbara Bush Library for our next NSS North Houston Space Society meeting. Our featured speaker will be Anima Sabale.

Anima Patil-Sabale is based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where she manages the Orion Spacecraft Simulations Lab. She has worked on NASA’s Kepler Mission and in NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division prior to this and has 14 years of experience in the software industry prior. Anima has been a Commander for the HERA VII mission, a 14 day Human Exploration and Research Analog at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2015. She has also been a Commander for a Mars Analog Mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in 2018, leading a crew of 5 in a study on how astronauts will live, work and survive on Mars. She has been a First Tier Support Engineer for Hi-SEAS for about 4 years. She is a Scientist-Astronaut candidate for Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and Project PHEnOM, both commercial suborbital spaceflight research programs. She has been contributing as a research subject to important astronautics research studies flying parabolas to test the performance of a commercial spacesuit in microgravity, laying in a head-down tilt position for NASA’s Simulated Microgravity Fluid Loading study, spinning in a centrifuge and pulling upto 6G’s to contribute to an important FAA commercial spaceflight study, providing inputs to NASA’s astronaut food study et. al.

Summary of July 6, 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Monthly Meeting

First off, I want to thank Greg Stanley and Dough Hall for putting together such a good June meeting.

Their presentations and more information about the meeting are available on our website: SpaceX StarLink, Skylon/SABRE, and more at the June 1, 2019 – NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting

We covered some recent space events:

SpaceX was successfully able to capture one of the payload fairings. The video from the onboard camera is stunning:

Watch the replay of the entire launch.

Partially reusable rockets are here, and they are changing the economics of getting payloads and people into space. 100% reusable rockets are right around the corner and they will change EVERYTHING!

Elon tweeted July 7” Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed.”
SpaceX targets 2021 commercial Starship launch
And don’t forget about DearMoon, the plans to use Starship to send people around the moon in 2023.

Then Nathan gave an overview of his experiences at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC).

The main focus of the presentation was about our efforts to return to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

And we have not been back since Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon on December 14, 1972.

At ISDC 2019 the NSS North Houston Space Society chapter received a “Special Merit” award for our efforts to fund and select a ZERO-G experience for a Houston area high school student.

(see Summary of February 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting – Space Infrastructure & High School Astronaut Contest for more details)

ISDC 2019 was an amazing event. And I recommend everyone plan on attending next year when ISDC is in Dallas. May 28-31, 2020
https://isdc2020.nss.org/

We also had a drawing for a Lego Lunar Module. Banu’s son won the drawing. Congratulations!

We had a great group for this meeting:

Be sure and come to our August 3, 2019 meeting. It will be at Barbara Bush Library at 3PM. Anima Sabale will be the guest speaker.

Next Meeting: July 6, 2019 – 3PM – Barbara Bush Library – Overview of 2019 International Space Development Conference (ISDC)

Every year the National Space Society (NSS) hosts the International Space Development Conference (ISDC). This conference brings together
scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and space enthusiasts for several days of engaging discussions, presentations, tours and social events that all focus on the events that are leading rapidly to permanent settlements in space. 

This year, it included many well known speakers including Jim Bridenstine (NASA Administrator), Eileen Collins (former NASA Astronaut), Tory Bruno (CEO of ULA), Jeffry Manber (CEO NanoRacks). It included student presentations from approximately 500 students from around the world. And sessions covering the Moon, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), Bio-Requirements for Space Settlement, Mankind’s Future on Mars, Space Settlement, Achieving Earth Independence, Interstellar, Space Elevators, Space Business, Space Solar Power, Living in Space, Space Transportation, LaunchPad Talks, and the Many Roads to Space.

This year three members of the NSS North Houston Space Society chapter was able to attend. Nathan Price will be giving an overview of what he learned. And encouraging all to attend next year which will be much closer…

Join us on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 3PM at the Barbara Bush Library at 6817 CypressWood Dr.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

SpaceX StarLink, Skylon/SABRE, and more at the June 1, 2019 – NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting

All of humanity’s futures can be categorized into two buckets:
1) We stay on Earth Forever. Everything we know or will ever know happens here on this one small mote in the universe.
2) We learn to expand life, civilization and everything beyond Earth. We learn to live everywhere. And while there are no signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, we know that won’t be the case forever. Because people from Earth will spread out into the cosmos.

The National Space Society (NSS) firmly votes for the second future. While it may seem impossible now, we know that if we make steady progress, it will be inevitable. Each month we explore that journey, and we invite everyone, both advocate and skeptic, both novice and expert, to come and explore it with us.

Here is what we covered in the June 1, 2019 meeting.
(Thank you Greg Stanley & Doug Hall for putting on a great meeting. Also, thank you C. Stuart Hardwick for taking pictures.)

Greg Stanley covered recent space news and StarLink, SpaceX’s global high-speed internet service that is in development.

Greg’s full presentation is available for download.

Below are some of the highlights.


Doug Hall gave an update on the Skylon / SABRE developments. His presentation is available for download:

Here are some highlights:

Upcoming Events

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) will be held June 6-9, 2019 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA.
https://isdc2019.nss.org/ Nathan, Sonia, and Christopher Price will be attending and will share the experience at our next monthly meeting on July 6, 2019.

Other Space Events at the Barbara Bush Library

Moon Men & Rock Stars:  True Tales of Apollo Astronauts and Planetary Scientists.
Judy Allton:  storyteller, also curator of solar wind collectors for JSC at NASA, and previously worked with Apollo lunar soil cores •Includes updates on Apollo samples soon to be opened and analyzed for the first time since collection 50 years ago.
6/14/2019, 4:30 PM, Barbara Bush Library, Earl Elliott Room (Foyer)



Saturday Shorts with CineSpace (http://CineSpace.org)
6/22/2019, 2:00 PM,  Barbara Bush Library, Earl Elliott Room (Foyer)

NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting – Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 3PM – Barbara Bush Library

So much happening in Space, come talk about it!

Come learn about space exploration and its impact on our lives here on earth. Join us as we share the latest happenings and discuss our exciting future among the stars. All ages and knowledge levels welcome.

Barbara Bush Library – Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 3PM

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Summary of May 4, 2019 Meeting with Herb Baker

We had a great May 4th meeting at the Barbara Bush Library. Herb Baker came and shared highlights of his 40+ year career at NASA. It was fascinating to hear first hand about how the events of the post-Apollo and Shuttle era unfolded. And before he started at NASA, he worked for the TV networks helping with logistics coverage of the Apollo program.



As a token of Thanks, the NSS North Houston Space Society presented Herb Baker with a EcoSphere. Unlike the shrimp who are trapped in their self-contained world, we have people like Herb Baker to help us break free into the universe.

Nathan Price also hosted a conversation on “Why Space?” focusing on how space improves our vision of the earth, the earth within the universe and of our place in the universe. “We go to the moon not because of what we will do to the moon. We go to the moon because of what the moon will do to us.”

We had 14 people present at the meeting. (Which is great considering that this meeting was at a different place and a different time than the ones in the past.)

Our next meeting will be a Barbara Bush Library, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 3PM.

Next Monthly Meeting – May 4, 2019 – 3:00-5:00Pm – Barbara Bush Library

Join NSS North Houston Space Society on May 4, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX 77379). Learn about the latest happenings in space exploration and about what is just around the corner. Talk to fellow members. (Our members include people of all walks of life. Some have experience in space exploration, some are engineers in other fields, some are business people, programmers, sci-fi writers, students, and people that are interested.) Discussing space exploration with others that are interested in it too is one of the benefits of coming to a NSS meeting.

The May 4th meeting will also feature Herb Baker, Former Manager at NASA/Johnson Space Center. His office provided contract management support to the Flight Operations Directorate, the Safety & Mission Assurance Office, the Human Resources (HR) office, and the Office of the CFO at the Johnson Space Center and included support to operations at NASA’s aircraft operations at Ellington Field. This support covered activities within Mission Control, the Astronaut Office, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility among others.


Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Summary of our April 6, 2019 – meeting – SPACE: Final Investment Frontier featuring Meagan Crawford of the SpaceFund

Nathan Price started by giving an update of recent news and announcements. The first was that future meetings would be held at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) and the timing would be changed to 3PM-5PM on the first Saturday of each month.

SpaceX DM-1 had just launched before the last meeting. The Crew Dragon capsule completed all the expected tests and maneuvers. This was a key step towards re-establishing the capability to launch astronauts from the US. This is capability that we have not had since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.

March 26, 2019 – Mike Pence directed NASA to land astronauts on the south pole of the moon by 2024.

SpaceIL’s Lunar lander had launched just before the last meeting. It entered lunar orbit on April 4, 2019 and is expected to land on the surface on April 11, 2019. This will be streamed live. (http://www.visit.spaceil.com/ )

SpaceX completed a test fire of its StarShip hopper. The StarShip will transform human space transportation as the 747 did for commercial airline travel. This is a craft that is 100% reusable, will be able to carry 100+ people at a time, can be used for point to point travel on earth as well as travel to orbit, moon, mars and beyond.

This is a big step towards a city on Mars, moonbase, and point to point travel on earth.

And it is a major step towards the
https://dearmoon.earth/ project which aims to send a group of artists around the moon in 2023.

Then we had our main event. Meagan Crawford from the SpaceFund ( https://spacefund.com/ ) talked about the opportunities and challenges with investing in the space industry, how the SpaceFund are addressing these, and how much the space industry has to catch up to the other areas of investment.


As a “Thank You” for presenting, Meagan was presented with a EcoSphere:

Upcoming events:
Falcon Heavy Launch of Arabsat-6A scheduled for April 10, 2019. ( https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/ )

Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, will be talking at Rice University Friday, April 12, 2019 from 7-8PM at Keck Hall. Reception at 6:30PM. Free to the public. Registration and updates at
http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/

And our next meeting is Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Barbara Bush Library 3-5PM.

Herb Baker – Former Manager at NASA/Johnson Space Center

His office provided contract management support to the Flight Operations Directorate, the Safety & Mission Assurance Office, the Human Resources (HR) office, and the Office of the CFO at the Johnson Space Center and included support to operations at NASA’s aircraft operations at Ellington Field. This support covered activities within Mission Control, the Astronaut Office, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility among others.

Many good discussions followed the presentations.

Meagan talks to C. Stewart Hardwick (SF Author)

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 6PM – Space – The Final Investment Frontier – Meagan Crawford – SpaceFund

Space – The Final Investment Frontier

Historically, space investing has been the exclusive domain of governments and billionaires, which has drastically impeded the flow of needed capital for frontier-enabling companies. SpaceFund believes this lack of investor appetite for space startups boils down to two fundamental problems: lack of information and lack of liquidity. SpaceFund has put together a team of experts to close the information gap, by producing and publishing data about the industry, and by acting as an intermediary for investors who know little about the industry. However, the industry’s lack of liquidity and long investment horizons provide a more difficult challenge for would-be space investors. This is where the advent of new digital financial technologies can help significantly increase liquidity by decreasing investment horizons and decoupling project timelines from investor exits. Meagan will discuss the thesis that created SpaceFund, show some of the company’s recent industry research, and explain how this new venture capital firm will help fund the permanent human settlement of space. 

About the Speaker: Meagan Crawford is a NewSpace industry pioneer with a breadth of experience across finance, investing, management, entrepreneurship, communications, marketing, and team building. A strong believer in the power of free enterprise as the driving force that will lift humanity off-world, Meagan is dedicated to several projects focused on building a sustainable, profitable, successful space industry – for everyone.  Meagan is a managing partner of the SpaceFund, a venture capital firm, created to bridge the two most important revolutions of this generation.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Summary of February 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting – Space Infrastructure & High School Astronaut Contest

At our February 2019 meeting, we had about 30 people attend. Anita Gale was our guest speaker. She spoke about space infrastructure and how the ideas that had been part of the “future history” of the Space Settlement Design Contest are now becoming reality.

In recognition of her efforts and in thanks for coming and speaking at our February meeting, she was presented with the following:

It is an Ecosphere, a completely self contained ecosystem. It has algae that absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and food. The miniature shrimp use the oxygen and eat the algae. It is a materially closed world. These ecospheres usually last for 2 years without problems, but some have been lasted as long as 20 years.

The earth is like the ecosphere. It is small compared to the rest of the universe and it is materially closed (mostly). The significance of this gift is that Anita is helping humanity break free of our materially closed world and to start using the resources of the solar system.

Here Nathan explains:

We also had Mallesh Maharana attend the meeting. He is the winner of the 2018 Space Vacation contest. And he has won a ZERO-G Experience.

Here Nathan explains the program and Mallesh discusses his entry.

It was a great meeting, and I look forward to seeing you at the March 2, 2019 meeting.