June 17th NSS of Phoenix Featuring Donald Jacques Developing Sustainable Biomes for Space Settlement

The June 17th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Our guest will be Donald Jacques

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Don was born in 1957 as an Air Force Brat.  Wanderlust has been strong since sitting in front of the tv in 1969 watching Neil and Buzz walk on the moon.  As a veteran of the USAF, he received training as both aircraft loadmaster, and facilities electrician.  Complex systems has always been an interest from the early days of experimenting with electricity, to developing applications as a Computer Programmer for 20 years.  With interests in Artificial Intelligence, Complex Systems, and Space Settlement, he seldom pauses from projects.

Founder of EarthSeed, Inc, Don now is focusing on the development of CELSS.  Beginning his research in 2010, he built an aquaponics system at home, then leveraged that knowledge to construct and tour his Tiny Home trailer.  He is author of  “EarthSeed: Settling Space in This Generation”, available on Amazon.  Now that that the Tiny Home is retired, he has embarked on the conversion of an 84 passenger school bus into a fully operational mobile Closed Ecological Life Support System Demonstrator. * Photo and Bio Permission from EarthSeed, Inc

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Link to website: http://earthseed.space/

Link to book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Seed-Settling-Space-Generation/dp/1936037092/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Phoenix March for Science April 22nd

If you want to go but don’t want to be alone. I plan on going if you want to meet up! Near the Light Rail Station drop off. (Jefferson and / 1st)  about 9:30am

I’m not that fast a walker so. DON’T BE SHY about being slow. and No, you don’t have to be a scientist, or engineer. Lets start together and end together, that is what I like to do.  National Space Society is not hosting or throwing this event. lets have FUN!!!!!!!!

** Minimum Items you may need will be water, sunscreen, headache medicine, hat, your spacey clothing. munchies/lunch and/or cash for food and stuff you might buy there. I’m thinking also of bringing a lawn chair. Remember the more you bring the more you have to carry. lastly,  you possibly need 20 dollars for parking <you know how event parking goes>. A bus day pass for the light rail if you plan on trying to go as cheap as possible. (I believe its 4 dollars per person, most circle K sell them, grocery stores or go kiosk at your rail station, and runs about every 15-20 min) the light rail stops at Jefferson and / 1st , Car parking I see looks like the nearest is Luhr’s Parking Garage. not sure what the price will be.

** Don’t forget to start hydrating 3 days before especially if this is your first physical event. Please read up on how to be sun safe. Don’t forget your water.

click the link on the website to see. the <start location>. front of Historic City Hall. <where I understand is the start/end>. The walk looks to be one mile, going toward chase field north to Washington and back to start. (calculated to be 30 min could be more depending on how many walkers we are with) again, check website. http://www.phxmarchforscience.com/

 

NSS April 15th, International Space Elevator Consortium from Dr Peter Swan

NSS AprilDr. Peter A. Swan Is President of the International Space Elevator Consortium. 

As such, he leads a team who further the concept with incremental studies and yearly conferences.  Over the last ten years he has published eight books on the topic as co-author and/or co-editor.  They are:  Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward [2014], Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers [2013], Space Elevator Concept of Operations [2012], Space Elevator Survivability – Space Debris Mitigation [2010],  Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmaps [2014], Design Considerations of a Space Elevator Earth Port [2015],  and Space Elevators Systems Architecture [2005].  He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and served 20 years in the Air Force with a variety of research and development positions in the space arena.  He taught at the Air Force Academy and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  Upon retirement in 1988, he joined Motorola on the Iridium satellite program. He lead the team responsible for the development of the Iridium spacecraft bus.  In 1998, he helped develop Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. that teaches space systems engineering.  His classes emphasize engineering know-how and management techniques to successfully develop space systems of national importance.  Pete received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in space systems. He has published many papers and a few books; two of which are on preparing for SCUBA trips.

The April 15th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201) *picture and bio provided by Dr Peter swan.

Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for March

The March 18th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Our guest will be Rick Gutridge, President of TREC – Technical Research & Engineering Company. He will be demonstrating Voyager, an Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory flight simulator that his company builds. The simulator is the heart of a futuristic story-based learning environment designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Join us for this live demo this coming Saturday March 18th *picture and info provided by Rick Gutridge

January Meeting

We have a meeting planned for Sat. Jan. 21 at the Humanist Center in Tempe at 11 am. Our speaker will be space artist Simon Kregar. He will talk about space art in general and his work in particular. Should be interesting. We will also have elections for the chapter to select officers for the next two years.

December Holiday Party

We had a great turnout at the November meeting where we had a very cool demo of virtual reality technology. We also identified a slate of officers for the election coming up in January. Thanks to folks who offered to give this a shot.

Our next get together will be a Christmas Party at the home of Mike and Maura Mackowski on Friday evening, Dec. 16. The festivities will begin around 7:30 pm, and please let Mike know you are planning to attend by sending  him a note at michael dot mackowski at gmail (figure that out…).

More details to follow in an email. If you are not getting the meeting announcments via email, please let Mike know.