Saturday Feb 15th NSS Phoenix will Feature Dr. Peter A. Swan Saturday “77 days to Mars – Fast Transit from the Space Elevator Apex Anchor” Also, Feb 8th at the 2020 SciTech Festival at the Buckeye Air Fair

NSS Phoenix Out Reach, will be this weekend Feb 8th 8am to 5pm  at  2020 SciTech Festival at the Buckeye Air Fair, the event is held at the Buckeye Municipal Airport 3000 South Palo Verde Road Buckeye, AZ 85326 United States we will be next to AIAA this year so come out and show support for space!

This event will be hosted by The City of Buckeye gathering Engineering, Space & Astronomy, Technology & Computer Science groups and will also feature over 60 amazing booths from all of our awesome vendors; we know the SciTech Festival this year will be the best one yet. Get your kids ENGAGED and INSPIRED with STEM booths from the SciTech Festival!

Special features also include Look through a telescope straight from the Lowell Observatory, the same observatory that discovered the planet Pluto! And of course watch a beautiful air show with expert pilots

This is a free event find more info here at https://scitechinstitute.org/event/2020-scitech-festival-at-the-buckeye-air-fair-2/

Saturday Feb 15th NSS Phoenix will Feature  Dr. Peter A. Swan Saturday “77 days to Mars – Fast Transit from the Space Elevator Apex Anchor”

The Feb 15th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon 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).

“77 days to Mars – Fast Transit from the Space Elevator Apex Anchor”

pete swan 2020Peter Swan, Ph.D. will  focus on Delivery of Interplanetary Mission Support equipment to Mars.  Can you imagine an infrastructure that “tosses” payloads towards Mars every day (no 26 month launch window wait) with frequent opportunities for Fast Transits?  Dr. Peter Swan is President of the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) and just published a four-year study entitled:  “The Road to the Space Elevator Era” from the International Academy of Astronautics and a one-year study entitled “Today’s Space Elevator,” from the ISEC.  His talk will focus on new research showing the strengths of a permanent infrastructure enabling fast transit to Mars.  Much of the orbital research was conducted by a student, James Torla, at ASU (supervised by Assoc. Professor Peet).  Dr. Swan will show how the capabilities of releasing a payload from the Apex Anchor (100,000 km in altitude) will lead to a surge in movement off-planet because of the tremendous strengths of this new concept for low cost access to space.  The outline for this overview is:

  • Introduction and History Of Space Elevators
  • Basic SE Architectures [Edwards, IAA, Obayashi]
  • Progress to date on developmental issues
  • Capabilities of space elevators
  • Leveraging SE’s for interplanetary mission support:
  • Conclusions and Questions

Dr. Peter A. Swan is the President of the International Space Elevator Consortium and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Over his 20 year Air Force career, he held a variety of research and development positions in the space arena.  He taught at the Air Force Academy and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1988.. Upon retirement, he joined Motorola on the Iridium satellite program. As a System Engineer, he initially provided space systems engineering leadership to the field office in Washington D.C.  He then lead the team responsible for the development of the Iridium spacecraft bus.  In 1998, he developed his own company and taught space systems engineering for Teaching Science and Technology, Inc.  His classes emphasize engineering know-how and management techniques to successfully develop space systems of national importance.    Pete’s final degree was a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in space systems.  His dissertation was on tethered satellites.  This led to a natural extension to an interest in space elevators where he has participated for over fifteen years with great interest.  He has published many papers and a few books; two of which are on preparing for SCUBA trips.  However, his space elevator publications [12 books so far] include: Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward [2014],  Space Elevators Systems Architecture [2007] and Space Elevator Survivability – Space Debris Mitigation [2010], Road to the Space Elevator Era[2019], and Today’s Space Elevator [2019].

Phyllis Redhair President of the National Space Society of Phoenix

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