Recorded in 2010, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) represents the future of translunar and interplanetary transportation as well as propulsion within Earth orbit. Its superb efficiency compared to that of a conventional chemical rocket allows double the payload mass for lunar delivery and half the transit time to Mars. Its robust design allows much greater power levels than existing electric propulsion systems and promises longer lifetimes.

The Case for Space Based Solar Power

We are burning hydrocarbons at an ever-increasing rate. Rising world population creates a global economy as more and more people want cars and refrigerators and all the other accouterments of the modern age. But where will we get our energy when the oil runs dry and the coal plays out? Can we afford to wait that long?

  • What power source can replace burning hydrocarbons?
  • How do we go about doing it?

This meeting is both presentation and an open discussion of these questions. Chuck Lesher, a member of the local HSGP and NSS Chapter, will guide the discussion. If you are a long-time space enthusiast or just curious as to what it’s all about we invite you to join us and add your voice to the conversation.


When and Where

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Humanist Community Center
627 W Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa AZ

Catching Up

After a very long absence, Epic Future Space is back with updates about SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Bigelow Aerospace, NASA, and Virgin Galactic. It’s been an amazing past couple of months in space.

For more Information about the stories I talked about click the following:
SpaceX CRS-1 Mission:…
SpaceX CRS-2 Mission:…
SpaceX’s Grasshopper:…
Orbital Sciences Antares Flight:…
Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM Module:…
Virgin Galactic first powered test flight:…

If you’d like to hear Orbital Transit:…
And check out Audio Martyr:

Another gem from Epic Future Space. Thanks Mikhail

Orbital Sciences Launches a New Rocket

ImageUp until now the word Antares has had only one meaning in our language, the given name of a star, but not anymore.  Sure, it is still the name of a giant red binary star, the brightest in the constellation Scorpio, about 424 light-years from Earth. The word Antares has its roots in ancient Greek meaning simulating Mars.  It looked red to them, just like Mars.

However, things change.  On Sunday, April 21, from a beach on Wallops Island Virginia, our own Orbital Sciences launched its newest horse in its extensive stable of rockets, the Antares. And for the first time in my memory, a first launch of a new rocket didn’t end prematurely in a puff of smoke or debris cloud. It went so smoothly that almost no one heard about it. That’s success in the rocket industry but a marketing failure.

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NSS May Meeting

NSS May Meeting

The turnout for the May meeting was very good. I counted over twenty. They all enjoyed the video and had a good time before and after socializing. They clapped and laughed and was very engaged in what the seven people in the video was saying and doing. All in all, it was a fine meeting.