September 16th meeting NSS of Phoenix Featuring Mike Mackowski, Presenting his talk on “How Satellites Work”

The September 16th 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).

Using the summer time frame was a great time to pace out some of our upcoming projects in order prepare for Winter/Spring. During summer we pushed through to be sure we had the opportunity to meet to gather and build a larger active membership base. We will start up monthly speaker meetings again this September. We are honored to have our very own former President for NSS Phoenix., Mike Mackowski, Presenting his talk on “How Satellites Work”.

There will also be a quick word about petition for John Strickland for an AT-LARGE director‘s position of the NSS Board of Directors for a four-year term commencing after the 2018 NSS election. For anyone interested in signing to support his nomination.


Phoenix NSS July 22nd Watch “Valerian” Movie

We will continue gathering for the summer. Our next event will be a gathering and watch Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 hrs. 16 min. (PG-13) Showtime:
Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 5:00 PM  Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ  85281

I will be wearing my NSS badge and standing out front by the ticket booth about 30 min to 20 min before if you want to sit together. After that we should be inside getting popcorn and soda. There is no assigned seating we will try to get the top rows since they are less popular.  For info on the movie go to

Then, we will decide where to eat from there. There are a few places to eat at Tempe Market Place it is an outdoor mall.

Our previous gathering was volunteer opportunity to help a member of our sister Organization in Tucson making space crafts with kids at Westercon for a short scheduled special event . Saturday, July 1st, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM thank you for all volunteers to help with Westercon . We started setup at 9am, and ran to 1pm.  See the link for short notice Opportunities or announcements.

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


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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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.


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.