The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Its mission is "to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity."
The Alliance for Space Development (ASD), the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), are holding the annual March Storm Washington DC Blitz March 10-14, 2019. Sunday March 10 will be an all-day training event, followed by up to four days of Congressional visits. Blitzers are asked to commit to a minimum […]
By Trevor J. Mills OSIRIS-REx has just entered orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year’s Eve, 2018. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is an asteroid sample return mission, similar to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2. OSIRIS-REx’s name defines both its mission and its capabilities. ‘Origins’ – the return and […]
Shortly before Christmas I received an email from Madhu Thangavelu, chair of the Moon Development and Settlement programming track for the 2019 International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The email was a call for the submission of abstracts (presentation proposals) for the Moon Development and Settlement track. Coincidentally the theme for the 2019 ISDC is Back […]
Image: Starship Alpha construction at Boca Chica, December 23, 2018 (courtesy SpaceX). By Dale Skran NSS Executive Vice President Copyright 2018 I remember movies like When Worlds Collide. There was always, at least in my gauzy memory, a scene of the mighty rocket being built. A long hull stretched into the darkness, swarmed by scaffolding and […]
National Space Society congratulates Virgin Galactic on achieving a historic milestone in space tourism Virgin Galactic achieved a historic milestone in space development as the start up of space tourism takes another step forward. Thursday morning, December 13th, the fourth powered test flight of the reusable Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Unity was launched and it […]
By George Mancuso On September 16, 2014, NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts to provide crewed launch services to the International Space Station (ISS). For the same contract requirement, Boeing could receive up to $ 4.2 B, while SpaceX could receive up to $ 2.6 B. As Boeing and SpaceX are approaching initial test flights […]
New in the NSS Space Settlement Journal is the article Electrical Requirements for a Spectrum of Multi-Stage Space Farms by Bryce L. Meyer. Abstract Future long-term space missions and settlements will be energy intensive and will need both biological and mechanical means to recycle carbon dioxide, water, and wastes to oxygen, clean water, and a variety […]