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Breakthrough Science and Advanced Space Technology Concepts

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Image Obtained from Star Technology and Research, http://www.star-tech-inc.com.

The presenters on this Track describe innovative and breakthrough developments in propulsion science, the physics and chemistry of electromagnetic communications and electrified media, and human factors which promise to reduce the known barriers to both space resource utilization and humans of all walks of life living and working in space near and far. The concepts presented may also systematically lead to unexpected improvements for life on earth. Presenters may demonstrate an unusually improved understanding of a natural process or insight into an existing technology that may lead to rapid development and deployment of such a critical space technology. The concepts presented here may be speculative (technology readiness levels of a low order), but are based on or drawn from systematically collected data and/or a working knowledge that has not been previously developed to the extent represented here.



Preliminary Agenda and Scheduled Speakers



Thursday: Room: Mykonos (2nd Floor)
Time: 10 am - 10:15 am
Speaker
Presentation Title: Getting More Bang Before the Buck Arrives: How do We Restart Our Engine of Creativity and Innovation?

Speaker:Bill Gardiner, Laboratory Consulting Sources, Inc.

Presentation Summary:

Time: 10:15 am am - 10:50 am
Speaker
Presentation Title: Is Orbital Debris a Useful Test Case for Space Manufacturing?

Speaker:Joe Carroll, President, Tether Applications, Inc.

Presentation Summary: "The utility of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is increasingly threatened by small but lethal "shrapnel," most of which will be created by collisions between ton-class objects. The chance of such collisions is now 6%/year. Seriously reducing future losses in LEO will require avoiding or removing most such shrapnel, and preventing most large-object collisions.

The 1972 Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects specifies strict liability for all damage caused to other states in the air or on the ground, but "reliability based on fault" for damage elsewhere. That may encourage clean-up options that minimize uncontrolled reentries. One option is to capture most large debris at congested altitudes (~750-1000 km) and assemble it into tethered scrapyards near 700 km. This could radically reduce collisions, while also collecting ~2000 tons for potential recycling in orbit.

Over 70% of the mass in LEO is Russian, and the US has the most LEO assets at risk, so it may make sense to collaborate on collection and perhaps even recycling. The EDDE vehicle, now under development under NASA funding, could play key roles, capturing and moving debris, handing it off to tethered scrapyards, and delivering beneficiated mass to customers. It may even make sense for EDDE to collect Russian debris in return for ownership of some scrapyards.

A key question is: can ~2000 tons of "Very Near Earth Objects," already well-characterized and in LEO, be a profitable test case for commercial processing and sale of extraterrestrial materials?
Time: 10:50 am - 11 am
Break
Time: 11 am - 11:50 am
Speaker
Presentation Title: Server Sky - Introduction to Thinsat Technology

Speaker: Keith Lofstrom, Server Sky, http://server-sky.com

Presentation Summary: Presentation Summary: Server sky is a proposal to build large arrays of millions of 5 gram paper-thin computer satellites and launch them into 6400km earth orbit. Thinsat arrays use unlimited space solar power, and operate outside the biosphere, keeping the megawatts in the arrays while transmitting watts of signal to the ground.

Arrays act as internet data centers and sparse phased array antennas, transmitting thousands of pencil-thin communication beams simultaneously to ground receivers and other arrays in space.

We've made a lot of progress since ISDC 2010. Aluminum substrates, low-interference geodesic arrays, self-deploying stacks, improved manufacturability and radiation hardness, and other steps towards ten dollar satellites.

Please join us and learn how modern semiconductor manufacturing and Moore's law will drive rapid exponential growth in space.
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Lunch
Time: 2 pm - 2:50 pm
Speaker
Presentation Title: Can We Get Healthy Enough to Live in Space so we can be Healthy Enough to Stay on Earth?

Speaker:Bill Gardiner, Laboratory Consulting Sources, Inc.

Presentation Summary:
Time: 2:50 pm - 3 pm
Break
Time: 3 pm - 3:50 pm
Speaker
Presentation Title: Five Nation Wireless Power Transmission Demonstration Experiments.

Speaker:Narayanan Komerath

Presentation Summary:
Time: 3:50 pm - 4 pm
Break
Time: 4 pm - 4:50 pm
Speaker
Presentation Title: Space Travel without a Rocket or a Ride: Meteor Formation in the Mesosphere by the Electrolytic Ion Recombination (Deionization) Process

Speaker:Bill Gardiner, Laboratory Consulting Sources, Inc.

Presentation Summary:
Time: 4:50 pm - 5 pm
Break
Time: 5 pm - 5:50 pm
Speaker
Presentation Title: Space Travel Solutions through Local Distortions of Space-Time

Speaker: Marshall Barnes, Director, R&D and Marketing AET RaDAL

Presentation Summary:


Friday: Room: Athenia (2nd Floor)
Time: 3 pm - 3:50 pm
Presentation Title: EDDE: A Revolutionary Spacecraft to make Living in Space Affordable and Safe

Presentation Summary:

Speaker
Speaker:Jerome Pearson, President, Star Technology and Research, Inc.
Speaker
Speaker:Joe Carroll, President, Tether Applications, Inc.
Speaker
Speaker:Eugene Levin, Star Technology and Research, Inc
Time: 3:50 pm - 4 pm
Break
Time: 4 pm - 4:50 pm
Presentation Title: Sunjammer: A Solar Sail Demonstration

Presentation Summary:

Speaker
Speaker:Nathan Barnes, President, L'Garde Inc.
Speaker
Speaker:Charles Chafer, L'Garde Inc.

Speaker's Bio

William W. "Bill" Gardiner (Track Chair)

Bill Gardiner has been a member of the National Space Society and the predecessor L-5 Society since 1975 when he discovered the efforts of Princeton University Physics Professor Gerard O’Neill to develop a grand new plan to settle outer space . He has served as the Southeast Regional Board member three times and currently is Secretary of the National Society, member of the Executive Committee, chair of the NSS Roadmap committee and co-founder of the Breakthrough Science and Technology Committee (BS&T). His involvement with the the NSS is based on his belief that it is the only internationally based non-governmental organization capable of generating general solutions to our global challenges. In the early years (1978 – 1992) he was an intermediary between the affiliated Space Pac to Newt Gingrich, his Congressman during that period. In December 1991 Newt initiated a conference call with Bill’s local NSS Atlanta chapter which had previously arranged a telephone meeting with Cosmonaut and Supreme Soviet member Vladimir Dzhanibekov while he was in Toledo, Ohio for an attempt at a high altitude balloon flight. With Bill’s nine-year old son and fifth grade class on one phone, Newt on another and the cosmonaut on the third phone, Newt, having been a key proponent of the Space Defense Initiative (SDI), made reassurances to the cosmonaut about our peaceful intentions and offered assistance in getting FAA clearance for the balloon flight. Less than two weeks later the old Soviet Union “closed for business.” In 2011 Bill received an NSS Award for Exceptional Service. In the twenty-one years since then Bill has been working on moving beyond the legacy of the Cold War thinking of “flags and footprints” space policy. As part of his research and development efforts at Analytech, his family owned environmental laboratory business in Jonesboro, Georgia , he and his associates have been developing a fresh start in energy development, environment, health and nutrition. He refers to this effort as “Living in the Heavens as a Model for Living on Earth.” Since 2006, he has chaired forums and panels promoting the ideas and their creators of forward-thinking concepts that have the potential for dramatically advancing the US economy as a spacefaring society. Bill lives with his wife Amparo of 32 years in Jonesboro, Georgia and has four adult children and two grandchildren .




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