- Jun 12, 2010View Source
GRAVITY NEWS 13
To start this Gravity News review, I want to make sure everyone gets a good look at this first item. If you feel you are near to releasing a discovery then this may be for you, but time is running out for the 2011 event. Your paper must be submitted before August 15, 2010. Also you will want to make reservations and so forth, so check this one out first!
Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum
March 15-17, 2011
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
IS an international technical forum organized by theInstitute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences (IASSPES) .*
The SPESIF platform seeks to promote the exchange of information among technologists, academicians, industrialists, and program managers on technical and programmatic issues related to the Space, Propulsion and Energy Sciences.
Among its organizers, conference and session chairs, and attendees, are high-level representatives from industry, government agencies, and institutes of higher learning.
Papers approved for SPESIF are reviewed by the technical staff, Chairs and Co-Chairs and other Committee Members needed for a proper peer review and are published by theAmerican Institute of Physics (AIP) in an AIP Conference Proceedings. http://www.ias-spes.org/SPESIF2011/CallforPapers/2011callforpapers.pdfPapers and presentations are invited in all technical areas of the Space, Propulsion and Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF-2011), organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion and Energy Sciences (IASSPES). SPESIF-2010 will be held March 15 - 17, 2011, at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Papers approved by the Technical and Editorial Committees will be publishable in an American Institute of Physics (AIP) proceedings. The general deadline for submission of abstracts for papers and presentation is August 15, 2010.
ããVasimr Plasma Rocket Missions to the Moon, Mars and Jupiter
When combined with chemical rocket technologies in a flexible architecture, the VASIMR® allows new and dramatically improved mission scenarios to be considered. Employing existing state of the art solar cell technology, VASIMR® is able to achieve dramatic propellant mass savings to move payloads near Earth and preposition payloads for assembly near the moon, the edge of Earth's gravitational sphere of influence, and beyond. Robotic prepositioning of assets at key locations in space allows cost and risk to be reduced for later transits between staging locations. The possibility of multi megawatt power levels also allows VASIMR® technology to significantly reduce the travel time and improve abort options for human interplanetary missions between staging locations near the Moon and Mars. Power levels ranging from currently available solar technologies to those requiring the future development of nuclear powered systems are considered.ã
QinetiQ wins award for contribution to space exploration
QinetiQ's ion propulsion team has been named Team of the Year for its outstanding contribution to space exploration at the recent Sir Arthur Clarke awards.
The award comes at the end of a landmark year for the QinetiQ ion propulsion team which saw the European Space Agency's (ESA's) GOCE Spacecraft become the first to launch with QinetiQ's T5 ion thrusters on board and the company begin work supplying advanced T6 thrusters for ESA's future BepiColombo mission to Mercury.
I believe we can be well on our way to Mars by July 20, 2019 -- which just happens to be the 50th anniversary of my Apollo 11 flight to the moon. The plan I've designed, called a unified space vision, contains ideas for the development of a deep-space craft that I call the Exploration Module, and development of a true heavy lift space booster evolved from the existing space shuttle.
Last but not least is a photo slideshow which may help those that have a creative block to relax and let the concepts flow. Just click on the link and let the images pass though your eyes and into your mind. If every picture is worth a thousand words, then here are millions of words that never even need to be said. Relax and enjoy;