Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM at Barbara Bush Library – Featured Speaker: Kaci Heins

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

The meeting will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

Featured Speaker: Kaci Heins
Space Center University Director at Space Center Houston

Kaci Heins is passionate about sharing the wonders of space exploration with all generations and getting students excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She has a background in science education, loves learning, life and all things related to space exploration. Heins manages Space Center University, a five-day engineering design program, Stars & STEM evening programs and Camp-In’s, where guests sleep over at Space Center Houston. She has launched numerous high altitude balloons across the country, sent an experiment to the International Space Station and flew on the Zero-G plane twice with student experiments. Kaci is always excited to Dare Mighty Things!

Meetings open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS 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. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Summary of our Feb. 1, 2020 Meeting – Why Space

Nathan started the meeting with a bit of space news

Our recent tour to Nanoracks


Launches since our last meeting: https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-log/

Definitely worth watching the press conference afterwards:

Next up in its lunar campaign, China is preparing to launch its Chang’e-5 sample-return mission late this year. Chang’e-5 will launch on the huge Long March 5 rocket and will be the first mission to retrieve samples from the moon since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 mission in 1976. ” ( https://www.space.com/china-moon-far-side-lander-rover-photos-14th-lunar-day.html )

1794 days till the end of 2024 by which time NASA will have astronauts return to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

Progress is being made testing Artemis I.


If you know someone qualified and passionate about getting humanity into space, please have them apply: https://blueorigin.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/BlueOrigin/0/refreshFacet/318c8bb6f553100021d223d9780d30be

Other companies are also putting in a bid for human lunar landers

It is worth reading the text and the amendments:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5666/text

As well as watching the markup session.

And it is also worth reading Jim Bridenstine’s response to the bill: https://blogs.nasa.gov/bridenstine/2020/01/27/nasa-authorization-bill-update/

The bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law. But it gets things off on a wrong foot. Please write your representative, senators, and the people on the Science committee.

We then talked about the 2020 Space Communicator program

And Adam Hawkins gave his first speech.

He received a “2020 Space Communicator Candidate” certificate

Then we rearranged the room for group discussion on “Why Space” from Robert Zubrin’s “A Case for Space”

February 1, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – Discussion “Why Explore Space”

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

The meeting will be on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

We will have a group discussion to look into the question “Why Explorer Space”. We will be using the 2nd part of Robert Zubrin’s book “The Case for Space” to guide the discussion. Each section will be lead by one of our members. Come even if you have not read the book. (But you will get more out of it if you do.)


Meetings open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS 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. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Summary of January 4, 2020 Meeting – Lunar Gateway – John Diiorio

We started the meeting by looking at where we are right now. What is the alignment of the planets. TheSkyLive.com shows the configuration of the solar system at this point in time. It is good for us to develop an intuitive sense of the solar system that we wish to go explore and expand to.

The orbits of Jupiter and Saturn are much, much bigger than the orbits of mars and the earth. Also, right now, Saturn and Jupiter are behind the sun and are not visible. in another 3-4 months, it will be possible to see them at night as the earth moves over to the same side of the sun. And in about 6 months time they will be visible high overhead at night as they are in complete opposition.

The moon is only half lit up at night. Right near the terminator (where the light changes to dark) the shadows of the craters helps to see the relative heights.

We used to have only an earth central view of the universe. And since we all live here, this view still resonates with us. But we must keep in mind that this is a very limiting and inaccurate view of the solar system.

This meeting was our third Januar meeting. Our first meeting was January 6, 2018.


And we have many things in store for 2020 including:

We the looked at some recent space news. How many launches since our last meeting on December 14, 2019?

8

For the year China (34) had the most launches, and with the inclusion of RocketLabs (6), the US (21 + 6) came in second, followed by Russia (25).

And we reflected that there are 1822 days till the end of 2024. This is when NASA will put the first woman and the next man on the moon as part of the Artemis program. Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator, and Doug Loverro, the Associate Administrator of Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate are both strongly committed to making it happen. Vice President Mike Pence said that if the current contractors are not up to it, then lets get contractors who can. It was great to see this update from Jim Bridenstine on New Years day:

Then John Diiorio went through the details of the Lunar Gateway.

After John’s presentation, we talked about the 2020 Space Communicators program. This gives an opportunity for each of us to contribute to the meeting by giving three speeches. Participants that successfully do this in 2020 will receive a personalized trophy to commemorate their efforts.

We are going to have 2 workshops between the next meeting to help people with their speeches. Feel free to stop by even if you are not giving a speech to encourage and help others.

Loosely structured meeting to help you with your speeches.  We can help you come up with ideas, create an outline, review your speech and offer feedback, help you put together a PowerPoint presentation, give you a chance to practice. 

Monday, January 13, 2020 – 7PM – 9PM – Barbara Bush Library

Monday, January 27, 2020 – 7PM – 9PM – Barbara Bush Library

Barbara Brown was visiting for the first time and she won the drawing for the space shuttle mug.

Gil won the drawing for the Falcon Heavy landing poster.

After the meeting people stuck around for informal conversations.

Our next meeting is February 1, 2020 at 2PM at Barbara Bush Library. We will be having a group discussion into the question “Why explore space”. We will be basing the discussion the second part of Robert Zubrin’s Book “The Case for Space”.

See you there!

Summary of December 14, 2019 Meeting – Guest Speaker: Trent Martin – Intuitive Machines

Chapter president, Nathan Price, started by giving an update on space events since the last meeting.


The pin is updated daily with the number of days remaining to achieve the goal of landing the first woman on the moon by December 31, 2024. He explained it at the recent briefing at Artemis day.

But that is about to change! Trent Martin from Intuitive Machines described the Nova-C lander that will land on the moon in 2021.

He also explain that the “C” in Nova-C is for 100kg, and that they are working on a Nova-D (500kg capacity) and a Nova-M (1000kg capacity).

The Nova-C is the only spacecraft that is being built in the Houston Area. They do tests at Ellington Field.

check out the video on the Intuitive Machines website that illustrates how the mission will work:

https://www.intuitivemachines.com/lunarlander

We also announced the “2020 Space Communicators Program”

And we look forward to having more people speaking about space at our meetings in 2020 as a result of it.

We also gave out a number of door prizes.

Announced the January 4th meeting.

And took a group photo with Trent, which we will have displayed in our Launch/Landing party in 2021 to celebrate Nova-C’s successful mission.

Summary of November 2, 2019 Meeting – Tom Rowan – Apollo 11 Engineer and Yash Chandramouli – Matthew Isakowitz Fellow

We started the meeting with Tom Rowan. He had worked on the actuator for the radar disk on the Apollo lander. He also worked on the arm for the Mars Viking missions. And he has had a multi-decade career in engineering.

Yash Chandramouli shared information about the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship program. He is a MS/PhD student studying Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.  His research interests include spacecraft formation-flying, reinforcement learning, and spacecraft pose estimation from images. The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program made an immense impact on his life and career path and he is excited to talk about his experience!  

-Matthew Isakowitz was an extraordinary young man whose passion for opening the commercial space frontier was only matched by his kindness and generosity to those around him. -Despite leaving us far too soon, Matthew’s contributions left an outsized impact on the space community. Finding inspiration in Carl Sagan’s words, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,”

-Matthew began exercising his passion in high school by serving on the XPRIZE Foundation during the flight of SpaceShipOne, the first privately piloted spacecraft. -In college, Matthew worked on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto at the Applied Physics Lab, -human space travel at Space Adventures, -and the Dragon capsule at SpaceX.

-Matthew’s career took flight as Associate Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which contributed to the transformation of commercial space pioneers—such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic—into the notable players they are today. -Afterwards, Matthew continued to push humanity’s frontiers as an entrepreneur and engineer at Planetary Resources and Astranis. -Matthew was granted early acceptance to Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.  He also earned a Masters Degree in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University.  -Matthew was a warm, compassionate, and generous person, who loved life to the fullest and whose enthusiasm for commercial space exploration inspired everyone who knew him.

Both speakers received a Ecosphere.

A little about the Ecospheres: Like the earth, it is a self-contained world. There are shrimp and algae living in a mutually dependent cycle. The shrimp eat the algae and produce waste and carbon-dioxide that the algae then use to grow and produce oxygen that help the shrimp. As long as it receives the right amount of sunlight at the right temperatures, the process will continue.

The earth is a much bigger, more complicated system. But both systems are very contained. The shrimp will forever be trapped to their container. But the people of earth might be able to expand and branch out from this small world. And if we do, it will be because of efforts like our speakers Tom and Yash.

Thank you for all that you do!

We also had a few door prizes that were given out based upon a random drawing.

January 4, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: John Diiorio – LaGrange and Lunar Halo Orbit Space Station Designs

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

The meeting will be on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

John Diiorio will be discussing several possible space stations designs for LaGrange and Lunar halo orbits, including their size, shape, stability, reliability and more.

Mr. DiIorio has a Mechanical Engineering degree in power, propulsion, and energy plus a diploma in Quality and Reliability Engineering. He has presented at professional societies including ASQ and NOMADS, and also at NSS,NASA Lunch and Learns at JCS, NASA JSC ATS (Annual Technology Symposium), and outreach events at GRB convention center and NRG center in Houston. Also, he lectures and supports school provided STEM conferences to encourage students to participate in science fairs and to start STEM college careers.

Meetings open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS 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. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

December 14, 2019 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Trent Martin from Intuitive Machines

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

The meeting will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

Our guest speaker will be Trent Martin, Vice President of Aerospace Services for Intuitive Machines. Intuitive Machines is one of 9 companies selected by NASA to deliver payloads to the surface of the moon as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). Intuitive Machines is one of two companies are currently working under an active task order and plans to land their Nova-C Lunar Lander in 2021.

Trent Martin has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and a MBA from the University of Houston in Clear Lake. He has served in a variety of positions at Lockheed Martin including as Structures Engineer, Project Manager, Contract Capture Manager. He has worked at NASA in many roles including Manufacturing Manager and Assistant Director for Advanced Development Projects.

Meetings open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS 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. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Nov. 2, 2019 – Monthly Meeting – featuring Tom Rowan – Apollo 11 Engineer and Yash Chandramouli – Matthew Isakowitz Fellow

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

Our November 2, 2018 meeting will be at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

We will have Tom Rowan come speak to us. He designed the actuator for the radar disc on the Lunar Lander used on Apollo 11 which landed Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon on July 24, 1969.  He also invented the hermetically sealed DC motors that were used by the NASA Viking Lander on Mars in 1976.  And he has over 50 years of engineering experience. 

And we will also have Yash Chandramouli come talk to us about the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship. He is a MS/PhD student studying Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.  His research interests include spacecraft formation-flying, reinforcement learning, and spacecraft pose estimation from images.

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program made an immense impact on his life and career path and he is excited to talk about his experience!  

If you are a college junior, college senior, or graduate student who intends to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry, then you should apply before the December 2, 2019 deadline: https://www.matthewisakowitzfellowship.org/apply

Meetings open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS 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. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/