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/

Summary of October 5, 2019 Meeting

We had a wonderful October meeting at the Barbara Bush Library.

Nathan Price, chapter founder and president, introduced himself:

And shared the Vision of the National Space Society (NSS):

He also shared recent space news. There were 7 launches since the last meeting (https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-log/):

October 3, 2019 – NASA astronaut Nick Hague, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United Arab Emirates space agency astronaut Hazza AlMansoori return safely to earth in a  Russian Soyuz MS-12 capsule from the International Space Stations (ISS).

Intuitive Machines announced that they would use a SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2021 to launch their Nova-C lunar lander

We are excited about the progress that Intuitive Machines is making. And we look forward to our December 14, 2019 meeting when Trent Martin, VP of Aerospace Services will be speaking to our chapter.

We also talked about Elon Musk’s starship update:

And we look forward to the great things coming up. In a couple of months Starship Mk 1 will travel to 20kms. In 6 months it achieves orbit. And then in 2023 the DearMoon project to send a group of artists around the moon.

The Anastasia Prosina shared with us the projects she is working on in Space Architecture.

Master student of Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston, will give a talk on why space architecture is a critical point in any space mission. She will cover projects she has been involved in, in particular, a Mars Analog Habitat commissioned by Mars Society.

Afterwards Mallesh Maharana shared his weightless experience

We also covered some upcoming events:

October 5, 2019 https://moon.nasa.gov/observe

World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is the largest space event on Earth.

“The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars.”

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution,
6 December 1999

https://www.WorldSpaceWeek.org/

Thank you, Anastasia and Mallesh for sharing your knowledge and experience. They each received an Ecosphere.

We also had a few drawings.

Next Meeting Saturday, October 5, 2019, 2 PM – Space Architecture with Anastasia Prosina

Join us at Barbara Bush Library Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 2PM.

Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come learn about Space Architecture, the NASA High School Aerospace Scholar’s program, and what it is like to experience weightlessness. Hear about the latest news in space and discuss with other interested people.

Featured Speaker: Anastasia Prosina
Master student of Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston, will give a talk on why space architecture is a critical point in any space mission. She will cover projects she has been involved in, in particular, a Mars Analog Habitat commissioned by Mars Society.

Also speaking: Mallesh Maharana
As the winner of the 2018 Space Vacation Contest, he was able to experience weightlessness on a ZERO-G flight. (Scott Kelly also was on that flight)

Notice for all High School Juniors. NASA High School Aerospace Scholar’s program – Applications due October 23, 2019 More info at: https://nas.okstate.edu/has/

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/

Next Meeting, Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 2PM – Barbara Bush Library – Featured Speaker: Carl Carruthers, Jr. – Chief Scientist, Nanoracks LLC

Join us at Barbara Bush Library Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 2PM. (Note that our meeting times have change.)

Our featured speaker is Carl Carruthers, Jr., Chief Scientist at NanoRacks LLC.

Dr. Carruthers is the Chief Scientist for the commercial space services provider NanoRacks. In this multifaceted role, he works directly with client researchers to assist in designing their microgravity projects, and acts as a liaison between principal investigators and NanoRacks technical staff over the course of their projects. Dr. Carruthers also provides inputs on NanoRacks science hardware design and meeting the future needs of microgravity researchers.
Dr. Carruthers received his B.S. in Chemistry at Florida Atlantic University and M.S. in Biochemistry and BioPhysics at Texas A&M University. As a researcher in the lab of Dr. John Baxter at The Houston Methodist Research Institute, he studied the structure and function of nuclear receptors and their co-regulators. During this time he also completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry under Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson at The University of Houston’s Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling. Dr. Carruthers has been the PI of multiple microgravity experiments on reduced gravity aircraft, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.
When not chasing rockets, Dr. Carruthers can be found flying, backpacking, mountain climbing, or discovering other ways to escape gravity.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-carruthers-jr/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/payloadwrangler

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

Summary of August 3, 2019 Meeting

August 3, 2019 was one of our most well-attended meetings yet. Nathan gave an overview of the NSS and a recap of some of the space events since the last meeting. Then our featured speaker Anima Sabale journey of exploring her dream of becoming an astronaut. (Read a summary of Anima’s presentation here.) We closed the meeting with a drawing for Lego Apollo Lunar lander.

Now is an amazing time to be involved in space. Launches that used to happen months apart are now happening multiple times a week. There were 10 launches since the last meeting.

•July 10, 2019 – Soyuz 2-1v – Kosmos 2535-2538 – 4 Russian Military Satellites
•July 10, 2019 – Arianespace Vega rocket – UAE Surveillance Satellite (failed) •July 13, 2019 – Proton – Spektr-RG – X-ray telescope
•July 20, 2019 –  Soyuz – ISS 59S – 3 astronauts to the ISS
(Andrew “Drew” Morgan (NASA), Luca Parmitano (ESA), Alexander Skvortsov (Roscosmos))
•July 22, 2019 – GSLV Mk.3 – Chandrayaan 2 – India’s second mission to the moon.
•July 25, 2019 – Hyperbola 1 • Multi-payload – i-Space, a commercial space company in China – launches several small payloads including CAS-7B amateur radio satellite
•July 25, 2019 – Falcon 9 – SpaceX CRS 18 – supplies to the ISS
•July 25, 2019 – Long March 2C – Yaogan 30-05 – surveillance satellites for the Chinese military •July 30, 2019 – Soyuz – Meridian – communications satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense.
•July 31, 2019 – Soyuz – Progress 73P – Supplies to the ISS
(See SpaceFlight Now’s launch log for details about these and other launches: https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-log/ )

The Planetary Society Announces LightSail 2 is a Success (
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/lightsail-2-successful-flight-by-light.html )

The Planetary Society’s ligthsail was launched on a Falcon Heavy as part of the STP-2 Mission.
“The STP-2 multi-manifest (rideshare) launch will demonstrate the capabilities of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle and provide critical data supporting certification for future National Security Space Launch (NSSL) missions. In addition, SMC will use this mission as a pathfinder for the development of mission assurance policies and procedures related to the reuse of launch vehicle boosters. The STP-2 payloads are assembled from a host of mission partners including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), DoD research laboratories, and university research projects. STP-2 provides a unique space access opportunity for DoD and inter-agency science and technology missions that directly enhance the space capabilities of the U.S. and its allies and partners.”
https://www.spacex.com/stp-2

SpaceX performs a free-flying hopper test of StarHopper. This is a key test of the SpaceX Starship which will be able to carry more than 100 people into space at a time. There will be more tests later this year with orbital test flights as early as next year.

The StarShip will revolutionize space travel. It may be hard to truly understand how transformational this will be. But there is something in our past that can help.

Imagine being in the age when airplanes looked like this:

Image result for barnstormers

Only carried a single person, didn’t fly so far, maybe wasn’t too safe. Imagine now that I try to convince you that you will be able to get on a plane in Houston, pay only $1,000 and be in Tokyo in less than 14 hours. Imagine how you might dismiss this idea.

But then I show you this:

Image result for 747

You will be like “of course the air transportation system will develop into what we have today.”. Well, the starship, 100% reusable, most power rocket built, and cheapest to launch rocket ever will change space transportation (and earth transportation) in a similar way.

SpaceX will be flying a group around the moon in 2023.


https://dearmoon.earth/

She talked about her experience with HERA (Human Exploration and Research Analog).
HERA is a unique three-story habitat designed to serve as an analog for isolation, confinement, and remote conditions in exploration scenarios. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/analogs/hera/
You can also volunteer for a mission: https://herastudy.jsc.nasa.gov/

Anima had also participated in Project Possum (https://projectpossum.org/ )

Project PoSSUM operates several programs including:

Anima also participated in a simulation at the Mars Desert Research Station operated by the MarsSociety
http://mdrs.marssociety.org/

The audience was amazed by her experiences.

Connect with Anima on social media to learn more as she continues her journey.

Website: https://animapatilsabale.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/animasabale/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animpatilsabale/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnimaOnTwit
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astroanima/?hl=en

Thank you Anima for speaking to our group.

And we had a drawing for a Lego Apollo Lunar Lander.

Summary August 3, 2019 Monthly Meeting – Anima Sabale

August 3, 2019 was one of our most well-attended meetings yet. Nathan gave an overview of the NSS and a recap of some of the space events since the last meeting (read more here).
Then our featured speaker Anima Sabale shared her journey of exploring her dream of becoming an astronaut.
We closed the meeting with a drawing for Lego Apollo Lunar lander.

She talked about her experience with HERA (Human Exploration and Research Analog).
HERA is a unique three-story habitat designed to serve as an analog for isolation, confinement, and remote conditions in exploration scenarios. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/analogs/hera/
You can also volunteer for a mission: https://herastudy.jsc.nasa.gov/

Anima had also participated in Project Possum (https://projectpossum.org/ )

Project PoSSUM operates several programs including:

Anima also participated in a simulation at the Mars Desert Research Station operated by the MarsSociety
http://mdrs.marssociety.org/

The audience was amazed by her experiences.

Connect with Anima on social media to learn more as she continues her journey.

Website: https://animapatilsabale.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/animasabale/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animpatilsabale/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnimaOnTwit
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astroanima/?hl=en

Thank you Anima for speaking to our group.

And we had a drawing for a Lego Apollo Lunar Lander.

Upcoming Launches and Big Events and Space Events Around Houston (August 2019)

(Launch information is from https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/)

LAUNCH: August 5, 2019 – Proton • Blagovest No. 14L- A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage will launch the Blagovest No. 14L communications satellite to cover Russian territory and provide high-speed Internet, television and radio broadcast, and voice and video conferencing services for Russian domestic and military users.

LAUNCH: August 5, 2019 – 4:52 PM Central – SpaceX Falcon 9 launch – Amos-17 – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 17 communications satellite. Built by Boeing and owned by Spacecom Ltd. of Israel, Amos 17 will provide high-throughput broadband connectivity and other communications services over Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  (SpaceX Reddit Group: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/cjaawx/amos17_launch_campaign_thread/   will be live streamed on SpaceX’s website: https://www.spacex.com/webcast)

LAUNCH: August 6, 2019 – Ariane 5 • Intelsat 39 & EDRS-C – Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA249, to launch the Intelsat 39 and EDRS-C communications satellites. Built by SSL, the Intelsat 39 satellite will replace Intelsat 902 and provide broadband networking and video distribution services in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, plus broadband connectivity for mobile users in the Indian Ocean region. The EDRS-C satellite, built by OHB System AG, will be the second node in the European Data Relay System, a network developed by the European Space Agency and Airbus Defense and Space providing high-speed laser communications links between low-orbiting satellites and ground stations. EDRS-C also carries a hosted steerable Ka-band communications payload named Hylas 3 for Avanti Communications.

LAUNCH: August 8, 2019 – Atlas 5 • AEHF 5 – A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

EVENT: August 9, 2019 (Friday) – 7:00 PM – Space Center Houston – Free Event – “The Future of Spaceflight” Panel discussion featuring NASA Orion Program manager Mark Kirasich, Lockheed Martin VP & Orion program manager Mike Hawes and NASA Gateway Program deputy manager Lara Kearney (https://spacecenter.org/event/thought-leader-series/

EVENT: August 9, 2019 – 7:30 PM Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society presents “Apollo 11 at 50” (Auditorium of the USRA bldg. (3600 Bay Area Blvd. at Middlebrook Dr.) (http://jscas.net)

EVENT: August 10, 2019 – 8PM – Discovery Green – The Houston Astronomical Society will host a star party in the heart of Space City. Volunteers from HAS will be on-hand with telescopes to show off the moon, other planets in the solar system, various deep-sky objects, and maybe even the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. (https://www.discoverygreen.com/1619289)

TEST: August 12, 2019 – Boca Chica, TX – StarHopper 200 meter hop.  (keep an eye on SpaceX reddit group: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/cjzhw0/starhopper_200m_hop_is_net_august_12/)

EVENT: August 13, 2019 – 7PM-9PM – Houston Museum of Natural Science – Space City Weather, What Makes Houston Forecasting Unique by Eric Berger & Matt Lanza (http://store.hmns.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=4419)  Eric Berger is also a space reporter and has some wonderful articles published at https://arstechnica.com/author/ericberger/)

EVENT: August 13-14, 2019 – NASA Cost and Schedule Symposium (registration is Closed, but looks like an interesting professional event around cost/schedule estimation and planning that happens annually that might be good to attend next year).  More information on their website.  https://www.nasa.gov/offices/ocfo/cost_symposium

EVENT: August 16, 2019 – 6PM-9PM – Kaboom Books 3116 Houston Ave) Space Poetry and Wine (http://shenge.us/)

LAUNCH: August – Rockot • Geo-IK 2 – A Russian government Rockot vehicle with a Breeze KM upper stage will launch a GEO-IK 2 spacecraft. The satellite is designed to survey Earth to measure variations in the gravitational field and study other geodetic features of the planet.

LAUNCH: August – Long March 3B • Apstar 6D – A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch with the Apstar 6D communications spacecraft for APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., a communications satellite operator based in Hong Kong. Built by the China Academy of Space Technology, Apstar 6D will provide broadband Internet services across the Asia-Pacific region for aviation, maritime and land-based users.

LAUNCH: August 21 – Soyuz – ISS 60S – Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to the International Space Station on a test flight without a crew on-board. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration, and will demonstrate the compatibility of the Soyuz spacecraft with the newer Soyuz-2 rocket variant before approving the launcher for future crewed missions.

EVENT: August 22, 2019 – 11AM-1PM – Ballroom at Bayou Place (500 Texas St.) – Downtown Rotary Club of Houston will host Johnson Space Center (JSC) Director Mark S. Geyer, astronaut Randolph “Komrade” Bresnik, and Apollo Astronaut, and fellow Downtown Rotary Club of Houston member, Walter Cunningham will also be honored. (https://bit.ly/2GIPfhS)

LAUNCH: August 22 – Delta 4 • GPS 3 SV02 – A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s second third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. The Air Force previously planned to launch the third GPS 3-series satellite on this mission. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters.

EVENT: August 24 – Boca Chica, TX – Elon Musk Presents an update on the Starship Project (keep an eye on the SpaceX Reddit group for update: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/  (https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/elon-musk-will-update-the-status-of-starship-development-on-august-24/)

APPLICATION OPENS: August 28, 2019 – NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars – Applications Open for Spring-Summer 2020 – (https://nas.okstate.edu/ncas/)

EVENT: August 31, 2019 – 4:30PM – Space Center Houston – Family Campout – https://www.facebook.com/events/1213869752100113/

EVENT: September 1, 2019 – 7PM – Cafe Express (3800 SW Freeway, Houston, TX) – Fantasy/Sci Fi Book Club – Tau Zero (Poul Anderson) – https://www.meetup.com/houston-fantasy-scifi-bookclub/events/263231622/

EVENT: September 6, 2019 – 6:30 PM – Houston Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting (https://www.astronomyhouston.org/events)

LANDING: September 7, 2019 – Chandrayaan 2 Lands on the moon

EVENT: September 7, 2019 – 3PM – Barbara Bush Library – NSS North Houston Space Society monthly meeting (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org)

EVENTs: October 4-10, 2019 – World Space Week (http://WorldSpaceWeek.org)

DEADLINE: November 12, 2019 – Deadline for Brooke Owens Fellowship (http://www.brookeowensfellowship.org)

EVENT: November 15-16 – Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, TX – New Worlds Conference – (http://earthlightfoundation.org/newworlds/)

EVENT: December 9-12, 2019 – First International Orbital Debris Conference – Sugar Land Marriott Town Square (https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/orbitaldebris2019/)

EVENT: January 19-24, 2020 – Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX – Origins of Life – Challenging the Perceptions of the Requirements for Life on Earth and Other Worlds – Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 22, 2019. – (https://www.grc.org/origins-of-life-conference/2020/)

EVENT: February 11-13, 2020 – Houston, TX – The Impact of Lunar Dust on Human Exploration (https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lunardust2020/)

EVENT: February 18-21, 2020 – 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference – Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas (https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/)

EVENT: March 16-20, 2020 (The Woodlands, TX) – 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference – https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2020/

EVENT: May 28-31, 2020 – Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center – International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2020 – https://isdc2020.nss.org/

Next Meeting, Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – 3PM – Barbara Bush Library – Featured Speaker: Anima Sabale

Join us on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3PM at the Barbara Bush Library for our next NSS North Houston Space Society meeting. Our featured speaker will be Anima Sabale.

Anima Patil-Sabale is based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where she manages the Orion Spacecraft Simulations Lab. She has worked on NASA’s Kepler Mission and in NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division prior to this and has 14 years of experience in the software industry prior. Anima has been a Commander for the HERA VII mission, a 14 day Human Exploration and Research Analog at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2015. She has also been a Commander for a Mars Analog Mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in 2018, leading a crew of 5 in a study on how astronauts will live, work and survive on Mars. She has been a First Tier Support Engineer for Hi-SEAS for about 4 years. She is a Scientist-Astronaut candidate for Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and Project PHEnOM, both commercial suborbital spaceflight research programs. She has been contributing as a research subject to important astronautics research studies flying parabolas to test the performance of a commercial spacesuit in microgravity, laying in a head-down tilt position for NASA’s Simulated Microgravity Fluid Loading study, spinning in a centrifuge and pulling upto 6G’s to contribute to an important FAA commercial spaceflight study, providing inputs to NASA’s astronaut food study et. al.

Summary of July 6, 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Monthly Meeting

First off, I want to thank Greg Stanley and Dough Hall for putting together such a good June meeting.

Their presentations and more information about the meeting are available on our website: SpaceX StarLink, Skylon/SABRE, and more at the June 1, 2019 – NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting

We covered some recent space events:

SpaceX was successfully able to capture one of the payload fairings. The video from the onboard camera is stunning:

Watch the replay of the entire launch.

Partially reusable rockets are here, and they are changing the economics of getting payloads and people into space. 100% reusable rockets are right around the corner and they will change EVERYTHING!

Elon tweeted July 7” Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed.”
SpaceX targets 2021 commercial Starship launch
And don’t forget about DearMoon, the plans to use Starship to send people around the moon in 2023.

Then Nathan gave an overview of his experiences at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC).

The main focus of the presentation was about our efforts to return to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

And we have not been back since Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon on December 14, 1972.

At ISDC 2019 the NSS North Houston Space Society chapter received a “Special Merit” award for our efforts to fund and select a ZERO-G experience for a Houston area high school student.

(see Summary of February 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting – Space Infrastructure & High School Astronaut Contest for more details)

ISDC 2019 was an amazing event. And I recommend everyone plan on attending next year when ISDC is in Dallas. May 28-31, 2020
https://isdc2020.nss.org/

We also had a drawing for a Lego Lunar Module. Banu’s son won the drawing. Congratulations!

We had a great group for this meeting:

Be sure and come to our August 3, 2019 meeting. It will be at Barbara Bush Library at 3PM. Anima Sabale will be the guest speaker.