Summary of September 4, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Featured Speaker: Dr. Amelia Greig – Ablative Arc Mining for In-Situ Resource Utilization

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 September 21-23, 2021 – NASA INNOVATIVE ADVANCED CONCEPTS (NIAC) – 2021 Symposium – Online – Free streaming – https://www.nasa.gov/content/niac-symposium

Rice Space Institute

  • Friday September 17, 2021: Professor Patricia Reiff, Rice University” -Space@Rice: a personal history of space research at Rice”
  • Thursday October 21, 2021: Professor Kris Lehnhardt, MD Baylor College of Medicine “Please state the nature of the medical emergency: preparing for medicine on Mars”
  • Thursday November 11: Stephen Altemus, CEO Intuitive Machines – “How to Land on the Moon in 30 Months for Less than $100M“

September 24-27, 2021 – 7th Interstellar Symposium – Hybrid – Tucson, AZ and Online – https://Irg.space

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 2-4PM (Hybrid) – Featured Speaker: Ellena Hyeji Joo – “Into the Unknown” -Human Exploration in the True Space Age http://NorthHoustonSpace.org

October 16, 2021 – Observe the Moon – https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/

October 4 – 10: World Space Week – https://www.worldspaceweek.org/

Saturday, September 4, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM US Central – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Dr. Amelia Greig – Ablative Arc Mining for In-Situ Resource Utilization

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with 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, September 4, 2021 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Agenda:

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Ablative Arc Mining for In-Situ Resource Utilization – Dr. Amelia Greig – UTEP Aerospace Center
3:30 PM – Q&A
3:45 PM -Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Ablative Arc Mining for In-Situ Resource Utilization

As space exploration expands to include human expeditions to the surfaces of other solar system bodies, sustainable in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) infrastructures to harvest local resources for water, building materials, and propellants must be developed. Water is the most critical component in the near-term and is therefore the focus of many studies. However, being able to mine other resources with the same system will become critical in the future. A good mining system should therefore encompass extraction and collection of water in parallel with as many other local materials as possible. Ablating surface material using electric arcs creates free ionized particles that can be sorted by mass into material groups and transported to a relevant collector by electromagnetic fields. Collectors specific to each material type are used in parallel to enable maximum collection efficiencies and storage conditions for retention. The ionizing ablation arc, electromagnetic transport and sorting, and collector modules are housed within a mobile surface crawler, potentially leading to diverse, efficient, and wide-coverage in-situ resource utilization for human space exploration.

About Dr. Amelia Greig

Dr. Amelia Greig is an assistant professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP), where she leads the Aerospace Center’s electric propulsion and small satellite programs. More recently, her work has expanded to include applying electric propulsion and plasma techniques to improve lunar mining technologies. In 2021, Dr. Greig was named a Phase I NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow
for her innovative work into ablative arc mining for in-situ resource utilization.


Originally from Tasmania, Australia, Dr. Greig completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Physics at the University of Adelaide and completed her Ph.D. in Plasma Physics at The Australian National University. She also spent a year as a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the applied plasma physics group. Prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Greig was an assistant professor in Aerospace Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and faculty advisor for the Cal Poly Cube Sat Lab where the CubeSat standard was first developed.


Outside of work Dr. Greig is a competitive Scottish Highland dancer that has competed at events around the World and performed in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. She also plays and umpires field hockey, has recently started learning Kung Fu San Soo, and enjoys exploring America’s National and State Parks on her motorbike.

About the Meeting

Meetings are 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/

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM US Central – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Gitika Gorthi – Ignited Thinkers

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with 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, August 7, 2021 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Gitika Gorthi – IgnitedThinkers.org
3:30 PM – Q&A
3:45 PM -Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Gitika Gorthi – Ignited Thinkers

Gitika will talk about her journey founding IgnitedThinkers, aerospace medicine research she conducted, future outlook on IgnitedThinkers and possible career paths people can choose that have an interest in space other than being an astronaut.


Gitika Gorthi is a rising senior attending Chantilly High School in Northern Virginia and is the Founder/CEO of IgnitedThinkers (www.ignitedthinkers.org). Gitika founded IgnitedThinkers in 8th-grade to spread space education to all and breaking industry stereotypes to make the space ecosystem more diverse and accessible. Gitika is an aspiring astronaut and aerospace physician. She does aerospace medicine research with the Baylor College of Medicine and Brown University, a NASA Ames Center 2021 GeneLab intern, and a rocketry enthusiast working towards her high-powered rocket license.

About the Meeting

Meetings are 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/

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM US Central – ONLINE – Technology Needs and Innovations for Space Exploration – Dr. Kumar Krishen

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with 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, July10, 2021 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

(Our meetings are usually the first Saturday of the month except for July (4th of July), December (library open house), and January (New Years). During January, July, December, the meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of the month.)

Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Technology Needs and Innovations for Space Exploration – Dr. Kumar Krishen
3:30 PM – Q&A
3:45 PM -Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting


About the Our Featured Speaker: Dr. Kumar Krishen

Dr. Kumar Krishen holds the appointment of Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston, USA, Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Amity University Haryana, India, and Honorary Professor at the Delhi Technological University, India. His academic degrees are from Kansas State University (Ph.D. and M.S.-Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu & Sigma Xi honors), Calcutta University (M. Tech and B. Tech- Gold &   Silver Medals), and Jammu and Kashmir University (B.A.- Highest Univ. Merit) in electronics, electrical engineering, radio physics, physics, and mathematics.  Dr. Krishen taught and guided research at Kansas State University before joining Lockheed in 1969 as Staff Scientist.  Dr. Krishen was with NASA from February 1976 to September 2018 and held key positions in Advanced Programs in Earth Observations, Science Payloads, Experiment Systems, Tracking & Communications, Mission Support, New Initiatives, Exploration Integration and Science and technology research and development.  Dr. Krishen has served as Chief Technologist for Johnson Space Center (JSC) and represented JSC as the Principal Technologist on the NASA Council on Science and Technology. 

Dr. Krishen served at Virginia Tech as University Fellow for Technology Transfer, Office of Special Initiatives, and Visiting Professor on a special NASA assignment.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor at Rice University. Authoring more than 170 technical papers/reports/proceedings, Dr. Krishen is a Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), Fellow and Distinguished Speaker of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), and an Assoc. Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Krishen is listed in Who is Who in the World, Who is Who in America, Who is Who in Science and Technology, Men of Achievement, Personalities of America, and 2000 Outstanding People of the 20th Century and was commissioned “Honorary Texan” by Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2001. Dr. Krishen is the recipient of many awards and honors from universities, industry, and NASA including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.  Dr. Krishen was nominated by Governor George W. Bush and confirmed by the State Senate of Texas to the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists in 1999 and continued to serve on this Board under Governor Perry’s administration till 2011. 

About the Meeting

Meetings are 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/

Saturday, June 5, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM US Central – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Mahsa Esfandabadi – Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA)

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with 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, June 5, 2021 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Mahsa Esfandabadi – Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA)
3:30 PM – Q&A
3:45 PM -Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

SICSA BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

The Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) is a unique research, design, and teaching entity that sponsors and directs the world’s only MS-Space Architecture program. The organization was founded in 1987 with a $3 million endowment gift provided by Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation Chairman Ryoichi Sasakawa, the largest foreign gift ever received by the University of Houston. SICSA’s central mission is to plan and implement programs that will advance peaceful and beneficial uses of space and space technology on Earth and beyond. Many of these activities address extreme terrestrial environments. SICSA is internationally recognized for its leadership in the field of space architecture. Numerous SICSA graduates have embarked upon productive and successful careers in government and corporate aerospace organizations worldwide. 

About the Speaker:

Mahsa Esfandabadi is a SICSA graduate of 2020, a previous research assistant at Dr. Olga Bannova’s lab. Now she is on the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC-AIAA) education board following her earlier experiences as a university professor. She will present SICSA’s student projects about human-centered structures in orbit, on the surface of the moon and Mars, or far and beyond. 

About the Meeting

Meetings are 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/

Saturday, May 1, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – – Featured Speaker: Ben Huset – China’s Space Program

Presentations:

Additional Resources Referenced in Presentations

  • Where is Mars Perseverance Now? https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/
  • Serenity https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303461/
  • Fire Arrows https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huolongjing
  • Siege of Kaifeng (Bianjing) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_siege_of_Kaifeng
  • Qian Xuesen钱学森 (Father of Modern Chinese Rocketry) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qian_Xuesen
  • Expanse MCRN Xuesen: https://expanse.fandom.com/wiki/Xuesen
  • Dong Fang Hong 1 – DFH-1 1970-34A NRAD #4382 https://www.space-track.org/
  • Fanhui Shi Weixing (recoverable test satellite) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanhui_Shi_Weixing
  • 2016 White paper on China’s Space Activities http://english.www.gov.cn/archive/white_paper/2016/12/28/content_281475527159496.htm
  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs – Space For The Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/space4sdgs/index.html

Saturday, May 1, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM US Central – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Ben Huset – China’s Space Program

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with 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, May 1, 2021 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Tentative Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – China’s Space Program – Ben Huset
3:30 PM – Q&A
3:45 PM -Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

About our Featured Speaker: Ben Huset

Ben is a lifelong promoter of space travel and space technology, through such organizations as:
* Minnesota Space Frontier Society as Exec Dir.,
* MN Astronomical Society as President,
* National Space Society as Regional Director,
* Mars Society as 4 time MDRS crew member,
* Moon Society as a MDRS crew member,
* MarsCon as two time Con Chair, 23x Science Room Director and regular speaker,
* MiniCon as 15x Science Room Director and frequent speaker,
* ConVergence as 12x Science Room Director and frequent speaker. He has worked for decades in IT, including working for NASA and FAA contractors. When not behind a keyboard and mouse, he can usually be found behind a camera. Ben has taken hundreds of thousands of pictures of local and other events. His pictures can be found on his Facebook page as well as web sites of those events he photographs. He has a private pilot’s license and amateur radio license. He is also involved in local independent short films production in MN.

About the Meeting

Meetings are 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/