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