Letter From the Executive Director #1.4

Letter From the Executive Director #1.4

December and early January were big months for the Space Frontier Foundation and the NewSpace movement. The Overview Institute premiered a movie at Harvard University, both Teachers in Space and our Conference had major develoments, and both Bigelow and XCOR had major announcements.

Our Teachers in Space project announced the winner of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) International Space Station Experiment Contest. Congratulations to West Shore Junior/Senior High School and their experiment A Study of How Microgravity Affects the Activity of Enzymes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using the Model of Papain and Gelatin. They have also opened registration for their summer workshops in Space Medicine and Human Factors. See here for more details.

Our Conference, NewSpace 2013, opened registration in late November. See here for significant discounts on registration, and be aware: it is a great opportunity to get your name in front of a great audience by being a sponsor or exhibitor.

There were two major related events that were incredible this month! Bigelow Aerospace announced that NASA has agreed to host one of their modules on the International Space Station (ISS) and XCOR announced that Axe Body Spray is sponsoring a contest for flights on the Lynx with their Apollo Space Academy promotion. We see both of these as amazing endorsements of NewSpace. To see a major consumer products brand, like Unilever, to embrace NewSpace and engagement with space is an amazing and humbling step.

Golden Spike announced their company launch earlier this year. It is a bold effort to provide human access to the moon for governments around the world. We do not know where this is going, but it is the kind of amazing vision that the NewSpace movement enables.

We also want to congratulate our Co-Founder, Rick Tumlinson, on the launch of his new company Deep Space Industries. Good luck to them, as well.