Meeting Minutes – October Meeting

Meeting Minutes – 10/8/17 – NSS Seattle & Mars Society – Red Barn Classroom

# of attendees: 15 overall (3 new) of which 4 were Mars Society members (1 new from

Dave Stuart began the meeting by discussing the upcoming space-related events at the Museum of Flight (MOF) including a talk next week by Astrobiology students and a talk about the DAWN mission.

Brief mention of the locations where events are posted: NSS Seattle eList, Our Universe Seattle meetup, and NSS Seattle & Mars Society Seattle FB pages.

The Economist is holding a space summit on November 9th at MOF but it is very expensive (~$1200).  There are ways to get a 10% or 20% discount.

We watched the National Space Council introduction speech by Mike Pence and had a discussion about the Council, since this will likely “color” everything else for the next couple years.  All of us are curious to see what the budget/plan will be and how Congress will react.

Chris Vancil showed some of the recent mission photos from Juno and Cassini, as well as the Boeing CST-100 designs and the comparisons between Boeing CST-100, Orion, SpaceX Crew Dragon (v2), and the Apollo capsule.

Dr. Pano Churchill spoke about his new space startup which will be building a “space tow truck” called the USS Ptolemy.  It will be a “simple tow truck between Earth & Moon, useful and humble”.  Dave Stuart echoed the need for space tugs that have been discussed at this meeting over the years, and how many satellites are fully functional but stuck in the wrong orbit, or could be moved to a newer one providing huge value.

Open floor discussion about the following topics:

– More on the National Space Council

– NASA Education budget

– Spaceflight company here in Seattle working on Cubesats

– STEM events that are at MOF.

– Recent Rocket Launches

– Space Frontier Foundation – will they have a conference in Seattle?  They committed to alternate between SF and Seattle but it has not yet been scheduled.

– NASA Hackathon – will they do another one in Seattle?  Several in the room would be interested in helping organizate & participate, but we didn’t know the contact info of the person who organized the last one.  “Hackathons are about results & solving engineering problems, not just talking about them (like conferences).”

– What are the two 2 projects in the next 5 years that you want to see succeed?  National Space Council, NASA having a budget, Elon Musk’s BFR, Humans to Mars.

Next Month:

– Larry James is proposing to do a presentation on VR.

– James Burk will speak about the Mars Society conference and some of the current initiatives of the Mars Society including HP’s Mars Home Planet, the MDRS, and the Internet Task Force (which James leads).

– There may be 1-2 other speakers depending on their availability.

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