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New Redesigned Mobile-Friendly NSS Website Slated to Open April 29

Stay tuned for a new redesigned mobile-friendly NSS website. If all goes well it should open Sunday April 29. We can't pin down an exact time but it should be somewhere around noon Eastern time. Also debuting with the new website will be the new 3rd Edition (2018) of the NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement, updated from the 2nd Edition in 2012. If there is a delay we will announce it here.

National Space Society Congratulates Representative Jim Bridenstine on his Approval as NASA Administrator

(Washington, DC -- April 19, 2018)  “Representative Bridenstine is one of a growing group in Congress that fully appreciates the importance of space commerce and space resources to the human future,” said NSS Senior Vice President Bruce Pittman. “We look forward with great anticipation to working with Administrator Bridenstine to lead America back to the Moon and to develop a thriving economy in space.” See full press release.

Letter from NSS President: Looking Forward to a Wonderful International Space Development Conference

I hope you’ll be able to join me May 24-27 to experience what promises to be, through months of work by dozens of dedicated NSS volunteers, one of the best ISDCs of all time! Thomas Mueller of SpaceX “blasts off” the conference at Thursday morning’s plenary. As the Propulsion Chief Technology Officer at SpaceX, I’m hoping he’ll share some secrets about how they make those fabulous televised landings of first stage rockets come true! Jeff Bezos, the Founder and CEO of Amazon, as well as the Founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, will  join us on Friday for the evening reception and dinner.... ISDC offers a full program of fun and...you’ll be able to hear and interact with 160 great speakers. See full letter by Alice M. Hoffman, PE.

Jeff Bezos to Attend National Space Society Conference to Receive Award

The National Space Society has named Jeff Bezos its 2018 recipient of the prestigious Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy. Mr. Bezos will accept the award on Friday, May 25 at the National Space Society’s 2018 International Space Development Conference® (isdc2018.nss.org). Bruce Pittman, NSS Chief Operating Officer, said, “As the founder of space development company Blue Origin, Mr. Bezos has changed the paradigm for private investment in space development.” See full press release.

National Space Society Announcements of Awards to be Presented at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles May 24-27, 2018.

NSS invites the public to come meet, interact and learn from the awardees and attend their award ceremonies at the ISDC. Watch this space as awards are announced. Announced as of April 11:

* Jet Propulsion Laboratory Voyager Team will be presented a NSS Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering. See full press release.

* Dr. Frank Drake will be presented a NSS Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering. See full press release.

* Freeman Dyson will be presented the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award. See full press release.

* The Cassini and Huygens Teams will be presented NSS Space Pioneer Awards for Science and Engineering. See full press release.

* Sean Hargreaves, Star Trek Movie Concept Designer, will be presented the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Art. See full press release.

* NASA Astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will be presented the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Non-Legislative Government Service. See full press release.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Test Flight Brings National Space Society’s Vision of a Return to the Moon and a Spacefaring Civilization Closer

(Washington, DC -- February 7, 2018)  NSS congratulates SpaceX on the first flight of the Falcon Heavy(FH). FH opens an era of lower launch costs that will enable a wide range of new endeavors in space, including an affordable return to the Moon. “The FH will enable concept studies like the Evolvable Lunar Architecture to become a reality, allowing the U.S.A. to return to the Moon within the current NASA budget while maintaining a balanced space program, including a gapless transition to future low Earth orbit commercial space stations and robotic exploration of the solar system,” said NSS Senior Vice President Bruce Pittman. “NSS members look forward to seeing NASA join the U.S. military in making use of the commercially competitive FH, now the most capable rocket currently flying.” See full press release.

National Space Society Endorses Presidential Space Policy Directive 1: Back to the Moon to Stay

(Washington, DC -- January 2, 2018) On December 11, 2017, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD1), which called for the United States to “lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization” while working with “commercial and international partners.”

“The National Space Society worked to inform the new Administration regarding its views on space policy options over the last year, and is pleased to see that two of the Society’s recommendations have been adopted,” said Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President. Mark Hopkins, the Chair of the NSS Executive Committee, added, “NSS is pleased that Space Policy Directive 1 calls for a return to the Moon with international and commercial partners.” See full press release.

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the Return to Flight Status of SLC-40 and the Launch of CRS-13

(Washington, DC -- December 19, 2017)  The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates SpaceX and NASA on the successful launch of Commercial Resupply Services 13 (CRS-13) Falcon 9/Dragon to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:36 AM EST. “NSS members are especially excited about Made in Space’s optical fiber manufacturing facility Dragon is carrying to the ISS,” said Dale Skran, the NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. See full press release.

New Shepard Flight Brings Sub-Orbital Tourism Closer

(Washington, DC -- December 14, 2017) The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Blue Origin on the seventh New Shepard flight December 12, 2017. After reaching over 98 kilometers in height, both the booster and the capsule were successfully recovered. “Blue Origin plans to use the technology from New Shepard to build its ‘Blue Moon’ lander,” said Dale Skran, the NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. “This is a great example of pioneering private-sector technology that as part of a public-private partnership could support a USA return to the Moon as called for in Space Policy Directive 1.” On December 11, 2017, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which called for the United States to “lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization” while working with “commercial and international partners.” See full press release.

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