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By Dale Skran, NSS CEO On January 20th SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The first stage

By Bob Brodbeck Activities in the suborbital space tourism arena indicate that it is highly likely this business will finally become operational, flying paying passengers

By Dale Skran Having just written a 2020 SpaceX year in review wrap up (which included a preview of 2021), I thought it would be

By Dale Skran Given how generally terrible 2020 has been for most of us suffering under the yoke of the pandemic, it seems impolite to

High-Altitude Test Flight is a Huge Step Toward National Space Society Goals of Space Settlement On December 9, at 5:45 p.m. EST, SpaceX’s Starship was

By Dale Skran With a multitude of records surrounding this flight, the most important aspect is certainly the main cargo—Nanorack’s Bishop airlock. This airlock was

By Dale Skran SpaceX continued to push the envelope of reusability with a November 24, 2020 launch of the 16th Starlink mission, bringing the total

National Space Society’s Ongoing Support for Commercial Spaceflight Shows Results On Tuesday, at 11:01 pm Eastern Time, SpaceX’s Crew-1 flight successfully docked with the International

By Bob Brodbeck This morning at 8:36 am CST the Blue Origin New Shepard space flight program resumed at the company’s West Texas facility with

By Fisher Smith, NSS Legal Fellow Space, the final frontier of human exploration. For thousands of years, we have dreamed of going to the stars

Today ‘s global $350 billion space economy will soon bloom into a trillion-dollar economy. Join the National Space Society for the virtual webinar LEO Commercialization:

A Small Announcement May Have Large Consequences for Space Development The National Space Society (NSS) enthusiastically supports NASA’s September 10 announcement to purchase Moon rocks

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Image of Kalpana One space settlement courtesy Bryan Versteeg, $32,000 in Cash Awards Given for Best Space-Related Business Plans — Deadline March 1, 2024

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: John J. Vester Title: Nuclear Rockets: To the Moon and Mars Author: Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried Format: Paperback/Kindle Pages: 270 Publisher:

Partially Successful Flight Reached Space and Demonstrated New “Hot Staging” System The National Space Society congratulates SpaceX on the second test of its Starship/Super Heavy

Ad Astra, the NSS quarterly print, digital, and audio magazine, has won a 2023 MARCOM Gold Award. The awards are given yearly for “Excellence in

By Jennifer Muntz, NSS Member Coordinator On October 10th, an inspiring breakfast event took flight at the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space

By Grant Henriksen NSS Policy Committee Benefit sharing is a concept that refers to the distribution of benefits derived from the exploration and use of

People residing and working in space, space settlements, or on long-duration space flights will need to produce infrastructures and food to maintain healthy lifestyles. The

Image: Artist’s concept of the Blue Moon lander. Credit: Blue Origin. Second Human Landing System Contract Encourages Competition and Innovation The National Space Society congratulates