NSS Space Forum on Space Settlement Perspectives Feb 25

NSS Space Forum

You are Invited to the National Space Society Space Forum Thursday, February 25, 2021, 9:00 to 10:15 PM EST

SPACE SETTLEMENT PERSPECTIVES Featuring two presentations:



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Cristafully / Plaxco

The Global Alliance for International Collaboration In Space (GALIX) is a multinational coalition to advance and diversify space innovation and collaboration for all humankind. Many space professionals now envision that space activities are destined to significantly multiply and diversify over the next few decades, and that this expansion will present many challenges for humankind. The GALIX hopes to address these challenges in partnership with space professionals worldwide by both enabling more effective exchange of information among key space leaders and expanding international collaborative ventures. GALIX was established to enable all countries of the world — both developed and developing — to pursue and realize the benefits of space more effectively. In his presentation, Mr. Crisafulli will discuss GALIX’s goals and operational objectives, as well as the collaborative activities that are planned for promoting the development of new space technologies and systems that can benefit all of humankind.

The Mars City-State Design Competition was an international contest held in 2020 to solicit designs for a Mars city-state of one million people. Competition guidelines called for the city-state to be self-supporting to the maximum extent possible to minimize the need for imports from Earth. In addition, the design teams had to account for the production of essential bulk materials and the downstream manufacturing processes that would convert those materials into usable goods with the objective being for the city-state to be able to produce all the food, clothing, shelter, power, machines, and consumer products that a population of one million would need. At the same time, the design teams had to identify those goods and services that could be exported back to Earth to cover the cost of imports. In his presentation, Mr. Plaxco will share his experiences from the competition, insights garnered on the challenges of settling Mars, and will provide a critique of the design submitted by his team.


Jim Crisafulli pursued undergraduate studies in Physics and Zoology at Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College. Following a Peace Corps mission teaching physics in Fiji, he obtained a master’s degree in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University. In 1978, he received an East-West Center fellowship to explore technology development issues in Asia/Pacific nations. He subsequently joined the Hawaii State Government as Projects Manager for the Office of Space Industry, Science & Technology Officer, Research & Development Coordinator, and finally Director of the Office of Aerospace Development. Since retiring from State (2017), Jim has worked with multiple space organizations (including NSS) to promote public-private partnerships and multinational alliances to help reduce the costs, enhance the benefits, and accelerate timetables for future space missions. He now serves as Director of the Hawaii Space Industry Innovation Program (HiSPACE) under the Governor Ariyoshi Foundation.

Jim Plaxco is a digital artist, creative coder, public speaker, and web consultant. Prior to entering the field of digital art, Jim was an information technology professional and software engineer working for Fortune 100 companies, included AT&T and IBM. In March 2019 Jim became the National Space Society’s Director of Information Systems and subsequently the NSS Data Protection Officer. Jim is also a NSS Space Ambassador and serves as that program’s subject matter expert for economics. Jim is currently President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies and is the creator of the CSSS Speakers Bureau. Jim serves as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and previously served as Vice President of the Planetary Studies Foundation and as President of the Northern Illinois Space Advocacy. As an artist, Jim has judged space art contests for NASA, NSS, IAF, and EIS, and has had one of his artworks flown in space.

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