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Adam Manning

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The SPACE Project
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:51:24 PM »

Hello! I'm part of one of the BIS' study groups, the SPACE Project. This group, lead by Jerry Stone, is looking again at the studies from the 1970s by Gerard O'Neill and his colleagues into the construction of large scale space habitats.  Dr O'Neill's work includes The High Frontier, probably the most well known and well read book on the large scale settlement of space.

The group is considering these original studies and how the situation has changed since the mid seventies when they were developed.  How do these studies stand up to scrutiny now, forty years later?  We are also looking more broadly at the concept of space settlement, including the use of lunar and asteroid resources, space solar power and considering the legal and political aspects. 

The group is active and has regular meet ups, often at BIS headquarters, and Skype conference calls. One of the most exciting parts of the group's work is a new space habitat design, incorporating new discoveries and theories about aspects of habitat design.  This short vlog is from a recent conference for the group at BIS HQ : https://youtu.be/xuB_iaXBSVc.

You can find more information about the project from Jerry Stone's website : http://www.spaceflight-uk.com/space_colonies.html
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JennyScottThompson

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2016, 01:25:50 PM »

I heard a talk on this at Nine Worlds 2015 and it was fascinating - good to hear it's still going strong. It would be great if Jerry could speak there again in 2017.
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 12:05:51 AM »

Jenny, thanks for your message.  I'm glad that you enjoyed my presentation.
I'd love to speak at Nine Worlds 2017.  If you know anyone on the organising committee then let me know - and them!
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JennyScottThompson

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 08:12:15 AM »

Apparently [email protected] is the best email address.
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2016, 08:20:10 AM »

Hello Adam, this sounds a really interesting project. I've looked at the links on your post and trawled the BIS website but can't find anything that's particularly current. Would you be able to point me in the direction of the latest updates on progress please?
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JerryStone

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2016, 04:31:22 PM »

Hi,

I'm the leader of The SPACE Project.  We don't have any web pages yet, but hope to set something up soon.

We exchange emails, meet periodically by Skype, and meet up now and then.  We are currently working on a number of papers for a special issue of the BIS Journal.

Can you tell us about yourself.  What are you interested in?  Do you have any relevant knowledge or experience?

Regards,
Jerry
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2016, 07:43:19 AM »

Hello Jerry, thanks for responding.
I've been interested in space and astronomy for a long time and some years ago I saw you give a presentation at an SPA meeting on space exploration and habitation, previous visions and future possibilities. I was facinated and have been finding out as much as I can ever since.

I'm just an interested amateur with no technical or engineering background but would like to think I could contribute in some small way even if it's just to bring a different perspective. I am a qualified and accredited project manager for the civil service and a trained project assurance reviewer. I have a good eye for detail and am not a bad proof reader.

If you don't need any help with the project I'd still be really interested in following your progress and outputs so will look forward to seeing the website.
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Adam Manning

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 12:58:11 PM »

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

An article of mine on Space Law, based on research carried out as part of the SPACE Project, has recently appeared in the newsletter of the Astrosociology Research Institute.

You can download a copy of the newsletter, which opens as a pdf, from here: http://www.astrosociology.org/Library/PDF/Newsletters/ARI-Newsletter_Vol-5_Iss-2_12-2016.pdf
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 10:02:46 AM »

I enjoyed your article, and thank you for drawing our attention to this interesting newsletter; I'd not heard of astrosociology before but is obviously an important area of study.
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Bill Bigge

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2017, 04:54:52 PM »

Hi everyone.

I'm very interested in this topic, in particular because I got a UK space agency grant a while ago to explore some concepts I have developed for how to autonomously construct large habitable structures in space - structures from the 10 to 1000+ meter scale.

I'm currently in the process of figuring out how I get from the report I produced for the project to a commercially viable company (i.e. how do I convince people to part with money so I can turn what I did into reality!)

I would be happy to share some of my thoughts - but also cautions because I haven't yet figured out the IP situation so I don't know what I ought to be keeping to myself ...

My background is robotics and AI.
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2017, 10:16:51 PM »

Interesting to see this project in main stream media with an article on the Independant web site.Go to independant.co.uk and search for British Interplanetary Society,sorry I can never remember how to make a clickable link.But oh dear! oh dear! oh dear! the comments can really make your headache but I see that Jerry calmly tries to stem a tidal wave or flat earthers.
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Adam Manning

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2017, 01:49:22 PM »

You can read the rather good article featuring Jerry here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/space-colonies-orbiting-earth-20-years-expert-prediction-a7623726.html

In addition, Jerry recently gave an interview for the Voices from L5 podcast. This interview related to the concept of human or civil rights in space, particularly on a space colony and in it, Jerry mentions this project with the BIS: http://thisorbitallife.com/podcast/civil-rights-space-pt-1-voices-l5/

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Adam Manning

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 10:27:34 PM »

Hello there,

The following animation has been created for the SPACE Project:

https://youtu.be/PO65swEsE5o

And this is a "video scrapbook" of bits and pieces from one of our meet ups last year:

https://youtu.be/xuB_iaXBSVc
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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2017, 06:41:46 PM »

 Reply from previous thread

 Stephen:
      I think a ten year horizon might be a tad optimistic from what I understand (I am not part of the group myself) until a "Skylon" type launcher is in operation even attempting to build an Island 0 type habitat for 8 - 12 inhabitants would not be possible and anything larger would require intense mining operations on the Moon or on asteroids.
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Astronist

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Re: The SPACE Project
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2017, 11:45:57 PM »

Les, thanks. In that case, I was unclear with my proposal on the other thread.

I think the BIS should be promoting a project which is within the bounds of realistic near-future possibility, e.g. within a ten-year horizon, and within a budget of a few tens of millions of dollars. Thus the sort of project that a sponsor could commit to now.

For details, if you're interested, please see my article "Aridopolis" in Principium, issue 18 (August 2017). Link here:
https://i4is.org/publications/principium/

Stephen
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