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e-Town Hall Meeting with Mr. Al Globus and Dr. Daniel Clayton

January 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am 1:10 pm PST

(January 30, 2021) e-Town Hall Meeting with Mr. Al Globus and Dr. Daniel Clayton

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Saturday, January 30, 2021, 10 am PST (Add to Calendar)

AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting

Tentative Agenda: (Pacific Standard Time (PST), US/Canada)
10:05 am (PST): Welcome
10:10 am (PST): Mr. Al Globus (Space Settlement: an Easier Way)
11:40 am (PST): Dr. Daniel Clayton (Space Nuclear Systems Launch Safety)
01:10 pm (PST): Adjourn

(Part I)
Space Settlement: an Easier Way
by Mr. Al Globus
Contract software engineer, NASA Ames Research Center – Retired
AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee
NSS Board of Directors

(Part II)
Space Nuclear Systems Launch Safety
by Dr. Daniel Clayton
Principal Member of the Technical Staff,
Project Manager of the Space Nuclear Systems Launch Safety group,
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Space Settlement: an Easier Way
In the 1970’s Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill showed that we can build giant spacecraft in free space (in orbit, not on a planet or moon) and live in them. These space settlements could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth.

As fantastic as Dr. O’Neill’s work is, the space settlements envisioned are too big, too massive, and too far away to be a practical place to start. We now know how to massively reduce the size, mass, and shorten supply lines of early space settlements by:

Placing settlements in a region of low radiation 500-600 km above the equator. Calculations suggest that at 500 km above Earth and zero inclination such settlements may require no radiation shielding.

Making settlements smaller by rotating (to produce pseudo-gravity) at up to four rpm. Settlers will become ill at first but adapt within a few hours or perhaps a day or two.

This reduces the size, distance, and mass of settlement to the point that the vehicles currently in flight test may be sufficient to provide affordable transportation from Earth to settlements.

Space hotel development can provide an incremental path to settlement construction with income along the way.

Mr. Al Globus worked at NASA Ames for 39 years as a contract software engineer on space settlement, asteroid mining, Hubble, space stations, X37, shuttle, Earth observation, TDRSS, cubesats, lunar teleoperation, spaceflight effects on bone, molecular nanotechnology, scientific visualization, and space solar power publishing dozens of papers on these and other topics. He founded and has run the annual NSS Space Settlement Contest for 7-12 grade students for over 25 years. The contest attracted 14,000 kids in 2020. Most recently, he found a way to build O’Neill-style space settlements with multiple orders of magnitude less mass and place them close to Earth, making launch from Earth practical.

Al is a member of the NSS Board of Directors, chairman of the Space Settlement Advocacy Committee, member of the Policy committee, and sits on the board of the Alliance for Space Development.


Space Nuclear Systems Launch Safety
Many of the space exploration missions from the past half-century have been enabled using space nuclear systems to produce heat and electricity. This mission enabling technology provides a stable, enduring energy source for missions that travel to locations in the solar system and beyond where solar power becomes ineffective and temperatures dip low enough to inhibit functionality of key components.

The radioactive nature of the fuel requires that safety and environmental protection be an inherent part of the design. The risks to the public associated with the launch of a space nuclear system in potential launch accidents need to be quantified. These risks are described in a Safety Analysis Report (SAR). During this talk we will discuss the SAR analyses, including the effects of impacts, fires, reentry, accident sequence, atmospheric transport and consequence determination.
Dr. Daniel Clayton is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the Project Manager of the Space Nuclear Systems Launch Safety group, simulating and predicting behavior of nuclear components during space launch accidents at Sandia. Dan received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. His areas of expertise include atmospheric transport and dispersion, CFD modeling, consequence analysis, launch accident sequencing, model development/coding, and risk assessments.

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