(October 19, 2020) AIAA Member Spotlight on Al Globus

Al Globus
AIAA Member

AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee
Contract software engineer, NASA Ames Research Center – Retired

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.

While earning his BA in Information Science at UC Santa Cruz, in 1978 Al’s housemate was hired to clean out someone’s garage. He brought home a stack of Co-Evolutionary Quarterly issues, including one on space settlement. It blew Al’s mind. He knew we just had to build these things. A few days later while he was raving to other students about space settlement a tall guy tapped him on the should and asked “Would you like to work at NASA?” Al jumped on it, went to NASA Ames when he graduated, the tall guy got a $500 bonus and became one of Al’s closest friend.

Al Globus