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Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar Solar Sails going to be launched 2010
Good news on Solar Sailing!
Japan's Space Agency JAXA is planning to launch IKAROS to test Solar Power Sail, more here: http://www.jspec.jaxa.jp/e/activity/ikaros.html
and The Planetary Society is going ahead with the LightSail project, details here:
http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects/solar_sailing/
Launches are planned for 2010 for both projects.
What is amazing about the LightSail project, that it is a private enterprise, which recently has got an anonymous one million dollar donation.
Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar Prizes help to foster long term thinking
I have just read Anousheh Ansari's post on her passion of space - an excellent example for long run thinking and passion. She says:
"I am a space cadet. I look forward to the day when the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is won, and I am committed to developing more space-based prizes which will give us further access to crucial materials and energy necessary to solve some of mankind’s greatest challenges."
It is worth to read the whole article:
Enjoy it!
Tibor
Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar An other type of poplularity ...
Recent development on the Long Bets site, after we have been battling with spam comments since May, exploding in frequency:
"Comments are temporarily closed.
Posted by admin
Due to SPAM problems we have disabled commenting on Long Bets until we can institute automated filtering. Sorry for the inconvenience."
This shows also a sort of popularity, even if it is annoying one. Take it easy and discuss here :-)
Tibor
Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar Both sides of the coin
It was a great pleasure to meet Paul Gilster - my erstwhile opponent in the Interstellar Bet, which we call also as our Long Bet 395 - in person in Aosta, during the 6th IAA Symposium on Realistic Near-Term Advanced Scientific Space Missions - Missions to the Outer Solar System and Beyond - where both of us made the case to use our bet as an educational tool.
Paul's lively report on the Aosta 2009 events can be followed on his blog at http://www.centauri-dreams.org - you might find his "Aosta Update for Wednesday", posted on 8th July 2009 particularly relevant to our bet; here is the direct link: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=8591
where You can see the first-ever published photo showing Paul and myself together!
Enjoy,
Tibor
PS: here you can take a look at the session review of the conference: https://www.xing.com/app/forum?op=showarticles;id=22380215
Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar 6th IAA Symposium on realistic near-term advanced space missions Aosta 2009 will start on Monday 6 July
The "must" conference for all deep space fans, traditionally held in the lovely city of Aosta, will offer a lot of interesting stuff in seven sessions:
* Session I: Motivations for long range space exploration
* Session II: Propulsion and solar and electric sails
* Session III: Psychological aspestc of long range space exploration
* Session IV: Missions
* Session V: Robots and rovers for deep space exploration
* Session VI: New concepts
* Session VII: SETI
The programme is available online here: http://tinyurl.com/oa6z3j
Our Interstellar Bet will be featured by Paul Gilster and myself - also both sides of the coin will be shown!
Summer greetings from hot Northern Germanyv - Ad Astra!
Tibor
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