When explorers of old set sail in wooden ships to explore the unknown reaches of the ocean, it was important that their vessels were robust enough to keep them safe, and capable enough to allow them to conduct voyages that stretched from the tropics to the Antarctic. Today, NASA's Space Launch System carries forward that legacy as the next great ship that offers the robustness and capability to support a wide variety of missions to diverse destinations on the new ocean of space.
Designed to take advantage of NASA's proven heritage of success in human spaceflight and the latest in modern technology, Space Launch System is moving rapidly toward its first launch in four year as the world's most powerful launch vehicle. SLS Program Manager, Todd May will explain how the program, based at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, is carrying the torch of a grand heritage of exploration for a new generation.
The event will take place at ManTech NeXolve / Gray Research Auditorium, 655 Discovery Dr. in Huntsville. The event is free and open to the public. A social will take place after the meeting at IHOP on University Drive.
It is not often that we celebrate a big milestone. This year, HAL5 will be celebrating 30 years of excellence in space advocacy, education outreach and technology development. To celebrate our birthday and a special thank you to our ISDC 2011 staff and key volunteers, we will have a special celebration on Friday, December 13 from 6:30 pm - 9 pm.
We will have mementos from 30 years of HAL5 and some of our Project HALO amateur rocketry hardware there. We will also be giving out awards to folks that made our accomplishments possible.
Invitation will go out starting the on Nov. 15, and please RSVP so we can get accurate food count. If you would like to come and are not a current HAL5 member, please contact us at the link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Our advance into space will depend on manufacturing products that have a broad market and that utilize the unique properties found in space. Utilizing space-acquired materials is another key factor. To date, efforts to manufacture products in space have been very modest, and have relied on materials brought from Earth. The only space-manufactured product currently available for purchase is latex microspheres used for calibrating high-powered microscopes. Now it is time for a bolder approach. Could macro-scale (or even mega-scale) products be manufactured in space for use on Earth? Could Cloud Nines (an idea conceived by Buckminster Fuller in the 1950s) be such a product? In this presentation we'll consider how Cloud Nines could be made in space through continued development of current commercial and government efforts, and how doing so would advance our ability to develop a space-faring civilization.
Paul O. Wieland, P.E. is Visioneer for Wiseland Services, consultant on habitats in space, gold-medal winning author, former NASA engineer.
The Sunjammer Project. First NASA Solar Sail Mission to Deep Space" with Ron Unger, Sunjammer Mission Manager, NASA MSFC. Additional information coming soon.
Engineering the Saturn V" with Al Reisz, President of Reisz Engineering. The talk begins with the launch of Sputnik in October 1967 and include some space exploration history to explain why, as well how the Saturn V was developed. Al will explain why the Saturn V was able to send American astronauts to explore the Moon, and why the Soviets failed in their quest to send cosmonauts to the Moon.
Al Reisz is the President, CEO of Reisz Engineers. He was a propulsion engineer with Boeing involved with the development and flights of the Saturn V. Working with NASA MSFC and University of Michigan 2005 - 2008 his firm developed high-density electron cyclotron resonance advanced in-space propulsion system. He currently is involved with research and development of in-space propulsion systems. He serves as a consultant with aerospace and industry. He is a member of the National Space Society and HAL5. He is past president of the Von Braun Astronomical Society.
For a second year in a row, HAL5 was awarded the NSS Chapter Excellence Award for Education Outreach. Special thanks to our members, supporters and attendees of our monthly programs to HAL5 one of the most active chapter in NSS! Thank you!
Once again, we are the best chapter in NSS! At the 2011 ISDC in Huntsville, HAL5 was awarded
the NSS Chapter of the Year award for 2010! Thank you, our
members and guests, and HAL5 officers for making this possible.
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Members and general public are welcome to attend the HAL5 Executive Officers' meetings. Second Thursday of each month, except for holidays, at 6 pm at Newk's on University Drive.
Open to all current HAL5 members. We meet on Monday from 7 PM to 9:30 PM at Steve's except for holidays and other conflicts. If you are interested, please .