Space Settlement Symposium Schedule
November 4th to 5th, 2016
Renaissance Austin Hotel
Austin, Texas

FRIDAY – November 4th

7:30 Registration Opens
Coffee, Snacks
9:00 Opening Presentation
Greeting – Tina Marie Jones – Member of the Board, EarthLight Foundation
Welcome – Rick Tumlinson – Founder, New Worlds
Introduction: Dr. Philip Metzger, New Worlds 2016, Managing Chair
9:30 Plenary Keynote – THE CASE FOR THE MOON
Bob Richards, CEO Moon Express
It’s right there in the night sky. We’ve been there once. Is it time to go back?  Why do we go? Who goes? How does it pay? And how do we stay?
Bob Richards is the CEO of Moon Express, the first company on Earth to be granted permission to leave our orbit and go to another world.
10:00

Paper Session #1 – SPACE HIGHWAYS: INTER-SOLAR TRANSPORTATION
Chair: John Carrico – Chief Astrogator, Google Bella Terra
While the rocketeers get us out of the gravity well, once we are in space we still need to get around. From solar sails to nuclear rockets and space elevators, low cost dependable transportation is what will knit together the frontier and leverage the new civilization of space.

4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A:

  • John Strickland — 8 steps access to Mars
  • Doug Cook — A Bold Proposal for a Crewed Deep Space Mission to Rendezvous with and Sample an Asteroid and a Comet
  • Michael Rampey — Simple Truss Cycler for Cargo Transportation to the Moon
  • Joe Lingren — A Sustainable Human Presence in The Solar System
11:00 Break
11:15 S.T.A.R. TALK #1 – THE ENERGY ECONOMY OF OFFWORLD SETTLEMENTS 
Jeff Greason, Co-Founder and CEO, Agile Aero
11:30 Discussion: WHO OWNS SPACE? – PROPERTY RIGHTS ON THE FRONTIER
Chair: Sagi Kfir, VP Policy, Deep Space Industries
Citizens are going into space. Who has the right to do what and where out there? How do we avoid the mistakes made on Earth, yet encourage the harvest of space resources that might save the planet? How do we make sure no one grabs the solar system yet enable regular people to dream they might own a house on the Moon or homestead Mars?
12:30 Plenary Keynote – THE CASE FOR FREE SPACE
Dr. Al Globus, Senior Research Associate for San Jose State University
It has been argued that being at the bottom of a gravity well is not the best place to grow an expanding space civilization. Using the resources of space and the unlimited energy of the sun, humanity can build anything it wants, as big as it wants.

Dr. Globus is a pioneer of space colony design and a Director of the National Space Society
13:00 VIP Luncheon – LET’S DO LAUNCH
Bill Gerstenmaier – NASA Associate Administrator - Human Exploration and Operations Directorate
Host – Mary Lynne Dittmar, , The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration 
A conversation with the most powerful man in human space flight.  The man who pays Elon to fly, and who is responsible for the future of the US national human exploration (and settlement?) program. How does he work between congress, the White House, aerospace and commercial space? What is the role of the government as we move to the Moon, asteroids and Mars? What might be coming as we move into a new administration? (or can we know?)
14:30 Discussion – HOW TO BUY A DRAGON: FINANCING SPACE COLONIES
Tom Olson – Chair, Center for Space Commerce & Finance
Jason Aspiotis – Founder and CEO, Finsophy Inc.
Moderator: Jeff Greason, Co-Founder and CEO, Agile Aero  
Nobody stays until somebody pays. Be it the May Flower and the pilgrims or the colonies of ancient Greece, someone has to come up with a plan to buy the ships and finance the first human settlements in space. What will such financing look like? What models do we have? When and who will organize the means to buy the ships and build these new communities? Do we start our investment accounts now?
15:15 S.T.A.R. Talk #2 – AN ELEVATOR TO HEAVEN: THE REALITY OF SPACE ELEVATORS
Michael Laine, Founder and President, LiftPort Group 
Someday rockets to space will be obsolete. For a decade the dream of  an elevator to space has been held out as solving the problem of space access. A reality check, and a real concept for just what we could do with this amazing technology.
15:30

Paper Session #2 – SPACE RESOURCES: MINING THE SKY
Chair: Dr. John Lewis – Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries
Without the ability to use space resources there can be no frontier. We simply can’t bring everything we need from the Earth. From asteroid mining, to making propellant from the Martian atmosphere, we must learn to live off the land wherever we are in the Solar System. So how do we find and harvest those resources?

4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.

  • Rob Mueller — Mars Molniya Orbit propellant mining
  • Edwin Ethridge — Microwave Mining of Water from the Moon, Mars and Asteroids
  • Sandhya Rao — Demonstration of Future Autonomous Robotics Rover with Artificial Intelligence Software for Understanding the Life and Resources on Space through Scientific Mission
  • Rodrigo Romo — ISRU: The Basalt Economy
16:30 Break
16:45 S.T.A.R. TALK #3 – INSPIRING AWE, CREATING THE EXPLORERS OF TOMORROW
Janet Ivey, Founder & CEO Janet's Planet, Inc
How to encourage experiences with science in order to inspire future generations to use their innate intelligence and creativity to make scientific, artistic and technological advances needed for this planet and the exploration of other worlds?
17:00

Paper Session #3 – SPACE MAKERS: MANUFACTURING IN SPACE
Chair: Dr. Alvin Yew – Manager, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program
If you’re a million miles from Earth it makes sense to be able to make what you need to do the job where you are. From additive manufacturing to smelting steel and iron, or even growing biological constructs, we must be able to make what we need to build our new civilization.

4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.

  • Robert P. Hoyt — Off-Worlding the Space Manufacturing Supply Chain to Enable a Robust In-Space Economy
  • Behrokh Khoshnevis — Planetary and In-space Fabrication and Construction
  • Rob Kelso — “PAVING” the Way to Planetary Basalt ISRU Construction – Results of Lunar Launch/Landing Pad with Robotic Field Demonstration
  • Patrick Donovan — ERUPT
18:00 S.T.A.R. Talk #4 – LIVE LONG AND PROSPER: EXTENDING LIFE IN SPACE AND ON EARTH
James Peyer, Apollo Ventures
Space is big, and it’s going to take a long time to see it all.  Some of us want to live long enough to see as much of it as we can, so how?
18:15 Special Mars Presentation
Leonard David, Author of “Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet”
18:45 Reception and Poster Presentations
19:30 FIRST COLONY ASSEMBLY
New Worlds is You. Grab your food or drink and come join us in a casual gathering and discussion of the future development of New Worlds as a global organization dedicated to supporting the establishment of human colonies beyond the Earth and the technologies they will need to survive and thrive.
There will be presentations on New Worlds Projects, plans for international chapters in Austin, LA, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands, research plans and input from attendees interested in joining New Worlds and the New Worlds movement.
21:30 Hospitality Suite Party

SATURDAY, November 5th

 8:00 Conference Registration Opens
Coffee, Snacks
9:00 Opening
Tina Marie Jones, Member of the Board, EarthLight Foundation
Rick Tumlinson, Founder, New Worlds
9:15 Plenary Keynote – THE CASE FOR MARS 2.0
Bob Zubrin – Founder, The Mars Society
When it comes to destinations for settlement, Mars is the Holy Grail. It is the most Earth-Like planet, with a sky and cycles much like the Earth’s. Yet it is a hundred times farther away than the Moon, with deadly soil and atmosphere. Yet within the decade the first humans will be on their way. Why? Who? When? And again, who pays, and how do they stay?
Bob Zubrin is the legendary author of Mars Direct, the book that helped inspire Elon Musk’s plan to colonize Mars, and founder of the Mars Society.
9:45 S.T.A.R. Talk #5 – RELIGION AND SPACE
Dr. Michael Waltemathe – Theological Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
As we ascend into the heavens, what do the religions of the world have to say about our plans?
10:00 Plenary Keynote: THE CASE FOR SPACE SOLAR POWER
Lieutenant Colonel Pete Garretson, USAF
Dr. John Mankins, Mankins Space Technology
In space the sun shines 24/7/365. So how do we capture that energy and turn it into the power we need to build a new space civilization? Equally important, how can we send some of that power back to the Earth to help save the planet? And is it worth it?
Dr. Mankins is the world’s leading expert on space solar power and the creator of the TRL system
Col. Garretson is an instructor and transformational strategist at the US Air Force's Air University
11:15 Break and Poster Session
11:30 S.T.A.R. Talk #6 – PROTECTING THE PLANETS
Dr. Margaret Race, SETI Institute
The humans are coming! Just how far do we go to protect possible life on places like Mars? And how much will it affect our plans to live there?
Dr. Race is a Senior Research Scientist SETI Institute
11:45

Paper Session #4 – FARMERS IN THE SKY: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN SPACE
Gabriel Rothblatt, 
President of the Florida Space Development Council
Napoleon said an army lives on its stomach. The same thing applies in space, where we will have to grow or make our own food. Learn about the amazing work now underway to develop high output agriculture and how these lessons can be applied to space, and how breakthroughs in space agriculture can help feed the Earth.

3 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.

  • Morgan Irons — Growing a Mars Base: Surviving on Mars is about more than whether a plant will grow.
  • Donald Jacques — The Biome: An Integrated Pathway to Food Independence and Sustainability In Space
  • Christopher Jannette — Offshore The Biosphere, Green The Cosmos
12:30 VIP Luncheon – LET’S DO LAUNCH
Guest Speaker: Dr. Pete Worden, Breakthrough Prize Foundation 
How to Build a Star Ship – Project “Star Shot”
Working with people like Stephen Hawking, the Breakthrough Prize Institute is planning to fly the first starship in the next fifty years.  Not just pie in the sky, this well funded effort is about to begin a quest to reach out and touch the galaxy.
Dr. Worden is Director of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, a former General in the Air Force, Director of the NASA Ames Research Center and Congressional Fellow.
14:00

Paper Session #5 - HOME SWEET HOME – SPACE HABITATS
Chair: Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist, European Space Agency (ESA)

While we have flown several space stations, no one has ever built a colony in space, and certainly not on the Moon or Mars. What kinds of construction techniques can we use in each of these locations? What kind of facilities and homes can we build?

6 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.

  • Sam Ximenes — LEAP2 and LCATS: A Framework for Lunar Site Technology Development Using a Global Space-STEM Education Network
  • Pimenta Manny — An Online Virtual Reality Mmog Portal Raising The Bar On Lunar Habitat Studies Networking
  • Ayse Oren — Spacecraft Architecture And Well-Being In Long Duration Space Travels
  • Robert B. Adams — Design and Assembly of Extra-Terrestrial Bases for Paratus Space Simulators
  • Keegan Kirkpatrick — Homestead: Building With What’s beneath Your Feet
  • Greg Vialle — Martian In Situ Habitat Assembly
15:30 Break
15:45 S.T.A.R. Talk #7: POLIS 2.0: DEVELOPING GOVERNING FRAMEWORKS FOR HUMANS IN SPACE
Dr. Sara Langston, Principle Consultant, Senmurv Consulting
16:00 Discussion Session – SEX IN SPACE: REPRODUCTION BEYOND EARTH
Chair: Dr. James Logan, The Space Enterprise Institute
The idea of an exotic liaison in space is always hanging “out there”, and some believe it has already happened. But what of reproduction? What happens to embryos in different gravities, or levels of radiation? Will those who grow up on Mars, the Moon or floating in space be a new species?
Dr. Logan is the former Chief Medical Officer of the NASA Johnson Space Center
17:00 Voting Closes
Awards for Best Paper Presentations

Host -  Tina Marie Jones
Presentation of cash prizes for the best presentations in each paper session
17:30 Closing Remarks
Rick Tumlinson – Founder, New Worlds
18:00 Conference Ends

Space Cowboy Gala – SATURDAY November 5th

19:00 Space Cowboy Reception – Exhibits Area
20:00 Space Cowboy Gala and Ball

 

The Case For Talks
“The Case For” Sessions are an opportunity for those advocating a destination or idea to make the case for their cause and those who support it. It’s not a business pitch or plan but the presentation of the why, who, how and when of. that place we should go or thing we should do.

S.T.A.R. Talks
Space Technology Art and Research talks featuring top speakers from within and outside the space field who are encouraged to let fly with their ideas and engage our participants in a TED-like voyage into ideas.