Space Settlement Symposium Schedule
November 4th to 5th, 2016
Renaissance Austin Hotel
FRIDAY – November 4th
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.
Paper Session #1 – SPACE HIGHWAYS: INTER-SOLAR TRANSPORTATION
4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A:
|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.
Paper Session #2 – SPACE RESOURCES: MINING THE SKY
4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.
|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?
Paper Session #3 – SPACE MAKERS: MANUFACTURING IN SPACE
4 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.
|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
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
Paper Session #4 – FARMERS IN THE SKY: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN SPACE
3 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.
|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.
Paper Session #5 - HOME SWEET HOME – SPACE HABITATS
6 presenters will make their case, followed by Q&A.
|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
Awards for Best Paper Presentations
Host - Tina Marie Jones
Presentation of cash prizes for the best presentations in each paper session
Rick Tumlinson – Founder, New Worlds
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.
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.