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Elon Musk receives Heinlein Award at Governors’ Dinner at the National Space Society Conference | ISDC 2014

Elon Musk receives Heinlein Award at Governors’ Dinner at the National Space Society Conference | ISDC 2014

May 18, 2014

Space Entreprener & Visionary Elon Musk CEO & Chief Designer at SpaceX, Chairman/Product Architect/CEO of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity received the National Space Society’s prestigious Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award during Friday evening’s Governor’s Dinner at the ISDC 2014 National Space conference by Trustees of the Heinlein Prize Trust. In the last decade SpaceX has been moving directly toward accomplishing goals that are of utmost importance such as forcing a drastic reduction in launch costs by doing the very hard task which no one else in the world has been willing and able to tackle working to create a family of commercially successful and reusable rocket boosters and reusable spacecraft.


The Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award honors those individuals once every two years who have made significant lifetime contributions in promoting the goal of a free spacefaring civilization. The Award is named after author Robert A. Heinlein widely recognized as the dean of science fiction writers and of his many contributions to the pro-space movement. The award concept came from his classic book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress which represents being able to “think outside of the box.”


Emcee for the evening by Geoff Notkin, Meteorite Expert & Star of Science Channel’s Meteorite Men. Keynote speaker Rick Searfoss former shuttle Astronaut, he has flown on both the Colombia & Atlantis, XPRIZE judge also XCOR Chief Co-Pilot; following later in the evening Space Pioneer Award to the Messenger team working on the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury and NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest a competition for students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from students around the world.


Vona is one of the tie winning teams along with team Greenspace of the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest receiving grand prize awards at the dinner event. See team Vona’s  incredible proposal document highlighting the possibilities for living outside the earth.

Former Astronaut Rick Searfoss who is passionate about flight speaking on the “Space Renaissance” talks about the excitement of innovation and technology today overcoming the technical challenges and turning your ideas into reality.
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The ISDC National Space Conference 2014 provides an immersive look into current space development programs, cutting edge technologies bringing diverse backgrounds together for one purpose to explore humanity’s future in space. The conference covers diverse areas such as exploration of the Moon, settlement of Mars, perceptions of space from the media, space resources, energy from space, education and space policy.

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Elon Musk & Richard Branson 1st Google Hangout Interview

Elon Musk & Richard Branson 1st Google Hangout Interview

Aug 13, 2013

Check out 1st Google hangout entrepreneur interview posted at Richard’s blog with Elon Musk, Richard Branson and questions from entrepreneurs around the world, from the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship in South Africa and the Caribbean, the Start-up Loans initiative in the UK’s North East and Virgin Mobile Colombia.

SpaceX – Entrepreneur Visionary Elon Musk

SpaceX – Entrepreneur Visionary Elon Musk

May 18, 2013

SpaceX is a privately funded company that designs, manufactures and has successfully launched the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Entrepreneur Visionary Elon Musk with the ultimate goal to revolutionize space transportation enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.

The company made history in May 2012 when its Dragon reusable spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments.

Tesla Product Launch Unveiling 2015

Tesla Product Launch Unveiling 2015

Apr 30, 2015

Today at 8pm PST watch a livestream of Tesla product launch event from the Design Studio in Hawthorne, CA. Catch the livestream at the Tesla Motors website for a much awaited announcement to be unveiled that is “not a car” stated by Elon Musk himself on Twitter.

Early April, Tesla introduced the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 mile range at 65 mph. Tesla also has the world’s fastest Supercharger stations with multiple chargers at each station. Currently there are 425 Supercharger stations with 2,338 Superchargers. They are free connectors that charge Model S in minutes instead of hours. Stations are strategically placed to minimize stops during long distance travel and Superchargers provide 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.

We will surley find out today what new product venture is next for Elon Musk.



NASA Space Exploration Track: Lunar Sub-Track Managed by Dave Dunlop | Countdown to ISDC 2014

NASA Space Exploration Track: Lunar Sub-Track Managed by Dave Dunlop | Countdown to ISDC 2014

Apr 29, 2014

The countdown continues for this year’s upcoming ISDC National Space Society conference held in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Hotel LAX May 14-18. Dave Dunlop will be presenting and managing Track Chair of the Lunar Sub-Track during the NASA Exploration session. Dave has been part of the International Committee of the National Space Society in partner with other organizations that share the same vision of a future in which the free enterprise human economy expands to include settlements on the Moon and elsewhere. QGITS had the pleasure in speaking with Dave Dunlop about the panelists presenting on the Lunar Sub-Track.

QGITS: Last year’s lunar track was about lunar lava tube exploration on the moon, will there be any talks about them again this year?

Dave Dunlop: This year we are inviting a number of presentations involving the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. We will be getting updates about the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) competition and their recent Milestone awards to several teams from Dr. Andrew Barton, Chief Technology Officer of the GLXP. He will be presenting at the Lunar Track, Friday May 16th, in the afternoon. Google Lunar XPRIZE teams that will also be presenting at ISDC conference are: Moon Express, Penn State Lunar Lions, and Team Synergy Moon.

Although we devoted an entire day of our two day lunar track last year to lava tubes this year we have a more diverse range of topics and presentations. Last year we talked about lava tubes on the moon but there are also a number pits on the Mars shield volcanos that would seem to be evidence of underlying lava tubes there as well. Astrobotic is another GLXP team that is planning a future lunar lava tube mission. This continues to be a hot topic for exploration. To get something into the lunar lava tube is something that has never been tried before – it’s quite challenging. I hope they can pull that off.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is going to be a reality show on Discovery and Science Channel in 2015.

QGITS: What will also be presented on the Lunar Sub-Track panel?

Dave Dunlop: Another aspect of the Lunar track this year includes a talk about lunar cycling orbits by Al Anzaldua of NSS Tucson; the development of lunar economy by Brad Blair an economic geologist and a couple of presentations on space radiation by Dr. Dennis Wright of Stanford Linear Accelerator and Dr. Doug Plata. Although it’s a Lunar track we are very pleased to have a special session on the Mercury Messenger mission by that outstanding team. So it’s a wider range of topics than last year and I hope that everyone who attends will find it both highly interesting and stimulating.

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QGITS: What will you be speaking about at this year’s Lunar Sub-Track 2014?

Dave Dunlop: I am giving a talk on the International Lunar Geophysical Campaign. We are trying to do is to stimulate international interest in sending more small affordable science missions to the moon. At present only three countries have managed to soft land on the Moon. If you look at a number of missions that are being planned over the next 10 years, there’s quite a few. What I have counted amount about 24 missions in development right now. Mostly those come from major spacefaring powers like China, India, Japan, Canada and Russia. If you look at these missions, there only 8 countries out of the major G-20 economies. Why aren’t there more lunar missions coming from G-20 countries? Our campaign is trying to encourage the number of these affordable Lunar CubeSat scale missions and more nations to be engaged.

We hope for example that some of the GLXP teams that have not had the ability to raise enough capital or adequate time to meet the GLXP deadline can repurpose their efforts and subsequently find both national as well as private sponsors for lunar science missions. NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual network has a number of international nodes and I understand that some additional nations are also joining that network. Perhaps there can be some collaborative project that these initiatives can mutually develop. We could see a new paradigm of small scale affordable science missions undertaken by more countries than ever before as a result.

More Latest ISDC News & Updates: The National Space Society’s prestigious Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award will be presented to Elon Musk at the 2014 International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The conference will run from May 14-18, 2014 in Los Angeles, Ca. The NSS has over 50 chapters around the world with conferences held in major cities and venues throughout the United States that covers several broad areas of study related to building a spacefaring civilization, including transportation to and through space, technology needed to live and work in space and Earth based activities to advocate for or educate others about space development.

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