2018 August Home District Blitz / Fall Fury

You are cordially invited to join the 2018 Annual ASD/NSS/SFF August Home District Blitz congressional action event. This event supports the 2018 Alliance for Space Development (ASD) annual campaign. Briefing materials will be provided on topics such as commercial LEO space station initiatives, legislation to enable Cislunar commercialization, and support for planetary defense. The August Home District Blitz is free and open to all; invite your space-interested friends.

This year we will be using a google form to file reports on each meeting. Although you can fill out the form on a mobile phone it is strongly recommended that one member of the team bring a tablet or laptop to type notes during the meeting. Alternatively notes can be taken by hand during the meeting and entered in the form later. However if you do this be sure to print out the form to refer to so you collect all the needed information.

  1. Please take pictures of all staffer business cards and email them as attachments to ian.burrell@allianceforspacedevelopment.org or dale.skran@nss.org
  2. Photos taken during the meeting should be emailed as attachments to Ian at ian.burrell@allianceforspacedevelopment.org or dale.skran@nss.org

Please direct any questions to August Blitz Chair Ian Burrell at ian.burrell@allianceforspacedevelopment.org or NSS Policy Chair Dale Skran at dale.skran@nss.org.

(More information about past August Blitzes.)

2019 International Space Development Conference June 6-9

ISDC 2019 is organized by the National Space Society (NSS) and will be held in Arlington, Virginia, June 6-9, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.

The International Space Development Conference® (ISDC® 2019) is where people from all around the world connect and share the latest breakthroughs in space exploration, development, and settlement. ISDC® 2019 is the perfect place for space leaders, astronauts, enthusiasts and the next generation of experts to meet. ISDC® attracts men and women of all ages; each bringing unique skills and backgrounds such as: aerospace industry leaders and startups, space exploration pioneers, academic thought leaders, and space supporters – all united by a common goal; to discuss the latest discoveries and projects on space development and settlement.

Information and registration.

Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 Introduced

The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 (H.R. 4752) was introduced March 16 by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher “to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to investigate and promote the exploration and development of space leading to human settlements beyond Earth, and for other purposes.”

The Alliance for Space Development urges members and supporters of its affiliated organizations to call or write your Congressional Representative today and request that he or she co-sponsor H.R. 4752 (the Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016). You should specifically ask that the space staffer for your Representative should contact Tony DeTora in Congressman Rohrabacher’s office to become a co-sponsor.

This bill states: “The Congress declares that expanding permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit in a way that enables human settlement and a thriving space economy will enhance the general welfare of the United States and requires the Administration to encourage and support the development of permanent space settlements.”

It also provides a definition: “The term ‘space settlement’ means any community of humans living beyond Earth’s atmosphere that is able to economically sustain its population through a neutral or positive balance of trade of goods and services, and is able to expand its habitable real estate as need and desire of the community may warrant and international law permits.”

The full text of the bill can be found here.