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TUCSON 2000
International Space Development Conference
May 25-29, 2000


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Plan of the Conference

Note: The following represents the state of the conference in late January 2000, and is subject to change.

Thursday, May 25

1:30 pm - 7:40 pm:   Kartchner Caverns tour. 60 minute underground tour of the newly opened, nearly pristine Kartchner Caverns (wheelchair accessible), plus 2 hours at the Discovery Center exhibits on the geology and life forms of the caverns. Limited to 48. Dinner included.

8:00 pm - 1:00 am:   Star Spectacular at the Skywatcher's Inn Bed and Breakfast, home of the Vega-Bray Observatory. Ten telescopes, up to twenty inches diameter, guidance of a professional astronomer, and the brilliant Arizona night skies. Refreshments served. Option: stay overnight at the Inn and return the next morning.

Friday, May 26

8:00 am - 1:15 pm:   Kitt Peak National Observatory tour. Twenty four optical and radio telescopes perched on a "sky island" high above the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. Inside tour of the largest domes and the McMath Solar Telescope. Breakfast and lunch included.

8:30 am - 1:15 pm:   Pima Air and Space Museum tour - 150 acres, 250 aircraft, air and space exhibits. Shuttle bus to the 5000 plane "boneyard" at neighboring Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Challenger Center and Morphis motion simulator. Breakfast included.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm:   Rockets and Orbits Tutorial Seminar. Chemical rockets, ion drives, tethers, solar sails. Useful closed and open orbits, transfers between orbits. Special attention to the problem of launch to low earth orbit. The physics of the frontier, without calculus. Lunch included.

9:50 am - 1:15 pm:   Colossal Caves tour. Used in pre-historic times and rediscovered in 1879. The scene of shootouts in the darkness. Six and a half story deep guided tour with history, legends and geology.

1:45 pm - 6:30 pm:   Biosphere 2 tour. The bold experiment by Space Biospheres Ventures to create a closed loop ecology that could support people indefinitely in the Arctic and subsequently in space. Exterior tour, including undersea glass ocean wall, and interior tour of the crew quarters and command and control "nerve room." Snack included.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm:   Titan Missile Underground Silo tour. Shock-mounted Launch Control Center connected by a 200 foot cable tunnel to a silo containing an actual Titan 2 ICBM, with the only evidence above ground a huge concrete slab covering the hole. Snack included.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm:   ASARCO Open Pit Copper Mine tour. Bigness in pits, machinery, processing vats, and copper production. Hands-on display of historical equipment and the Mineral Discovery Center. Snack included.

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm:   Space Festival 2000. Indoor/outdoor hands-on space fair. Space shuttle landing simulator, shuttle robot arm simulator, TIG welding booth, hold the 5 pound meteorite, rocket engine elements, and much more. Southwestern food buffet.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm:   Flandreau Planetarium and Science Center. Exploratory science museum, plus a planetarium show, on the mall at the University of Arizona.

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:   Chapters' Assembly

10:00 pm -        Hospitality in the 12th floor Presidential Suites

Saturday, May 27

7:30 am - 9:00 am:   "Meet the NSS" breakfast, with board members and staffers

8:00 am - 12:30 pm:   Family tour to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Conference session 1 - Propulsion
   
  Robert Forward - tether-based launch to LEO and Earth to Mars transfers
  Robert Gounley - Deep Space 1, asteroid rendezvous with an ion engine
  James Beall - efficient propulsion by circulating ion beam
  Henry Vanderbilt - private RLV development
  Giorgio Gaviraghi - deflected asteroids as cyclical space ships
9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Conference session 2 - NSS Challenge

Is an economically self-sufficient space settlement feasible on the Moon or Mars or other bodies in the solar system? The National Space Society is challenging the aerospace, economic and university communities, and especially those who would reduce the role of Government, to answer that question. Jeffrey Liss, chair.

10:00 am - 4:40 or 6:50 pm:   Family tour to Old Tucson Studios Movie Set and Theme Park. Old west town with trick riding, saloon girl musicals, and stagecoach rides.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm:   Lunch, speaker TBD

1:30 pm - 4:40 pm:   Family tour to the Arizona Historical Museum and Arizona State Museum. Settler and American Indian artifacts. Cultures of the ten Indian tribes of the Southwest.

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Conference session 3 - Materials and processes
   
  John Lewis - use of in-situ materials
  Giorgio Gaviraghi - modular construction with local fill materials
  Christopher McKay - taking advantage of the Martian chemistry
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Conference session 4 - Economics of development
   
  Kevin LeClaire - the Think Mars development plan
  Peter Diamandis - progress in the X-Prize competition
  Ron Jones - paths to space through development of tourism
  Robert Gounley - the revamping of NASA's Mars program
  Dick Fredericksen - Social Security as a source of space funding

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:   Reception and L5 Retrospective Dinner. Guests Keith Henson, Mark Hopkins, Bill Weigle, and more. Reliving the days when space colonization was just around the corner and "L5 in '95" was the rallying cry. What went right, and what went wrong, and personal remembrances of a time that still shapes the space movement.

9:00 pm -   :   Filk singing. Leading off with a concert by Leslie Fish and continuing with informal sessions into the night.

10:00 pm -   :   Hospitality in the 12th floor Presidential Suites

Sunday, May 28

7:30 am - 9:00 am:   Breakfast with the candidates for the board of the National Space Society.

8:30 am - 12:05 pm:   Morning Family tour loop to:
  Tucson Botanical Gardens. Urban oasis of plants that thrive in Southern Arizona. The nursery offers plants for sale.
  Fort Lowell Historic Museum and Park. Military outpost that protected settlers in the Tucson area from Apache attacks, with artifacts showing the harsh lives of soldiers and their families.>
  DeGrazia's Gallery in the Sun and Mission in the Sun. Designed and built by southwest artist Ted DeGrazia. Originals on display, reproductions for sale.
  Trail Dust Town. Old West main street, covered wagons, gazebo, and jail. Mini train ride through mock Indian camp and gold mine.
  Sabino Canyon. Hike or tram ride in a steep-walled stream-cut canyon in the Catalina mountains. Splash, picnic, climb huge boulders, or slide down waterfalls. Lunch provided.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Conference session 5 - Space Life Sciences
   
  Eleanor O'Rangers, chair
  Roy Walford - lessons learned from the Biosphere 2 experiment
  Linda Plush - space nursing
  James Logan - long duration space flight
9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Conference session 6 - Advanced planning
   
  Francis Govers - engineering challenges of a trip to Mars
  Peter Kokh - revisiting the large orbital colony concept
  Ronnie Lajoie - an earth to moon cycling cruise ship for tourists
  Christopher Shove - planning of commercial spaceports
  Christopher Dessauer and Ken Morse - enhancing human longevity in space by stem cell banking

12:25 pm - 4:30 pm:   Afternoon family tour loop, same destinations as the morning loop

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm:   Sunday lunch, speaker Robert Zubrin makes the case for near term Mars exploration and settlement, and reports on the progress of the Mars Society in bringing this about.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Conference session 7 - Making a base
   
  Pascal Lee - the Mars Arctic Research Station
  Robert Zubrin - the Mars Arctic Research Station
  Charles Reynerson - tools for planning a base on the Moon or Mars
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Conference session 8 - The human element
   
  Michael Fulda - the social sciences in space
  Jerry Morris and David Qualls - piracy, a nasty reality of remote colonization
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm: Conference session 9 - Combined session
   
  speakers TBD

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm:   Play performance, "Mystery on Mars."

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm:   Science contests

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm:   Science contest awards

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm:   Reception and performance by ZIA, electronic pro-space pop music band

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm:   Banquet

10:00 pm -   :   Hospitality in 12th floor Presidential Suites

Monday, May 29

8:30 am - 10:30 am:   Early brunch buffet

9:00 am - 11 am:   Poster session interviews

9000 pm - noon: Conference session 10 - Getting the attention of a busy world
   
  Frank Sietzen - charting the future of Ad Astra magazine
  Carol Redfield - space education at The Sky's the Limit charter school
  Robert Freeman - preview of ISDC 2001 in Albuquerque

9:00 am - 11:00 am:   Tutorial seminar on screenwriting by Al Halstead

Noon - 5:00 pm:   Biosphere 2 tour - second chance for those who couldn't make it Friday afternoon

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:   Conference wrap-up meeting

Note: The preceeding represents the state of the conference in late January 2000, and is subject to change.

 

 
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