September/October 2013 Horizons Available

The September/October 2013 issue of Horizons is now online at (52 pages in a 6 MB PDF file for its low resolution version). Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The cover story is, “100 Year Starship Public Symposium,” by Wes Kelly, Triton Systems LLC, and Shen Ge. This issue also contains, “Comet ISON: Bang or Bust?” by Dr. Patrick E. Rodi and an update on our back cover about planning for the Houston Spaceport. That update comes from the Houston Airport System and Professor Larry Bell of the University of Houston’s Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA). This issue concludes with part 8 of 8 of our page by pageP high resolution reprints of the 1952-1954 series of articles from the weekly magazine Collier’s, Man Will Conquer Space Soon! Wernher von Braun led that team of editors, writers and artists.

2013 100YSS Public Symposium

Building on the momentum of our first public symposium, 100 Year Starship (100YSS) is beginning to create pathways for research and innovation. Our 2013 theme, Pathway to the Stars, Footprints on Earth outlines our mission of enhancing life here on earth as we reach for the stars. The Public Symposium is an opportunity to bring the general public together with technical researchers to understand and outline the challenges of interstellar space flight. 100YSS is working to create new avenues to foster the innovative, robust collaborative, transdisciplinary research, project design and technological development needed to reach the stars in 100 years.

Symposium Highlights

Key Speakers

  • Bernie Faranoff, PhD Project Director of the South African Square Kilometer Array Telescope Project
  • Jill Tarter, PhD Bernard Oliver Chair for Research at the SETI Institute
  • Casey Hudson VP Bioware/EA, Project Director Star Wars: Old Republic and Mass Effect Trilogy gaming franchises
  • Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD Astrophysicist

More speakers are name everyday.

Technical Papers

  • Time and Distance Solutions
  • Life: In Vivo and In Vitro
  • Destinations: Hidden Objectives
  • Design: Space
  • Interstellar Inspiration
  • Commercial Preparation
  • Becoming an Interstellar Civilization

See highlighted papers

Tell the Story: Sci-Fi Author Showcase

See Mary Doria Russell, author of acclaimed The Sparrow, which is a moral perspective on space travel and colonization. Other authors will showcase different voices in modern science fiction. This event will be followed by a movie night.

Accelerating Creativity

Closing gala. Come and enjoy the experience of creativity in the interstellar challenge experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • On-site Symposium support on Friday, Saturday, and or Sunday.
  • Attend symposium activities during volunteer day
  • Discount on day-pass for other days
  • Volunteer 100YSS T-shirt

Please let Ellen Gillespie and Michael Frostad know if you are interested in volunteering. Furthermore, if you would like to attend the symposium let us know and we’ll give you the AIAA special discount code.

For more information, see the PDF flyer or visit the website.

September/October Horizons Newsletter

The September/October 2012 issue of Horizons is now available. This free 52-page newsletter is available in both high and low resolutions, about 48 MB and 14 MB, respectively. This issue includes: cover story: The 100 Year Starship September 2012 Public Symposium in Houston. Man Will Conquer Space Soon! We are reprinting this Collier’s space series from 1952 to 1954, and this issue has the articles from October 18, 1952, the 2nd of 8 installments. Paradises Lost, the opera from the Le Guin generation starship novella. Lunar Surface EVA Route Selection Optimization by Yvonne Vigue-Rodi. Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) 2013 – 2014 by Daniel R. Adamo, Astrodynamics Consultant. From our French sister section 3AF MP, Third Annual Aerospace Festival of Art and Literature, Stars and Wings. The Fog of War Obscures a Great Aerial Dogfight (Speculation) by James C. McLane III. Convair “Super-NEXUS”, APR Corner, Aerospace Projects Review, by Scott Lowther. Current Events, Capsule-Helicopter Hybrid Spacecraft by Jeff Hagen.

July/August 2012 Horizons Issue

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Houston Section Horizons July / August 2012 newsletter (76 pages) is now available in low and high resolution formats. Cover story: Ring Wing Waveriders by Dr. Patrick E. Rodi. Also on the cover: Man Will Conquer Space Soon! This is from the weekly magazine Collier’s, from the March 22, 1952 issue (25 pages), by Dr. Wernher von Braun, Chesley Bonestell, and many others. Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base by Colonel Jack “Stitch” Daniel, Commander. The 100 Year Starship Public Symposium in Houston, September 13-16, 2012. The Scientific Preparatory Academy for Cosmic Explorers (SPACE) Inaugural Event, by Shen Ge. Suddenly Tomorrow Came… A History of JSC, the Audiobook. Recent conference papers by Section members, and much more.

Here are some links that provide publicity and more detail about our 1952-54 Collier’s series starting in this issue of Horizons: