|Chris Lewicki at The Museum of Flight
||[Jun. 23rd, 2012|12:20 am]
Tonight was the "Space" evening of the 2012 Seattle Science Festival. The speakers were two former space shuttle astronauts (George Nelson and Bonnie Dunbar), Mark Sirangelo (head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems), and Chris Lewicki (president of Planetary Resources).
A theme throughout the evening was that this is an exciting time for space exploration, in part because the retirement of the space shuttle is opening the door to even more advanced spacecraft designs.
I was particularly impressed by some of the things Sierra is doing. They're making their rocket fuel out of a combination of recycled automobile tires and laughing gas, their shuttle will be able to land on ordinary runways, and apparently due to a lack of hazardous construction materials the public could safely approach it after it lands: the hope would be to get the public excited about space exploration by landing it at different airports all over the country.
The room these talks were held in is the same one which, later this year, will host the former space shuttle simulator.
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