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NSS Space Settlement Advocacy Committee

Al Globus (Committee Chair) writes: "In 1978 my roommate was hired to clean out someone's garage and brought home a stack of Co-Evolution Quarterly issues, including one on space settlement. It blew my mind. I knew we just had to build these things, so I went to work at NASA Ames Research Center." Al is currently a Senior Research Associate for Human Factors Research and Technology at San Jose State University at NASA Ames Research Center. He has also been a visiting research associate at the Molecular Engineering Laboratory in the chemistry department of the University of California at Santa Cruz, his alma mater. His work at NASA is detailed on his website, including online versions of almost all of his papers. Of his many awards, he is most proud of being a co-recipient of the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for Theoretical Work. In the mid-90s, he co-founded the annual NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Design Contest. See his space settlement website for more on his personal thoughts on the subject.

Fred Becker is a lifelong space advocate who has worked with many space organizations to promote space.  He first read about space settlement through the writings of Dandridge Cole in the 1960's and had the amazing experience of being a child following NASA through that decade.  He has attended numerous Princeton Space Settlement Conferences, International Space Development Conferences (ISDCs), and Mars Society Conferences.  He edited The Colonist, the newsletter of the Houston Space Society, and is currently active with the Florida Space Coast chapter of NSS.  He has volunteered as a team leader in the Anita Gale / Dick Edwards Space Settlement Design Contest.  He has also been involved in media projects such as For All Mankind and other space documentaries.  He has worked on several space programs including Space Shuttle, Space Station, X-33, Atlas, Delta, Pegasus, Taurus, Spitzer Space Telescope and Gravity Probe B.  He was in mission control for the first Shuttle flight and currently works at Kennedy Space Center.  He has an electrical engineering degree and has done graduate work in physics and futures studies.

David Brandt-Erichsen (Webmaster) has been involved in the space movement since 1978. He is a former Secretary of NSS and served as an officer and Board member for over 10 years. He is currently a member of the NSS Volunteer Website Team and is webmaster of the NSS Space Settlement Nexus, the NSS Library, and the Reading Space (book review) section. He is also webmaster of and would love to catalog any natural arches on Mars. Now retired, his vocational background is as a research technician in molecular genetics.

Alexander Bridi is a high school student, currently attending 12th grade at the European School in Brussels, Belgium. He is interested in physics, mathematics and astronomy. In 2006, he participated in the NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Design Contest and was awarded the Grand Prize. As a result, he was invited to attend the 25th International Space Development Conference (ISDC) and to visit the NASA Ames Research Center. He is the first European representative on the Space Settlement Advocacy Committee. He strongly hopes that a space settlement, like his own design, will be developed and inhabited in the near future.

Theresa Holmes – One of her earliest memories is standing in the backyard with her mother to watch Sputnik wink by overhead in 1957. Theresa has spent her life since trying to find a way to design her ideal home—in a city on the Moon. She has won no awards, has never worked for NASA or any other science or technology firm involved in space development, but she has taken as her mission in life to find ways to encourage others of all ages to realize that moving into the High Frontier and building homes there will help them solve many of the problems that keep them awake at night. She currently posts commentary and keeps a blog on and has made her many novels available free for download on her website. Finally, she has set up a webspace to showcase her many designs for towns and cities in space. She is living proof that you don't need to be a bigshot like Buzz Aldrin (who is an acquaintance) to work on building the best of all possible futures.

Larry Kellogg, a retired Naval Aviation Electronics Warrant Officer CWO4, maintains a lunar update email list, a blog site To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, and a website on similar topics. He also worked for 20 years for AlliedSignal and Orbital Sciences Corporation supporting NASA Ames Research Center in processing data from Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, and the Lunar Prospector missions.

David Koch has been working as a professional in the aerospace industry for over forty years. He has also served as a professional airline, military, and corporate pilot as well as an aviation manager and consultant.  He has written numerous aerospace-industry-related articles, papers and technical documents including business plans and business cases and is the author of the book False Security: The Real Story About Airline Safety (out of print). He is currently writing a new book titled The OutPlan Report: The Business Case For Lunar Settlement. Dave has also served in the following space-development-related capacities: Special Assistant to the president of United Airlines for Space Shuttle acquisition; Founding National Chairman of the American Society of Aero Space Pilots (ASAP); Chairman of the Publicity Committee for the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); Founding President of the Houston Chapter of the Aviation/Space Writers Association (AWA); Founding Chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Professional Outlook Committee (United Airlines); Founding Chairman of Houston Space Week.

Joseph E. Palaia, IV is Vice President and co-founder of the 4Frontiers Corporation, a company pursuing education, entertainment and research and development related to space exploration. He holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from MIT. He has helped to design and build five robots, competing in the FIRST National Robotics Competition. He was responsible for the nuclear and electrical engineering disciplines on a Gen I Mars settlement programming study, and is part of the management team of 4Frontiers' Gen II study. He is also co-author of three technical papers on the topics of Mars surface nuclear power planet design, Mars settlement architecture and space economics.

Kim Peart is a denizen of Tasmania, an island State of Australia south of the mainland. He joined the L5 Society in 1976 and helped launch the Southern Cross L5 Society in 1981, now the National Space Society Australia. He is a visual artist and conservationist who has often become involved in local community issues and the pursuit of practical history, including Viking culture and the life and times of Jorgen Jorgensen, a Danish adventurer who helped found the British settlement in Tasmania in 1803. Kim sees our expansion into space as essential to our survival on Earth, and suggests that we can have prosperity for all as well as harmony with Nature if we choose to. He has explored these issues in his article "Creating A Solar Civilization" (which has already been translated into Italian) and is working on a series of articles on laying the foundation of a civilization in the Solar System that would ensure fair opportunities for each child born to the Human family.

Paul Roseman was a science-fiction fan as a kid, and saw men walk on the moon as a teenager, all along knowing that he and others would have a chance to live in space. Somehow, that never happened. In the early 1990's he got into the NY chapter of the NSS by the promise of space solar power to fulfill that dream. There, he learned about the problems from Seth Potter, and since has been trying to figure a way to accomplish that task. He ran a track of the 1996 ISDC in New York, and gave a paper at the 1997 SSI conference on a business plan outline to recycle space debris in LEO to LEO. He is currently very hopeful that the dream of living in space can be brought to reality by space solar power. And that is NOW, not soon!

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