Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum

Space Settlement: an Easier Way

Tue Sep 12
Cafe Baklava Medeterrainian Grill
11:45 am to1:00 pm
$12 - $20
Educational Organizations, Organizations, Technology


Al Globus
Space Settlement: an Easier Way

Al Globus is a Senior Research Engineer for Human Factors Research and Technology at San Jose State University at NASA Ames Research Center, and co-author with Stephen Covey and Daniel Faber of a paper just published in the NSS Space Settlement Journal entitled ???Space Settlement: an Easier Way???. Al, a member of the board of directors of the National Space Society (NSS), has been designing space settlements off and on since 1990 and founded and runs the Annual Student NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest. Also, at one time or another, Al worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Space Shuttle, and the Aerospace Plane.

He developed JavaGenes (available under the NASA Open Source Agreement), a program to evolve graphs, molecules, circuits, atomic potential functions, Earth observing satellite schedules, and antennas using genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, stochastic hill climbing, squeaky wheel optimization and related techniques. Al is most well-known for his work on Nanogears (he coauthored Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Based Gears), and was co-recipient of the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for Theoretical Work.

Al earned a Bachelors of Arts in Information Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979 and started work as a contractor at NASA Ames where is still working today.

Al will describe a relatively easy, incremental path to free space settlement by taking advantage of very low radiation levels in Equatorial Low Earth Orbit, and the fact that people adapt to rotation rates of 4-6 rpm within a few days, which radically reduces the difficulty of building the first space settlements and making launch from Earth practical. He will also note the role that Elon Musk???s SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System could play.

More Info

650 969-7215



  1. Cafe Baklava Medeterrainian Grill
    341 Castro St, Mountain View, CA