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July 11, 2019

 Michael Sims, CEO, and founder of Ceres Robotics Inc, along with Greg Schmidt, Director of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and David Morrison of NASA Ames, give an in-depth explanation on the future hopes and obstacles of lunar exploration.

May 31, 2019

      NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program. Each commercial lander will carry NASA-provided payloads that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the lunar surface by 2024. “Our selection of these U.S. commercial landing service providers represents America’s return to the Moon’s surface for the first time in...

December 27, 2018

When NASA revealed the names of nine companies eligible for contracts to deliver payloads to the moon on robotic landers, it set off a flurry of activity among firms with related technology.

Deep Space Systems mobile lander concept. Credit: Deep Space Systems

“Going back to the moon with commercial technology opens the floodgates,

” said Grant Anderson, president, chief executive and co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corp., a thermal control technology specialist and Moon Express teammate for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

NASA’s recent...

February 26, 2018

   Today, hardly a media issue goes by without some mention of the promise of the commercial move into space by private firms. SNS member Elon Musk has succeeded in disrupting costs  and changing the paradigm of who, what, when, and at what price both cargo and humans
can leave the planet, and where they may go next. But even so, almost all of these media
mentions are just that – enthusiastic pieces with little or no real information for those who have more than a passing interest in one of the greatest economic opportunities of our lifetimes. Sure, laun...

November 1, 2017

 Michaels Sims, founder and CEO of Ceres Robotics Inc, gives an overview of the link between space exploration and AI/robotics.

September 13, 2017

In 2004, after the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) landed I took to writing down each day after getting back to the apartment in Pasadena about that day.  My goal was just to share and educate about what it was like and what was happening.  It was to share the dream.

The problem was that we had two rovers on the surface and they were twelve hours apart.  Each of us doing operations was assigned for that shift to one or the other of the rovers, either to Spirit (the first to land) or to Opportunity.We previously had lectures about sleep deprivation, and how fligh...

August 22, 2016

A virtual panel was held August 22-26, 2016 to explore essential precursor Mars surface activities which would be compelled by a 2025 Human landing on the surface of Mars. We assumed precursor missions on 26 month windows beginning in 2018. This is the report on that panel's inquiry. The discussion quickly focused on detection of any extant life on Mars, especially at the site of the human landing. With current technologies and current understanding of the scope of possible biological activity there is no single instrument which can convincing eliminate the presen...

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