Future Salon LA - Electrodynamic Tethers
Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, CA
Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, problems, sustainability, and social responsibility. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends. Mini potluck & meet-and-greet starts at 5 PM - please bring snacks and drinks to share!
After the presentation, we'll share interesting articles we've seen in the news in the last few days/weeks. Please gather a few to share.
Presentation: Electrodynamic tethers are an exciting and versatile technology that offer capabilities in low-Earth orbit unlike any other. Tethers have been used to return power to satellite systems, generate kinetic energy, and change the velocity of spacecraft, all by making use of available plasma in the ionosphere. There are several teams presently developing unique applications for tethers including uses that allow for the removal of space debris. Electrodynamic tether systems can provide propellantless propulsion for spacecraft operating in low Earth orbit. Because the tether system does not consume propellant, it can provide very large delta-V's with a very small total mass, dramatically reducing costs for missions.
Zach Urbina is the founder of Cozy Dark emerging technology, an aero-astro start-up whose goal is the effective management of orbital debris. Zach is a graduate of, and published narrative nonfiction writer with three generations of ties to the aerospace industry.
Future Salons are monthly educational, activist, and social events, focused on existing or emerging scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social change topics and projects worthy of your help and attention. We also cover critical-thinking, management, and personal change topics, and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, and positive-sum for all of us. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented. About the Future Salon Network initiated by John Smart: http://www.accelerating.org/futuresalon.html
Easy Parking. If you haven't been at the Brewery before PLEASE make sure you check this link. For location map & details: http://atypicalart.com/direx/
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Future Salon LA
Future Salons are produced by SeaLight Enterprises. They are monthly educational and networking events, focused on existing, emerging and futuristic scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social topics and projects worthy of your attention and support. We also cover critical-thinking, sustainability, social issues and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. For more information on Futurism please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurist.
We bring expert speakers from around the world and open discussion around their topic. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, understandable, and positive for all. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented.
Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, and challenges. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends.
The Future Salon Network was initiated by John Smart: http://www.accelerating.org/futuresalon.html