Here are a few more photos taken at today’s ISDC2008 conference.
This first one is of a young lady walking around ISDC2008 in a concept design for a new-style spacesuit. It is supposed to be much more flexible and efficient then ones being used today. She told me the name of the company was “StarSuits”, but that they don’t yet have a website. You heard it here first…
This second picture is of (from left to right) Ben Shelef, Brian Turner and Ray Dittmeier. Ray is the author of the Space Prizes Blog, a blog dedicated to all things Space Prizes related. He and I have emailed each other a few times in the past and he has always had nice things to say about my blog so it was a real (and unexpected!) pleasure to meet him today. His blog is very succinct and is the place to go if you want to follow events in all of the various Space Prize competitions being held.
The National Space Society (NSS) Climber team is selling raffle tickets for a Quilt. I’m told that this is not just any quilt, but one that normally sells for thousands and thousands of dollars. This picture is a closeup of the tickets. Well, I thought they were interesting…
Finally, this photo shows the shipping box for the Meteor Crater exhibit. It’s laying on its side and, sizewise, is quite impressive. My guess is about 8 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 4 feet deep. I’m sure the shipping company was thrilled when they saw this… It looks very sturdy and should keep this exhibit well protected.
Tomorrow, we finally get to the two Space Elevator presentations which are scheduled. The first is by Jim Dempsey, an entrepreneur who has come up with an alternative way of deploying a Space Elevator tether. The second presentation will be by Bert Murray of the NSS team, giving us a status report of his team’s climber. He’s also promised to bring the “proof of concept” model used in the BBC footage I blogged about last month.
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