By Glynn Cosker
Contributor, Online Learning Tips
Note: This article originally appeared on In Space News.
PSW Science is live-streaming a space-related lecture, which will take place at the John Wesley Powell Auditorium in Washington, D.C., at 8:00 p.m. tonight (Oct. 4, 2019).
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According to its website, “PSW is a leading science education, founded in 1871 as the ‘Philosophical Society of Washington.’ PSW brings speakers from around the world to present the latest scientific research to the society’s members and interested members of the public.”
The live stream will be broadcast via YouTube.
Building, Maintaining, Refueling and Upgrading Spacecraft in Space
The lecture, “Immortal Spacecraft: The Rise of In-Space Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing” will focus on various initiatives. The initiatives are linked to the goal of one day building satellites, telescopes and other space-related structures that can be constructed, maintained, refueled, repaired and upgraded in space.
One of NASA’s Deputy Directors to Host Lecture
The Immortal Spacecraft lecture features Benjamin Reed, the Deputy Director, Satellite Servicing Projects Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Reed recently served as Director of Civil Space Policy on the National Space Council staff, where he was responsible for assisting with the implementation of the president’s national space policy objectives among other major tasks.
The lecture will focus on a future in space that doesn’t rely on heavy, expensive and environmentally negative rockets by introducing new concepts that will break free of Earth’s restraints.
“The basic formula for sustainable space exploration is: consumable replenishment and component repair (servicing), construction of large structures (assembly), and creation of components from feedstock or in-situ resources (manufacturing) to break the dependence on earth supply chain logistics,” states PSW Science’s introduction to the lecture. “Servicing can help spacecraft live longer and journey farther, enabling more science and human exploration of our solar system and beyond. In-space assembly can enable the construction of large-scale telescopes and other complex structures without volume limits imposed by rockets. This can help us peer deeper into space than ever before and aid in the search for life outside of Earth. In-space manufacturing contributes to the ability to adapt to the unforeseen and utilize in-situ resources.”