Gateway to Space 2020 has ended
“As long as we are a single-planet species, we are vulnerable to extinction by a planet-wide catastrophe, natural or self-induced. Once we become a multi-planet species, our chances to live long and prosper will take a huge leap skyward.”  – David Grinspoon

This event is free but to attend you must register via Zoom in advance:
Each person will receive a Zoom link for the event.

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Friday, December 11

7:00pm CST

Welcome and Keynote: Space Architecture for Semi-Permanent Lunar Habitats, A Compulsory Step to a Moon Base
How can a semi-permanent Lunar base accelerate space tourism while advancing scientific research? The long-established idea of working on a permanent lunar base as a milestone in space travel is part of the future of space mission sequencing logic. However, the pace the space travel technology and readiness developments in the past decades has pushed the whole timeline back . A sort of a missing link between the successful Moon landings 50 years and the hope of building a future Moon base could be filled with a project of simple missions that aim to utilize current technology for longer and more established lunar trips, increasing the number of lunar missions and the days people live there. Many of the space-related pursuits such as lunar tourism, lunar habitats, space sports, and space mining could be accelerated and achieved, instead of conventionally awaiting a permanent Moon base. That will eventually facilitate advancing space technology and building a permanent base.

Let's look at the space architecture behind such projects and how it incurs in utilizing Moon trips, habitats, and related technology not only for establishing new sectors in the space economy, but also in driving space travel forward and realizing milestones on the road map to planetary travel.


Antoine Faddoul

Director, TonySky Designs Group
Antoine Faddoul is a designer, artist, futurist, and storyteller. He is an advocate of revolutionizing space travel through integrated space architecture, innovative space economy, and contemplated future technology. His multidisciplinary approach combines elements of architecture... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST

8:00pm CST

Gateway to Space Awards, Annual Meeting, and Virtual Reception
8:00 PM - Gateway to Space Awards

Awards will be given to the original founders of St. Louis Space Frontier and Venture Cafe'.

8:40 PM – Annual Meeting

8:50 PM - Virtual Reception (bring your own snacks!)

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Michael Mackowski

Founder, St. Louis Space Frontier
Mike is receiving a Gateway to Space award.Michael J. Mackowski is a retired spacecraft engineer whose career spanned 45 years. He has worked on such programs as Landsat 8, the Fermi and Swift gamma ray observatories, the Iridium communications satellite constellation, several other... Read More →
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Erv Baumann

Founder, St Louis Space Frontier
Erv Baumann will be receiving a Gateway to Space award.Erv BaumannSt. Louis Space Frontier Co-FounderLead Systems EngineerThe Boeing CompanyBioSketchEducation and CareerBachelor of Electrical Engineering – 1975Master of Systems Engineering – 201545 Years in Engineering… almost... Read More →

Tyler Mathews

Executive Director, Venture Café | St. Louis
Venture Cafe' and Tyler Mathews is a Gateway to Space awardee.Tyler Mathews is the Executive Director of Venture Café St. Louis a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs, through a free workspace, an incubator for educators, and weekly gathering that host more than 24,000 people a year... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2020 8:00pm - 9:30pm CST
Saturday, December 12

10:00am CST

Welcome and Keynote - Medicine on the Moon, Mars and Beyond: Lessons from Human Health Challenges in Spaceflight for Space - and Earth
In this talk, Dr. Shawna Pandya will discuss the health challenges of human spaceflight, our next frontiers - and how these lessons can be used to address everyday medical challenges on Earth.

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Dr. Shawna Pandya

scientist-astronaut candidate, Project PoSSUM
Dr. Shawna Pandya is a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, physician, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies and Fellow of the Explorers’ Club. She is also Director of the I... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am CST

11:20am CST

2D Materials and the Space Elevator
Adrian Nixon presents the latest thinking:
  • The space elevator materials requirements
  • The role two dimensional (2D) materials can play making the space elevator possible
  • The state of the art of industrial manufacturing of graphene

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Adrian Nixon

Editor, Nixene Publishing
About Adrian by AdrianI am fascinated and consumed by the world of graphene and 2D materials. I author the monthly Nixene Journal report focusing on new technologies and commercial activity in this fast-moving field of advanced materials. My goal is to help translate all this activity... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2020 11:20am - 12:20pm CST

11:20am CST

Dealing with the Brown Matter: Going from Excrement to Entrée
 Often the details of dealing with human waste, and turning it into food and clean water are ignored. Most space research to date has either focused on waste recycling in microgravity to extract water, and expel the rest, or focused on the food growth side, in hydroponic gardens and photobioreactors. These disparate ends ignore the details in the middle, i.e. what turns urine, feces, food waste, and other waste types into nutrients for plant growth, clean water, and clean air. What sizes and trades are required for the tanks, pumps, pipes, sceptic systems, incinerators, or bioreactors, to recycle wastes into the inputs for both agriculture and human use. How does this change in low gravity areas like the Moon or Mars? What are timeframes for chemical conversions required, and practical concerns? This paper will cover the masses and chemistry of wastes, existing real world methods, machines and structures, and time required to digest the wastes, and mediation methods to close the mass flow loop to limit resupply, for settlements of various durations and sizes, from small scientific outposts, to village sized long term settlements. Will include sizing of tanks and pumps, energy requirements, biological and non-biological options and tradeoffs, directions for needed research. The messy details matter, and this paper will expose the gap of going from excrement to entrée and provide solutions to get menus from manure in space.

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Bryce L. Meyer

Board Member - Treasurer, National Space Society - St. Louis Space Frontier
Bryce L. Meyer, has degrees in engineering and biology, experience working on real farms, and many technical publications on space agriculture and ECLSS. He also has written and illustrated children's books on STEM topics, including space settlement, and is very active in space advocacy... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2020 11:20am - 12:20pm CST

12:25pm CST

The future will present many challenges for humankind that the Global Alliance for International Collaboration in Space (GALIX) hopes to address (in partnership with space professionals worldwide) by both enabling more effective exchange of information among key space professionals and expanding international collaborative ventures. These key space challenges include:
  • Promoting peaceful uses of outer space.
  • Preventing national conflicts in the space domain.
  • Education and training of future generations required for development in outer space.
  • Increased global participation, collaboration, and capacity-building to encourage all nations to engage in this most promising future.
  • Creation of new space systems and technologies to help sustain life on Earth, as well as to advance a broad range of space services.
  • Innovative economic, legal, and regulatory protocols, safety standards, and cooperative alliances that can advance space development over the coming years.
GALIX is being established to enable all countries of the world — both developed and developing — to more effectively pursue and realize the benefits of space. This will involve establishing new institutional, financial, and regulatory practices to help advance collaboration in the development of new space technologies and systems that can benefit all of humankind. GALIX will promote the discovery of new space applications, sciences, and exploration, including new ways to use space that can make Earth more sustainable. It is seeking to work with all like-minded space institutions — space agencies, space research organizations, universities and training centers, aerospace companies, international alliances and professional organizations, and even student-based associations — to promote the sharing of space-related information, technology, and systems. This will include promoting worldwide development and distribution of space technologies, systems, standards, best safety practices, and educational and training materials on a cooperative basis.

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Jim Crisafulli

Global Alliance for International Collaboration in Space (GALIX)
A native of Los Angeles, Jim Crisafulli pursued joint undergraduate studies in Physics and Zoology at Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College in Claremont, California. Following a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps as a secondary school physics teacher in Fiji, he returned to... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2020 12:25pm - 1:25pm CST

12:25pm CST

The Lost Missions of Gemini
In addition to the NASA missions that perfected the technologies required for the Apollo lunar program, the Gemini spacecraft was considered for many other missions. Some of these involved a few upgrades, while others proposed highly modified variants of the basic Gemini capsule and adaptor. Most of these proposals never got past the study phase, but a few got to the mock-up stage or even the beginning of fabrication of flight hardware (e.g., MOL). The objective of this paper is to take a fresh look at the little-known Gemini applications, who sponsored them, and how they related to other contemporary space projects.

To learn more visit https://lostgeminimissions.wordpress.com.

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Michael Mackowski

Founder, St. Louis Space Frontier
Mike is receiving a Gateway to Space award.Michael J. Mackowski is a retired spacecraft engineer whose career spanned 45 years. He has worked on such programs as Landsat 8, the Fermi and Swift gamma ray observatories, the Iridium communications satellite constellation, several other... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2020 12:25pm - 1:25pm CST
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