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M/B Research has assisted the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah
State University, in both the technical and marketing arenas for
M/B Research has produced two major technical books relevant
to space technology: Emerging Technologies Vol. III (which has
a chapter on advanced space propulsion) and the two-volume Electromagnetic
Launch Systems. Both were published by Forecast International/DMS
International of Newtown CT, (203)426-0800. The president of M/B
Research, Carolyn Meinel, also wrote a significant portion of
the first edition of Forecast International's World Space Systems
Forecast. This book is the bible of space technology market research.
M/B Research has also done proprietary studies on space technologies
for companies including Shimizu, IHI and Science Applications
International Corp., and has provided marketing assistance to
American Rocket Company.
National Space Society
M/B Research President Carolyn Meinel has been active in space
technology since founding the L-5 Society for Space Development
in 1975. L-5 stands for Lagrangian Libration Point number 5 (as
everyone knows!:^)), a place in space equidistant from the Earth
and Moon. Because of intriguing orbital mechanics aspects of these
libration points, they are likely to someday be the home of the
cities, farms and factories that will be the foundation of civilizations
in space. In 1986 the L-5 Society and National Space Institute
merged to form the National Space
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Advanced Concepts Office
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Naval Research Lab
Air Force Research Lab
There are several news groups on Usenet which are invaluable
for gathering information on space technology:
- Sci.space.policy is unmoderated.
For this reason, it is the fastest -- but also least reliable
-- way to get news. In addition, several top space policy gurus
regularly post there, most notably John Pike of the Federation
of American Scientists and Dwayne Allen Day of Georgetown University.
Other stars post there, for example, prolific author and UFO-basher
James C. Oberg; and Lori Garver, executive director of the National
Space Society. However, this group also gets lots of posts from
UFO mavens, mad scientists and obsessed flamers. A newsreader
with a killfile is recommended.
- Sci.space.tech, by contrast,
is moderated. If you want to understand the basics of space technology
without being bombarded on the one hand by nuts and flamers,
or on the other hand by abstruse material about, say -- Michelson
interferometers! -- this is a great newsgroup.
- Sci.space.news is a moderated
group carrying NASA press releases and reports, typically of
a highly technical nature.
- Sci.space.science is
a moderated group more appropriate for space science professionals.
is a moderated group serving professionals working on navigation
- Sci.geo.eos is a moderated
group serving those working on NASA's Earth Observation System
is a moderated group that covers astronomy and astrophysics.
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