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NASA at 60
NASA at 60

Von Karman Lecture Series - September

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NASA@60: The Role of the Robots

Sept. 6 & 7

Much has changed about the way we explore space in the 60 years since NASA began operations on Oct. 1, 1958. Today’s robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But did you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent to the Moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to extend our senses above and beyond Earth and to blaze a trail as precursors for human explorers. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this panel discussion will look back over the decades at how far our robotic exploration has come, and consider where we might be headed.

Part one of the program will focus on major milestones in robotic exploration, what it took to reach those accomplishments, how far we’ve come, and how have spacecraft changed over the years. Part two will focus on new developments we might look for in robotic spacecraft in the next couple of decades. What demands will we be placing on spacecraft, in terms of capabilities and destinations, that are different?

Preston Dyches – JPL Public Outreach Specialist

Panel Speakers:
Rob Manning
Julie Webster
Charles Norton
Anne Marinan
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7pm
The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
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Friday, September 7, 2018, 7pm
Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium
1200 E California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
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Click here to watch the event live on Ustream


Make a note I plan to try and live-record these two series.  If not download latter.

Bob... Ninja Assimilated
"The Morning Light, No sensation to compare to this, suspended animation, state of bliss, I keep my eyes on the circling sky, tongue tied and twisted just and Earth Bound Martian I" Learning to Fly Pink Floyd [Video:]
ANA HOLDINGS and JAXA Partner to Create a New Space Industry  Centered Around Real-World Avatars

Sept 5, 2018  10:32 PM EST

September 6, 2018 (JST)

ANA HOLDINGS and JAXA Partner to Create a New Space Industry Centered Around Real-World Avatars
"AVATAR X" program launches to boost humanity's access to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

TOKYO, Sept. 6, 2018 - ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter ANA HD) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are proud to announce the launch of "AVATAR X," a multi-phased program to revolutionize space exploration and development using real-world Avatars (*1) .

AVATAR X aims to capitalize on the growing space-based economy by accelerating development of real-world Avatars that will enable humans to remotely build camps on the Moon, support long-term space missions and further explore space from afar.

AVATAR X is part of "ANA's AVATAR Vision (*2) ," a breakthrough endeavor to advance and pioneer real-world Avatar technologies, and JAXA's new research and development program "J-SPARC" (JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation). Together with a growing list of public and private partners, AVATAR X hopes to catalyze new space-based businesses that will provide key services and an unprecedented level of access to space.

Some of the new business fields that AVATAR X aims to unlock, using real-world Avatars, include:

・Remote construction in space, including the lunar surface and Mars
・Operation and maintenance of space stations and facilities from Earth
・Space-based entertainment and travel for the general public

The first phase of AVATAR X starts in 2018 with the establishment of the AVATAR X consortium. The consortium will be the official forum to discuss and construct a roadmap for the AVATAR X program. The consortium is open to companies and organizations from all sectors that are interested in jointly pioneering this new space initiative.

The second phase consists of building the "AVATAR X Lab@OITA" in Japan's southern prefecture of Oita. This facility will be the world's first dedicated Avatar space test field. Key telecommunication and research infrastructure will be installed at the facility to enable testing for Avatars in space scenarios defined by the AVATAR X consortium. Unique structures, designed by award-winning architecture firm CLOUDS Architecture Office (*3) (CLOUDS AO), will also be built at the AVATAR X Lab@OITA to house research facilities, conference and exhibition rooms as well as restaurants and other amenities for researchers and visitors.

Planned for the early 2020's, the third phase of AVATAR X will transport technologies developed at the AVATAR X Lab@OITA to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for testing in space. Once the capabilities of these new technologies are confirmed in the space environment, the fourth phase will begin. Phase four involves deploying AVATAR X technology to begin building and further exploring the Moon, Mars and beyond.

"ANA is driven by a bold and inspiring vision of the future of flight and this boldness doesn't stop on our planet," said Shinya Katanozaka, President and CEO of ANA HD. "Through innovative partnerships, like AVATAR X, we are excited about the possibilities of what we can accomplish and where we can go when the private and public sectors join forces."
AVATAR X Website:

*1. A real-world Avatar is essentially a robot controlled by a human that will enable a person to see, hear, feel and interact freely in a remote environment in real-time. Each Avatar consists of an operator apparatus (pilot) and remote apparatus (Avatar) that are in complete synchronization. The intentions of the operator are transmitted to the remote Avatar and the resulting sensations of sight, sound and touch detected by the remote Avatar are fed back to the operator.

*2. ANA AVATAR Vision website:
   ANA AVATAR Vision press release:

*3. CLOUDS AO was awarded first place in NASA's Centennial Challenge Mars Habitat Competition

Current AVATAR X Members


Reference links for further information:


National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
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Public Affairs Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Ochanomizu sola city,
4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8008 Japan


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If we can't go in person; this may be best 2nd choice

Bob... Ninja Assimilated
"The Morning Light, No sensation to compare to this, suspended animation, state of bliss, I keep my eyes on the circling sky, tongue tied and twisted just and Earth Bound Martian I" Learning to Fly Pink Floyd [Video:]
I'm not going to any of the planets,
unless I have my own private luxury Cadillac Space Cruiser,
or to any stars without direct deposit Star Gate service.

I don't want to play their videodrome avatar, pretend-a-planetary experience, video games

looking at all the artist selections for Space Cruiser ... they all suck.

I like the Oumuamua model

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images of worm holes leave a lot to be desired as well,
this one looked Ok on the outside but rather uninviting on the interior ...

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leaves one with a bit of a queezy feeling  Cry

I want two opposite ends of the universe -- 
as two doorway sized vertical planar 2D slices --  
to meld together as one and the same,
and you just

piece - of - cake  
interstellar travel
is the only way to go 

All the rest is just as much and worse,
science fiction bullshit.


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