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St. Louis Gateway to Space 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


A one day conference with keynote speakers, and discussion, on the settlement and exploration of space. This year is in conjunction with the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11! Join us for an exciting session on the future of humanity in space, including space habitats, space farms, space efforts from all over, and future space missions.
Gateway to Space 2018 focuses on an important space settlement destination: The Moon. This one day conference about living and working on the Moon includes a tour of the Destination Moon exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center.

Kick off the morning with coffee and registration at 8:30am, followed by a warm welcome from St. Louis Space Frontier president Christine Nobbe. Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Schubert, a renowed researcher, author, and inventor from IUPUI, will present on two topics described in detail below. Local experts, Dave Dietzler and Bryce Meyer, will share information on in situ resource mining and space farming. During lunch, a salad and sandwich buffet, we will honor two Gateway to Space awardees, two people who are making significant contributions to the St. Louis Space Community. Exploring the Destination Moon exhibit, with the Apollo 11 command module and other artifacts, reminds us of our dream to settle the Moon and leads us to advocate for the Moon Village, a concept that will be discussed at Gateway to Space 2018.

An optional, pay your own way, dinner is being planned for 6pm at a favorite St. Louis restaurant. (more information to follow)

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Peter J. Schubert is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and serves there as the Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. His doctorate is from Purdue, Masters from Cincinnati, and he holds Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Washington University, where he was a member of the Thurtene Leadership Honorary. He has 42 patents in the US plus 13 more in the EU, and has published over 100 technical papers in 11 distinct fields of study. Schubert has been Principal Investigator on research grants from DoD, DOE, USDA, NSF, and GSA, plus two SBIRs from NASA, and ran an experiment on the Vomit Comet including 27 lunar gravity parabolas. Peter’s primary interest is Space Solar Power derived from lunar and asteroidal materials.

Dr. Schubert’s first talk: Pathway to Power via the Moon

This is a TED talk format for a compelling vision whereby a lunar village, which is self-sufficient when including C-class asteroidal materials, can be used to fabricate the components of a GEO-located solar power satellite. The enterprise will be cash positive. But more important, the pathway between 2018 and this vision is laid down so that each step is cash-positive. A key is the use of cryptocurrency and smart contracts with a new token to be introduced publicly for the first time at GtS 2018.

Dr. Schubert’s second talk: Corruption Resistant Governance for Space

Humans are often selfish, greedy, and inconsiderate and to govern themselves requires a means by which corruption is thwarted. Stochastic Democracy is one candidate for home rule of space habitats which meets these criteria. Results from three previously published AIAA papers will be summarized, followed by a preview of a fourth paper to be published at SPACE 2018 a few weeks later.

Additional information is on Eventbrite.


Saturday, September 1, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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5050 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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