March 2010

Expedition 23 Soyuz Rollout

Expedition 23 Soyuz Rollout

The Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft arrived by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March, 31, 2010. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 23 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko and NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2010 at 12:04 a.m. Eastern.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Source: Trevor Wyse
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
10 Year Anniversary Celebration of …

The World Space Party
Human Spaceflight became a reality 45 years ago with the launch of a
bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1.” The capsule was carrying Soviet
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who took his place in history as the first human to
leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.  This year over 100 parties
in 36 countries are joining together to celebrate this historic event. Click
here to see the events from around the world:

KILOWATTS – Live  (mothership, thoughtless, harmonious discord, PA)
QUADE – Live EP Release Set (bartek, bim tim, ball of waxx)
BRIAN SEED (moontribe, ball of wax, everytone)
JOHN KELLEY (ball of waxx)
ALIGNING MINDS – Live  (aleph zero, transistor, boltfish, DC)
THE GREAT MUNDANE  – Live  (run riot, psymbolic, Chicago)

Art Gallery curated by Michael Divine & Jimmy Bleyer:
Live paint & bodyart by Michael & Violet Divine:
Atmosphere’s by Adam Christoff & Blooming Sakura
Altars by Electric Cocoon
Raw Food by Living Art
Photo Booth by:
Tea Lounge by Om Shan Tea
Reiki Massage by Margot

$15 before 11pm – $20 after
10% of proceeds go to benefit the Temple of Visions art gallery
10pm til 5am
21 and over
Turbo Sound

*Space Station*
Area 33
11822 Teale St.
Culver City, 90230
Google Map:


KILOWATTS  (mothership, thoughtless, harmonious discord, PA)
James Watts is the mind behind KiloWatts and his many different projects and
styles. His first album  “Ground State” released on Native State Records,
home to fellow pioneers Bluetech and Shen.  It’s a collection of sweaty
psychedelic downtempo grooves, churning molasses-thick basslines, and
undulating synthetic sonorous mandalas,  a whirlwind of mindblowing digital
wizardry in the form of glitches and edits. His fluency in piano is evident
throughout his work which embraces the bulk of electronic genres including
breaks, idm,  downtempo and techno…
Interview with Kilowatts:

QUADE  (bartek, bim tim, ball of waxx)
***Celebrating the release of The QUADE Ep
Quade is mid-tempo dancefloor madness from the twisted minds of DJ’s Bartek
and Bim Tim, combining influences from breakbeat, dub, electro, hip hop, and
IDM. Bartek and Bim Tim’s musical chemistry was formed while rocking LA’s
underground music scene as members of Rootabreaka. During their live
-performance QUADE provides true entertainment with live scratching,
sampling, FX processing, on the fly mash-ups, and fluid mixing of their
original music. Look for QUADE’s new EP from Ball Of Waxx records on Itunes,
Addictech, and Beatport.

BRIAN SEED (moontribe, ball of wax, Everytone)
Brian Seed has built an international following over many years behind the
decks, from Moontribe desert parties to clubs and festivals around the
world, spinning breaks, acid house, trance, tribal, and progressive techno.
His sound is never pinned down to one style, but his ear is unique and dj
sets are unlike anyone else- often breaking down musical boundaries. He’s
also an accomplished music producer, sound designer, mixer, music supervisor
and composer for TV, films, video games and commercials, and is currently
working on a new studio album.

JOHN KELLEY (ball of waxx)
One of Moontribe’s original DJs, John initially made a name for himself as a
tribal breakbeat maven.  A heavy hitter in the global DJ circuit, touring
with Crystal Method and Orbital as their official DJ, John has earned his
badge over the years as an underground trendsetter. His tastes and talents
range across the BPM scale from tribal house and techno to hard psychedelic
breakbeat and uplifting progressive sounds and all the way down to ambient
and funky downtempo. Integrating all of these tastes with his DJ intuition,
John brings a unique sensitivity to electronic music. He knows how to move
the mind, body and soul.

ALIGNING MINDS  (aleph zero, transistor, boltfish, DC)
The Aligning Minds sound is melodic and bass heavy. It’s emotionally charged
future music that rides on hypnotic breakbeats, infectious basslines, dubby
soundscapes, and idm experimentation for one to dance or lounge to. They’ve
collaborated and performed with and alongside artists as varied as Edit,
OTT, Shen, Ana Cia, Kilowatts, Phuture Primitive, AMD and the list
continues. They are currently working on a full length album for Aleph Zero
Recordings and an EP for Native State Records.

THE GREAT MUNDANE (run riot, psymbolic, Chicago)
Shaped by a “Do It Yourself” culture, Jeffrey Acciaioli was driven by his
love of music to create the moniker The Great Mundane at first to only
satisfy himself. His broad range of favorites and training allow us to enjoy
his “one of a kind” sound that is anything but mundane. The twisting
textures, catchy drum whips, and unique soundscapes leave us with a melodic
collage that is unlike anything we’ve heard before. first introduced into
the Chicago music scene before taking his passion and energy nation wide,
international ears were soon falling upon his unique sounds and requesting
his talents.  The Great Mundane worked with Belladonna Records to release
two EP’s and shortly thereafter signed as an artist to release his debut
album “When Falls Arrive” with Psymbolic-sounds.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs which will be discussed at this upcoming, free meeting.  These are US government programs which fund early-stage R&D projects at small technology companies.

Free Event in Irvine, CaliforniaSaturday  April 10, 2010

Co-Sponsored by: AIAA – Los Angeles Enterprise Network and IEEE/ECSC + OCEN
Hosted by:
Moderator: Dennis Wonica, Ph.D. LaserLight Networks, Inc.

Cost Free

Location: Irvine, California

PDF flyer SBIR Event April 2010

Enjoy Space : The rapid growth of New Space.

Source: Press Release
MARCH 30, 2010


LAS CRUCES – As part of New Mexico Space Grant Consortium’s mission to promote space programs and education to New Mexico students and educators, the second annual Education Launch will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 1 from Spaceport America. Along with carrying experiments designed and created by New Mexico students into space, the SL-4 launch vehicle will also be dedicated to the memory of a Farmington science and technology teacher who died of breast cancer in 2005.

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Director Dr. Patricia Hynes said, “The promise of a new commercial space industry has created an increased interest in technology and science programs in New Mexico classrooms. The Education Launch gives our students the ability to launch their experiments into space, which is something that inspires visionary educators like Debbie Prell.”

Debbie Prell was a physics teacher at Farmington High School when she became involved with the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium’s Education Launch program. She worked with her students to build high-powered model rockets and electronic payloads for many years. She later taught physics at San Juan College in Farmington and continued to work with the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to offer scholarships to her students, and worked on weekend science programs for middle- and high-school students. Debbie died of breast cancer in 2005, and her family, friends and students established the Deborah Ann Prell Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Endowment to continue her work.

“The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is proud to have had Debbie Prell as a partner, and we are continuing her work through her endowment,” said Dr. Patricia Hynes. “Working with UP Aerospace, which is providing the SL-4 launch vehicle for this launch, we are dedicating this launch to Debbie’s memory with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness painted on the rocket.” In addition, many of the launch participants will wear special pink shirts that read, “Rocket Scientists are Tough Enough to Wear Pink.”

The Education Launch is open to the public by reservation via coach transportation for $20 per person. Registrants can go online to: to reserve their space and make payment. No private vehicles are allowed to the launch site.

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program that is administered by NASA and sponsored by New Mexico State University. The program promotes and inspires lifelong learning in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as it pertains to space-related activities. The consortium supports a wide range of projects and scholarship opportunities, including the Student Launch Program. New Mexico students build multi-sensor electronic experiments that use the environment of sub-orbital space to further their hands-on scientific and engineering experience.

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For additional information, visit or contact Aaron Perez, Program Coordinator at or call 575-646-6414

The World Space Party

Yuri's Night 2010: San Francisco Bay Area

Message from a Bay Area Yuri’s night participant Sam Coniglio,

Once again, Yuri’s Night has returned to NASA Ames.  It’s a huge event, even looks…mainstream:

My friends from Robogames will be there demoing their robots.  Also SpaceBridge, a San Francisco-based hacker collective, will show off their low cost launch system.

This year YNBA is also teaming up with the Conrad Innovation Summit, which is promoting innovation in space tech with high school kids.  They have a rock star collection of speakers, including Richard Garriott and Anousheh Ansari!  Oh yeah, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, will be there.  Check out the schedule here:

YNBA Schedule:
Education Focus Day
(FREE for Bay Area students)

Multimedia Festival Day

Oh yeah, I’m also doing a little speech on Saturday at 1pm.  Maybe you can stop by and say hello.


Below are links to favorite photos from last year’s New York City Yuri’s Night party in a Picasa album:
There were  shot by my  event producer Emilia Sixtensson of Events by E.     good quick edited video
opening with Flynn, then Jedi battles, dancing (Elizabeth in high hair and
black corset), and My Robot Friend at 2009 party:  with music 2009 Space
Fashion Show at Waldorf Astoria, curated by Misuzu Onuki of Space Frontier
Elizabeth Kennick, Producer
Larisa (2009 coproducer)
Flynn: NY Jedi Master, coproducer
Guy Watson (guest, costumer)
NY Jedi battle
Planet Spandexia (costumers)
My Robot Friend (performer)

Source YouTube

Escape Vehicle No 6, Simon Faithfull, 2004 (The Arts Catalyst)

Simon Faithfulls Escape Vehicle no.6 started as a live event commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for its 2004 Artists Airshow. The live audience witnessed the launching of a weather balloon with a domestic chair dangling in space beneath it. Once the apparatus had disappeared into the sky, they then watched a live video relay from the weather balloon on a giant screen as it journeyed from the ground to the edge of space (30km up).

Now presented as a non-live video work, the footage shows the chair first rush away from the fields and roads, ascend through clouds and finally (against the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space) begin to disintegrate. The chilling nature of the film is that the empty chair invites the audience to imagine taking a journey to an uninhabitable realm where it is impossible to breath, the temperature is minus 60 below and the sky now resembles the blackness of space.

Source: CSA

Suggest a Target for NASA’s HiRISE

You are challenged to help choose some regions of Mars for HiRISE to image that probably contained water at the surface in the past. The HiRISE team will pick several suggestions and image them with the camera in the coming months. Your team will represent the first people on Earth to see the resulting image and will have the chance to search for signs of water in the image. Imaging site proposals are due April 5. Visit

Source: Singularity University

Peter Diamandis, Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University, discusses the best way to predict the future, and shares his personal philosophies on innovation and the commercial space industry. Flimed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, March 2010.

David Barnhart, Director of the Aerospace Technology & Systems Center (ISI) and Assoc Director, Space Engineering Research Center (USC) has graciously offered to host the next Meet Up.

Wed. April 7, 2010.
6:30 pm

Outline of evening
David Barnhart, the Director at the Aerospace Technology & Systems Center at USC’s I.S.T. will be our host for the evening and will show us what space initiatives they are involved. We will also have the opportunity to tour the the lunar lander lab and the Satellite integration facility. Both are at the building where the Meet UP will be hosted.

U.S.C's LEAPFROG (second hover)

U.S.C’s I.S.I

Please note that the lab portion of the evening will be open only to U.S. citizens since parts of this facility are under ITAR control.


You can park across the street on Mindanao in the public parking ($5 flat rate), down at Burton Chace park and walk (free during the week), or they can pay the higher rates in the parking structure between the two buildings (max up to $15). It is possible to park across the street at Ralphs, however it is not recommended, unknown if they check at night etc.

U.S.C's I.S.I


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