#SpaceNerd Hangout

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Guests of all experience talk about Space

1st Tuesday of every month

Tonight’s topics: Citizen Space, Crowd-funding for Space & Robotics Revolution

Guests: Etta Devine, Dr. Philip Metzger, Libby Norcross & Amy Pillé.

Host: Cindy Marie Jenkins

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Mack A. Bradley is the founder and Principal of StandPoint Public Affairs. He has developed a reputation for excellence as a thoughtful strategic partner, specializing in strategic communications, crisis management, public affairs and media relations. His professional focus is on solving complex communications problems through thoughtful planning and considered implementation. His client experience includes Fortune 100 companies, government agencies at the local and regional level, charitable foundations, not-for-profits and religious organizations.

Etta Devine is best known for portraying the eternally optimistic loser Mary Olson in the short film “Girl’s Night Out” which garnered over 1.3 million hits on Youtube and spawned the web series “Mary Olson.”

After graduating from San Francisco State University she moved to Los Angeles  where she became half of the comedy duo “Diani & Devine” with Gabriel Diani. Often compared to “Nichols & May” and “Burns and Allen,” the two have become audience favorites at comedy clubs and festivals all over the country.

She co-produced and co-starred in the award-winning independent film “The Selling,” published the book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition],” and is a member of the A2 Ensemble at the Antaeus Theater Company.

phil1Dr. Philip Metzger is a senior research physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he founded and leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory. He performs research to utilize the soil of extraterrestrial bodies.  He was selected as Kennedy Space Center’s Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.



Houston SCH pic from MichaelLibby Norcross works at an educational space simulator called the Challenger Learning Center, where she wears a flight suit and encourages kids in science and reaching for the future. In her spare time she travels on geeky vacations, takes classes toward another college degree, doodles inspirational posters, and generally spends her time wondering how in the world she gets to have all the experiences she does.

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Amy Pillé (@A_neutron) is a corporate defense attorney practicing in Charleston, SC. She is part of a coordinating counsel team that manages product liability litigation on national, regional and local levels. She is also an avid tech and social media enthusiast, with roots in amateur radio. In what little spare time she has, Amy enjoys sleeping and getting scolded soundly by Abigail, aka Princess Pretty Paws, in the wee hours of the morning. (Shaun, Husband Extraordinaire, often helps out with Abby…no really, our household is basically just a cat entourage…for one cat.)

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We are the Explorers, a movie trailer for our space program. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-the-explorers-a-movie-trailer-for-our-space-program


30 days left. $43,485 out of $33,000 goal.  132% and still going!




Liftport Space Elevator Science. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaellaine/space-elevator-science-climb-to-the-sky-a-tethered


Complete.  $110,353 out of $8,000 goal.  1,379% wow!




The Edge and Back; 6th graders send a camera to near-orbit. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scifres/the-edge-and-back?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $5,100 out of $3,600 goal. 142%




Final Frontier designs spacesuit for the commercial space industry. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872281861/final-frontier-designs-3g-space-suit?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $27,632 out of $20,000 goal. 138%




Sending 1000 student projects to the edge of space (experiments and projects are made by kindergartners, university professors, high school science classes and home schools kids) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1569698176/1000-student-projects-to-the-edge-of-space?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $12,466 out of $9,000 goal. 139%




Uwingu  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uwingu-a-new-way-to-fund-space-exploration-research-and-education


Complete, $79,896 out of $75,000 goal. 107%




National Space Society  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-the-explorers-a-movie-trailer-for-our-space-program


Complete, $43,225 out of $33,000 goal. 131%




StarForge, a game about gathering resources, building bases, crafting anything you want, and surviving on an alien planet.http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/starforge


Complete.  $135,453 out of $75,000 goal. 181%




DIY Space Capsule Tycho Deep Space II http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/diy-space-capsule-tycho-deep-space-ii


Complete. $10,765 out of $10,000 goal. 108%




Send an Artist to Space University  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-an-artist-to-space-university


Complete.  $1,705 of $1,500 goal. 114%




Tweets in Space, beaming tweets toward possible life-supporting exoplanets.  http://www.rockethub.com/7291#description-tab


Complete.  $8,739 out of $8,500 goal. 103%




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/14882-lunar-orbiter-image-recovery-project


Complete. $62,585 out of $70,500. 89%. (not 100%, but still pretty good!)




Still on-going:




Golden Spike  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/golden-spike-is-sending-nations-and-people-to-the-moon-join-in


23 days left.  $9,317 out of $240,000 goal.  Has a new strategy to achieve goal, with 50 coordinators (one in each state or nation), each raising just $5000.




Stott Space  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lets-make-a-space-movement


7 days left, $451 out of $100,000 goal.




Ignite Passion in kids about STEM and Space: Soyuz Space Launch Adventure.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/22119-ignite-passion-in-kids-about-stem-and-space-soyuz-space-launch-adventure


46 days left.  $5,385 out of $35,000 goal.




Not as successful as hoped:




Kansas City Space Pirates laser powered flight experiment  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dawn-of-laser-powered-flight?website_name=KCSP


Complete. $2,492 of $6,000 goal. 42%.




Project NOVA, sending a weather balloon to the edge of space.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-nova


Complete.  $315 out of $800 goal. 39%




MAN ON THE MOON exhibit at Space Center Houston. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1000925937/moonbug-0


Complete.  $10,896 out of $30,000 goal. 36%




The Hubble Roadshow is an event series, http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11188-the-hubble-roadshow


Complete.  $6,080 out of estimated $55,000 goal.  11% (percentage given by online widget)




Remote control orbital spacecraft.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/join-the-remote-controlled-spacecraft-mission


Complete.  $688 out of $45,000 goal. 2%




Shackleton Energy Company http://www.rockethub.com/projects/3822-shackleton-energy-companypropellant-depots


Complete, $5,517 raised out of $1,200,000 goal. 0.5%




Canadian Air and Space Museum http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-new-canadian-air-space-museum


Complete.  $23,939 of $500,000 goal. 5%




Shackleton Crater lunar colonization strategy game http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470015043/shackleton-crater?ref=discover_pop


Canceled about ½ through. $27,460 out of $700,000 goal. 4% when canceled.




Spacepoints, developing an online community to share space news and excitement. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/10943-support-space-outreach-at-ludicrous-speeds


Complete.  $190 out of (approx?) $10,000 goal. 2% (percentage reported by online widget)




SpaceOps, build a space capsule.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11042-put-the-usa-back-in-space-today


Complete.  $210. Goal somewhere in $20,000 range.  Reported as 1% per widget.




SHAAKE Mission – CSDC@YorkU, design and build a small satellite.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/6569-shaake-mission-csdc-yorku


Complete.  $200. Goal somewhere in $20,000 range.  Reported as 1% per widget.




Arc Light-High Altitude Balloon Project. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/6022-arc-light-high-altitude-balloon-project


Complete. $60 out of approx. $500 goal. 12%




1st Vehicle Racing Championship on the Moon, preparing the 1st Vehicle Racing Championship on the Moon.http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11734-1st-vehicle-racing-championship-on-the-moon


Complete. $10. Goal estimated $1000. 1% per widget.



Boot Camp for Space Entrepreneurs.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11843-crowdfund-boot-camp-for-space-entrepreneurs


Complete.  $240. Goal in $10,000 range.  2% per widget.




Note:  Planetary Resources was in the news in June and July of 2012 that they were considering a Kickstarter Campaign, but they never did initiate one.




Movies that are maybe not so much related to promoting space:


Rocketship Misfits, a movie about a young man who struggles to hide his past from those that depend on him in a nation-wide space shuttle prototype competition.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocketship-misfits


Complete. $2,500 out of $5,000 goal.


Rocket Men, a movie about two middle-aged men who try to build a homemade rocket and travel to space. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocket-men


Complete.  $3,500 out of $3,500 goal.





  1. Okay, so the topic of robotics is SOOOOO HUGE! One thing I thought of regarding this topic was, of course, SPACE robots. Lots of people who come through our doors here at Challenger Center think that NASA has closed its doors now that the Space Shuttle program is over, but in addition to all the great work that’s being done on manned spaceflight, NASA has a great roster of robotic spacecraft out exploring the skies.

    One of my favorite resources to see what missions are up there, see data from these missions, link to these missions’ own sites, etc. is actually from one of last month’s Space Nerd Hangout contributors, Bill Dunford. His website, http://www.ridingwithrobots.org, is a fantastic place to start learning about robots in space! You should ALL check it out!

    • Amy says:

      Agreed, Bill’s site is teh awesomesauce. Also, the Planetary Society has some cool stuff too. Can’t emphasize the FIRST robotics competition that Mack talked about either, or the Lunabotics competition coming up!!! So many subjects, so little time 🙂

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