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MIT Enterprise Forum: Advances in Energy Storage, Batteries, and Metal Extraction

February 13th, 2015 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum are hosting a discussion on technological advances in batteries by MIT professor Donald Sadoway.

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.

Save the Date: Anousheh Ansari to speak at Rice

January 26th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us at Rice for the next installment of the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures.  We are very happy to announce that the first ever female private space explorer, Anousheh Ansari (http://www.anoushehansari.com), will be our next speaker.

Please note that the day and time is very different from our usual lectures.

DATE/TIME:  Friday February 6 at 4pm.

Location and further details to follow.

Rice Campus Observatory Open House: Friday January 23

January 23rd, 2015 by David Alexander


New Continuing Studies Course for Spring 2015

January 21st, 2015 by David Alexander

Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University presents

Space Exploration in the 21st Century  

by Dr. David Alexander, Director Rice Space Institute

In this course, participants will explore the status of space exploration in the 21st century and how it is changing to
encompass broader participation and engagement. We are witnessing a gradual transition from large-scale,
government-led exploration to a more versatile and agile approach as private enterprises become increasingly
involved. Each lecture in the series will explore a different aspect of the space ecosystem including developing space
for the benefit of life on Earth, international collaboration in space, exploring Mars, space tourism and more.

Co-Sponsor: Rice Space Institute

Details at http://glasscock.rice.edu/space-exploration-21st-century

Google Hangout with Astronaut Tim Peake : Wednesday January 28

January 21st, 2015 by David Alexander

The British Consulate General, Houston and the UK Science and Innovation Network is collaborating with the European Space Agency, the UK Space Agency and NASA to host a Google Hangout featuring British ESA Astronaut Tim Peak. In advance of Tim’s historic mission to the International Space Station, Tim will discuss the use of robotics in space with Rosetta Scientist Matt Taylor. The audience is encouraged tweet questions for the two using the hashtag #RobotsInSpace.

Tim Peake is the first British ESA Astronaut to visit the International Space Station and is scheduled to launch in November 2015. He is completing part of his training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Matt Taylor is a scientist from the UK who is leading on ESA’s Rosetta project which succesfully put the Philae Lander on a comet – a world first.


Details about the Google Hangout:

What: Google Hangout featuring Tim Peake and Matt Taylor, hosted on the European Space Agency’s Google+ Page

When: Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 11:00 a.m. US Central Time

Tweet questions using #RobotsInSpace.

For updates on the Google Hangout, follow @UKinTX on Twitter.



Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Wednesday January 14

January 3rd, 2015 by David Alexander

Happy New Year to one an all!  Please join us as we open the Spring Spaceport Lecture series on Wednesday January 14 with a talk by Stuart Martin of the Satellite Applications Catapult.  See here for details.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Weather Modeling event on November 12

November 2nd, 2014 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum are hosting a discussion on modeling the weather and climate with local experts.

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.

Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Wednesday Nov 19

November 2nd, 2014 by David Alexander

Our next lecture, the last for the semester will be on Wednesday Nov 19 by Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle.

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University,  Reception at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00pm

UPDATE: Kellie Gerardi to host special guests at Spaceport Lecture Oct 22.

October 1st, 2014 by David Alexander

Spaceport Lecture: Kellie Gerardi October 22

As part of her Spaceport lecture at Rice on October 22,  Kellie Gerardi will conduct a Skype interview with two prominent leaders in space policy,: Charles Miller and James Muncy. 

Mr. Miller is the President of NexGen Space LLC.  He previously served as NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space and is also the co-founder of Nanoracks LLC.   Mr. Muncy is a long-time leader in the space advocacy community and is the founder of PoliSpace. Prior to PoliSpace, he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.

Details Here.

Director of Arecibo Observatory to give public talk at Rice

October 1st, 2014 by David Alexander

Please join RSI as we host Dr. Robert Kerr, Director of the Arecibo Observatory for a public talk:

What’s up at Arecibo Observatory?

DATE: Monday October 6

TIME: 4:00pm

LOCATION: Herman Brown Hall, Rm 227  [See Map for directions]