SPACE/GROUPS - Space Activist/Interest/Research Groups and Space Publications

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AIA -- Aerospace Industry Association. Professional group, with primary
membership of major aerospace firms. Headquartered in the DC area.
Acts as the "voice of the aerospace industry" -- and it's opinions
are usually backed up by reams of analyses and the reputations of
the firms in AIA.

1250 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

AIAA -- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Professional association, with somewhere about 30,000-40,000
members. 65 local chapters around the country -- largest chapters
are DC area (3000 members), LA (2100 members), San Francisco (2000
members), Seattle/NW (1500), Houston (1200) and Orange County
(1200), plus student chapters. Not a union, but acts to represent
aviation and space professionals (engineers, managers, financial
types) nationwide. Holds over 30 conferences a year on space and
aviation topics publishes technical Journals (Aerospace Journal,
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, etc.), technical reference books
and is _THE_ source on current aerospace state of the art through
their published papers and proceedings. Also offers continuing
education classes on aerospace design. Has over 60 technical
committees, and over 30 committees for industry standards. AIAA acts
as a professional society -- offers a centralized resume/jobs
function, provides classes on job search, offers low-cost health and
life insurance, and lobbies for appropriate legislation (AIAA was
one of the major organizations pushing for IRAs - Individual
Retirement Accounts). Very active public policy arm -- works
directly with the media, congress and government agencies as a
legislative liaison and clearinghouse for inquiries about aerospace
technology technical issues. Reasonably non-partisan, in that they
represent the industry as a whole, and not a single company,
organization, or viewpoint.

Membership $70/yr (student memberships are less).

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The Aerospace Center
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20077-0820

AMSAT - develops small satellites (since the 1960s) for a variety of
uses by amateur radio enthusiasts. Has various publications,
supplies QuickTrak satellite tracking software for PC/Mac/Amiga etc.

Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)
P.O. Box 27
Washington, DC 20044

ASRI (Australian Space Research Institute Ltd, formerly ASERA). An
Australian non-profit organisation to coordinate, promote, and
conduct space R&D projects in Australia, involving both Australian
and international (primarily university) collaborators. Activities
include the development of sounding rockets, small satellites
(especially microsatellites), high-altitude research balloons, and
appropriate payloads. Provides student projects at all levels, and
is open to any person or organisation interested in participating.
Publishes a monthly newsletter and a quarterly technical journal.

Membership $A100 (dual subscription)
Subscriptions $A25 (newsletter only) $A50 (journal only)

PO Box 184
Ryde, NSW, Australia, 2112

BIS - British Interplanetary Society. Probably the oldest pro-space
group, BIS publishes two excellent journals: _Spaceflight_, covering
current space activities, and the _Journal of the BIS_, containing
technical papers on space activities from near-term space probes to
interstellar missions. BIS has published a design study for an
interstellar probe called _Daedalus_.

British Interplanetary Society
27/29 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1SZ

No dues information available at present.

CSS - A federally-incorporated non-profit Canadian corporation. Inspired
by the old L5 Society, its principal objective is to sponsor and
promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of Space.
This is intended to allow the group to grow in cooperation, rather
than in competition, with other space development organizations
(such as the National Space Society, the Space Studies Institute,
and the British Interplanetary Society), while meeting a real need
for an effective Canadian space-development advocacy group.

CSS holds monthly lecture meetings on space topics at an active
chapter in Toronto; an Ottawa chapter has been active in the past,
and Montreal and Vancouver chapters are being worked on. CSS
publishes a newsletter, ``The Canadian Space Gazette'' and has run
several space conferences, the largest being the upcoming 1994
International Space Development Conference (together with the NSS).
CSS also has participated in several space design projects, most
notably the development of a preliminary design of a solar sail
racing spacecraft under the ``Columbus 500'' initiative. Annual dues
are $25/year ($15/year for full-time students, $100/year for
corporate members).

Canadian Space Society
43 Moregate Crescent
Bramalea, Ontario
Answering Machine: (416)-626-0505
CSS BBS: (905)-458-5907 (8N1, up to 2400 buad)

ISECCo - International Space Exploration & Colonization Co. Non-profit
research and developement organization building, first project is a
Closed Ecological Life Support System (CELSS). Annual newsletter
$10/5 years, or write for a complimentary copy.

P.O. Box 60885
Fairbanks, AK 99706

ISU - International Space University. ISU is a non-profit international
graduate-level educational institution dedicated to promoting the
peaceful exploration and development of space through multi-cultural
and multi-disciplinary space education and research. For further
information on ISU's summer session program or Permanent Campus
activities please send messages to '' or
contact the ISU Executive Offices at:

International Space University
955 Massachusetts Avenue 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617)-354-1987 (phone)
(617)-354-7666 (fax)

L-5 Society (defunct). Founded by Keith and Carolyn Henson in 1975 to
advocate space colonization. Its major success was in preventing US
participation in the UN "Moon Treaty" in the late 1970s. Merged with
the National Space Institute in 1987, forming the National Space

NSC - National Space Club. Open for general membership, but not well
known at all. Primarily comprised of professionals in aerospace
industry. Acts as information conduit and social gathering group.
Active in DC, with a chapter in LA. Monthly meetings with invited
speakers who are "heavy hitters" in the field. Annual "Outlook on
Space" conference is _the_ definitive source of data on government
annual planning for space programs. Cheap membership (approx

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NSS - the National Space Society. NSS is a pro-space group distinguished
by its network of local chapters. Supports a general agenda of space
development and man-in-space, including the NASA space station.
Publishes _Ad Astra_, a monthly glossy magazine, and runs Shuttle
launch tours and Space Hotline telephone services. A major sponsor
of the annual space development conference. Associated with
Spacecause and Spacepac, political lobbying organizations.

Membership $20 (youth/senior) $35 (regular).

National Space Society
Membership Department
922 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003-2140

Planetary Society - founded by Carl Sagan. The largest space advocacy
group. Publishes _Planetary Report_, a monthly glossy, and has
supported SETI hardware development financially. Agenda is primarily
support of space science, recently amended to include an
international manned mission to Mars.

The Planetary Society
65 North Catalina Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
email or

Membership $35/year (ask about the unadvertised student rate).

SAS - Space Access Society. Dedicated to promoting affordable, reliable
access to space. Currently concentrating on supporting the DC-X SSRT
project; expects to change focus to SSTO-suitable engines, and
possibly other government X-rocket projects in parallel with and
complementary to the existing SSRT path.

Space Access Society
4855 E Warner Rd #24-150
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(602)-431-9283 voice/fax

Membership $30/year, $1000/lifetime; includes email updates. $50 for
email plus mailed hardcopy ($25 extra outside the US).

SSI - the Space Studies Institute, founded by Dr. Gerard O'Neill.
Physicist Freeman Dyson took over the Presidency of SSI after
O'Neill's death in 1992. Publishes _SSI Update_, a bimonthly
newsletter describing work-in-progress. Conducts a research program
including mass-drivers, lunar mining processes and simulants,
composites from lunar materials, solar power satellites. Runs the
biennial Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing.

Membership $25/year. Senior Associates ($100/year and up) fund most
SSI research.

Space Studies Institute
258 Rosedale Road
PO Box 82
Princeton, NJ 08540

SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Founded in
1980 at MIT and Princeton. SEDS is a chapter-based pro-space
organization at high schools and universities around the world.
Entirely student run. Each chapter is independent and coordinates
its own local activities. Nationally, SEDS runs a scholarship
competition, design contests, and holds an annual international
conference and meeting in late summer.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
MIT Room W20-445
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Dues determined by local chapter.

SPACECAUSE - A political lobbying organization and part of the NSS
Family of Organizations. Publishes a bi-monthly newsletter,
Spacecause News. Annual dues is $25. Members also receive a discount
on _The Space Activist's Handbook_. Activities to support pro-space
legislation include meeting with political leaders and interacting
with legislative staff. Spacecause primarily operates in the
legislative process.

National Office West Coast Office
Spacecause Spacecause
922 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 3435 Ocean Park Blvd.
Washington, DC 20003 Suite 201-S
(202)-543-1900 Santa Monica, CA 90405

SPACEPAC - A political action committee and part of the NSS Family of
Organizations. Spacepac researches issues, policies, and candidates.
Each year, updates _The Space Activist's Handbook_. Current Handbook
price is $25. While Spacepac does not have a membership, it does
have regional contacts to coordinate local activity. Spacepac
primarily operates in the election process, contributing money and
volunteers to pro-space candidates.

922 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

UK-SEDS - United Kingdom SEDS affiliate (see above). Undertaking a
number of hardware projects including microsatellites, sounding
rockets, and a space shuttle Getaway Special experiment. Also
conducting studies for advanced propulsion systems and probes. Has
their own magazine, Aurora.

Contact through the Royal Aeronautical Society (I don't have an
address for this - ed.)

UNITED STATES SPACE FOUNDATION - a public, non-profit organization
supported by member donations and dedicated to promoting
international education, understanding and support of space. The
group hosts an annual conference for teachers and others interested
in education. Other projects include developing lesson plans that
use space to teach other basic skills such as reading. Publishes
"Spacewatch," a monthly B&W glossy magazine of USSF events and
general space news. Annual dues:

Charter $50 ($100 first year)
Individual $35
Teacher $29
College student $20
HS/Jr. High $10
Elementary $5
Founder & $1000+
Life Member

United States Space Foundation
PO Box 1838
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

WORLD SPACE FOUNDATION - has been designing and building a solar-sail
spacecraft for longer than any similar group; many JPL employees
lend their talents to this project. WSF also provides partial
funding for the Palomar Sky Survey, an extremely successful search
for near-Earth asteroids. Publishes *Foundation News* and
*Foundation Astronautics Notebook*, each a quarterly 4-8 page
newsletter. Contributing Associate, minimum of $15/year (but more
money always welcome to support projects).

World Space Foundation
Post Office Box Y
South Pasadena, California 91030-1000


Aerospace Daily (McGraw-Hill)
Very good coverage of aerospace and space issues. Approx. $1400/yr.

Air & Space / Smithsonian (bimonthly magazine) - A glossy magazine,
generally light reading; the emphasis is much more on aviation than
on space. Contains information about all events at the National Air
& Space Museum.

Box 53261
Boulder, CO 80332-3261
$18/year US, $24/year international

Aviation Week & Space Technology - weekly aerospace trade, emphasis on
aeronautics but usually has several space-related articles. Rates
depend on whether you're "qualified" or not, which basically means
whether you look at the ads for cruise missiles out of curiosity, or
out of genuine commercial or military interest. Best write for a
"qualification card" and try to get the cheap rate.

1221 Ave. of the Americas,
New York NY 10020
(800)-525-5003 (International (609)426-7070)
$82/year US (qualified)
About $50 if you qualify for the unadvertised student subscription
rate - I (Jon Leech) got this rate by begging and pleading to a
McGraw-Hill representative at the SIGGRAPH '92 conference.

ESA - The European Space Agency publishes a variety of periodicals,
generally available free of charge. A document describing them in
more detail is in the Ames SPACE archive in

Final Frontier (mass-market bimonthly magazine) - history, book reviews,
general-interest articles (e.g. "The 7 Wonders of the Solar System",
"Everything you always wanted to know about military space
programs", etc.)

Final Frontier Publishing Co.
PO Box 534
Mt. Morris, IL 61054-7852
$14.95/year US, $19.95 Canada, $23.95 elsewhere

Space News (weekly magazine) - covers US civil and military space
programs. Said to have good political and business but spotty
technical coverage.

Space News
Springfield VA 22159-0500
$75/year, student rate ~$49. May have discounts for NSS/SSI members

Journal of the Astronautical Sciences and Space Times - publications of
the American Astronautical Society. No details.

AAS Business Office
6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite #102
Springfield, VA 22152

Journal of Practical Applications in Space - published by High Frontier
Inc, and the Space Transportation Assn. Has addressed such issues as
solar power satellites, technology and national security, cleaning
low Earth orbit, ballistic missile defenses, space tourism and space
propulsion. The journal was the first to publish hard numbers on the
single-stage-to-orbit concept.

Authors have included: Mr. G. Harry Stine, Dr. Robert Forward, Mr
Steve Hoeser, Dr. Klaus Heiss, Dr. Philip Harris, Dr. Buzz Aldrin,
Dr. Peter Glaser, Jerry Pournelle.

The journal is a forum for those who use space technology "to
provide for the common defense and promote general welfare" of our
country, the Free World, and eventually all mankind.

Journal of Practical Applications in Space,
2800 Shirlington Road - Suite 405A
Arlington, VA 22206
(703)-931-6432 (fax)
$30/year (4 issues) personal, $200/year institutions.
Foreign add $10/year for airmail.

GPS World (semi-monthly) - reports on current and new uses of GPS, news
and analysis of the system and policies affecting it, and technical
and product issues shaping GPS applications.

GPS World
859 Willamette St.
P.O. Box 10460
Eugene, OR 97440-2460

$59/year US.

Innovation (Space Technology) -- Free. Published by the NASA Office of
Advanced Concepts and Technology. A revised version of the NASA
Office of Commercial Programs newsletter.

Planetary Encounter - in-depth technical coverage of planetary missions,
with diagrams, lists of experiments, interviews with people directly
World Spaceflight News - in-depth technical coverage of near-Earth
spaceflight. Mostly covers the shuttle: payload manifests, activity
schedules, and post-mission assessment reports for every mission.

Henry Spencer comments: WSN and PE have recently (mid-92) mutated
into much more expensive weekly newsletters, filled mostly with
stuff that's already available to most readers in There is still interesting content at times, but the
signal/noise and benefit/cost ratios have deteriorated pretty badly.
I can no longer recommend them.

Box 98
Sewell, NJ 08080
$30/year US/Canada
$45/year elsewhere

Space (bi-monthly magazine)
British aerospace trade journal. Very good. $75/year.

Space Calendar (weekly newsletter)

Space Daily/Space Fax Daily (newsletter)
Short (1 paragraph) news notes. Available online for a fee

Space Technology Investor/Commercial Space News -- irregular Internet
column on aspects of commercial space business. Free. Also limited
fax and paper edition.

P.O. Box 2452
Seal Beach, CA 90740-1452.

All the following are published by:

Phillips Business Information, Inc.
7811 Montrose Road
Potomac, MC 20854

Aerospace Financial News - $595/year.
Defense Daily - Very good coverage of space and defense issues.
Space Business News (bi-weekly) - Very good overview of space
business activities. $497/year.
Space Exploration Technology (bi-weekly) - $495/year.
Space Station News (bi-weekly) - $497/year.


Anyone who would care to write up descriptions of the following
groups (or others not mentioned) for inclusion in the answer is
encouraged to do so.

AAS - American Astronautical Society
Other groups not mentioned above

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