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    ISLAND ONE - Web pages addressing economic, political, and scientific
	issues relating to space settlement, from a libertarian perspective.

    MMSG - Molecular Manufacturing Shortcut Group (an NSS chapter focusing
	on nanotechnology). Web page includes a description, the current
	issue of the MMSG newsletter, and membership info.

    SPACE ACTIVISTS WEB PAGE - covers space-related political information
	such as space station and SSTO funding issues, political contacts,
	and mailing lists on specific issues. Contact John Lewis


    AAS(1) - American Astronautical Society. Professional association,
	founded in 1954. They say: "The AAS remains the only national
	professional society exclusively devoted to astronautics. Through
	our publications, meetings and symposia, such as this year's Annual
	Meeting, the AAS provides for a continuing exchange of information
	among those whose careers and interest are concerned with
	astronautics." They publish a series of technical books, _Advances
	in the Astronautical Sciences_.

	New member fee (1994) $40.

	American Astronautical Society
	6352 Rolling Mill Place
	Suite 102
	Springfield, VA 2215
	phone 703-866-0020
	FAX 703-866-3526
	(information from AAS brochure Nov. 1994)

    AAS(2) - American Astronomical Society. The major professional
	organization in North America for astronomers and other scientists
	and individuals interested in astronomy.

	American Astronomical Society
	2000 Florida Avenue, Suite 400
	Washington, D.C. 20009
	(202)328-2010; FAX(202)234-2560; Membership FAX(202)588-1351

    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. Several publications, supplies
	satellite tracking software, runs mailing lists, many other

	Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA)
	850 Sligo Avenue
	Silver Spring, MD 20910

	Lots of related amateur radio information is at

    ARTEMIS SOCIETY - Supports "The Artemis Project," a multi-industry
	program to establish a commercial lunar base, lead by The Lunar
	Resources Company. Publishes _Pleiades_, a monthly newsletter.
	_Artemis_ magazine, a bimonthly glossy commercial magazine, will
	begin publication by early 1996. Web page has a description of the
	project, FAQ, and illustrations of the spacecraft.

	The FAQ is also available by email to The
	Artemis Project maintains a list server discussion - email to with the body of the message containing the
	command "join artemis-list" (without the quotes) - and a large
	discussion area on the GEnie network.

	Membership $25/year (checks payable to "Lunar Resources")

	The Lunar Resources Company
	PO Box 590213
	Houston, TX 77259-0213

    ASPIRESPACE - British non-profit group working on hardware projects
	including suborbital launchers and waveriders. Publishes

	Membership 25 pounds sterling/year for UK and EC countries.

	c/o 16 Ashby Court
	Whitley Wood Lane
	Reading, Berkshire RG2 8PG


    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. One of the oldest (1933) pro-space
	groups, BIS publishes two excellent journals: _Spaceflight_,
	covering current space activities, and the _Journal of the BIS_,
	containing technical papers on space activities from historical
	rocketry to near-term space probes to interstellar missions. BIS has
	published a design study in 1978 for an interstellar probe called

	Membership 38 pounds/year (US $69), 26 pounds (US $47) for ages 22
	and younger or 65 and older. Membership includes a subscription to
	either _Spaceflight_ or _JBIS_ (choose one). You may subscribe to
	both publications by adding 33 pounds ($60) to your dues.

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

    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)

    ERPS - Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society. Non-profit liquid fuel
	rocket engine design and test team in the San Francisco Bay Area;
	current projects include a monopropellant rocket to launch a payload
	to 100 km, a small two-man suborbital vehicle, a 20 lb to LEO SSTO
	demonstrator, a rocket-pack, and a rocket assist module for high
	performance gliders.


    EUROAVIA - Non-profit European aerospace student association with
	local student groups. Activities include seminars and symposia,
	publications, international visits, and a design workshop.

	email: (Munich Local Group)

    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

	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

    NAR - National Association of Rocketry. The largest sport rocket
	organization in the USA, the NAR promotes all aspects of flying
	model and high power sport rockets. Sponsors clubs, local and
	regional launches. Conducts two national events per year: a National
	Sport Launch (NSL) in the spring, and the National Championships
	(NARAM) in late July/early August. Provides liability insurance
	coverage for members' flying activities. Publishes "Sport Rocketry"
	magazine, bimonthly containing plans, event schedules, Assocition
	news, "how to" and technical articles. Technical Services Committee
	(NARTS) sells technical reports, plans and commerative materials.

	Membership $20/year (to age 20), $35 (21 & older).

	National Association of Rocketry
	P. O. Box 177
	Altoona, WI 54720

    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

	    [address needed]

    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 bimonthly 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 bimonthly 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.

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

	The Planetary Society
	65 North Catalina Avenue
	Pasadena, CA 91106

    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.

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

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

    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
	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

    TRIPOLI ROCKETRY ASSOCIATION - sponsors the use of high-power sports
	rockets starting where the NAR leaves off and going up. Membership
	includes a subscription to _High Power Rocketry_.

	Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc.
	P.O. Box 339
	Kenner, LA 70063-0339

    UK-SEDS - United Kingdom SEDS affiliate (see above). Projects include
	sounding rockets, microsatellites, and a microlight solar sail.
	Publishes _Aurora_.

	Membership 12 pounds/year.

	c/o The SET
	The Royal Aeronautical Society
	4 Hamilton Place
	London W1V OBQ

    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


    Ad Astra - bimonthly glossy magazine published by the National Space
	Society; broad range of articles and columns on space technology,
	politics, science, law, etc. See membership info for NSS in "GROUPS"
	section above.

    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 (US only, international (609)426-7070)
	$82/year US (qualified)
	$58/year 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 (various) - The European Space Agency publishes a variety of
	periodicals, generally available free of charge, including the
	quarterly ESA Bulletin, with status reports on major projects,
	feature articles, and lists of technical papers and publications. A
	document with details is 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

    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 the British Interplanetary Society, Spaceflight -
	publications of the BIS; see their entry under "GROUPS".

    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 (request by email to Published by the NASA Office of Space
	Access 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

    Quest - Described by Thomas J. Frieling
	( as "a worthwhile attempt at a
	space history magazine for informed readers (not mass market a la
	Final Frontier) Write to Glen Swanson for a press kit and sample

	Glen Swanson
	PO Box 9331
	Grand Rapids, MI   49509-0331

    Russian Space News (biweekly newsletter) - English translation of the
	Russian publication. Daily Mir reports, coverage of launches from
	Baikonur & Plesetsk, news from the Cosmonaut training center,
	coverage of civilian & military unmanned spacecraft. Free sample
	copies on request.

	Tranquest Corporation
	PO Box 30208
	Cleveland, OH 44130
	(800)-929-8953 (US only, international (216)-962-3400)
	(216)-888-3992 (fax)

	$75/year US/Canada/Mexico (individual), $90 elsewhere
	$175/year (institutional, everywhere)

    SETIQuest (quarterly magazine/email) - News, technical information, and
	tutorials devoted to bioastronomy and its subset, SETI (Search for
	Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Free sample issue on request to:

	SETIQuest Inquiries, Department EX
	Helmers Publishing
	174 Concord Street
	Peterborough, NH  03458-0874
	(603)-924-7408 (fax)

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

    Space Calendar (weekly newsletter, available by fax only)
	Parker Publications Ltd.
	42 Keephatch Road
	Berks RG11 1QD

    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.

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

	Space News
	6883 Commercial Drive
	Springfield VA 22159-0500
	$89/year US, $130 Canada, $155 elsewhere. May have a student
	discount and discounts for NSS/SSI members.

    Space Power: Resources, Manufacturing & Development - technical journal
	focusing on Solar Power Satellites.

	Council for Economic and Social Studies
	1133 13th NW
	Washington, DC 20005
	(202) 371-2700 Voice (x1523 Fax)

    All the following are published by:

	Phillips Business Information, Inc.
	7811 Montrose Road
	Potomac, MD 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. Recently merged with Space Exploration
	    Technology and Space Station News. $595/year.

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