Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Starbase Hawaii Spaceport – Featuring Post Terrestrial Lifestyle, Environments & Architecture with HoloZone Training & Entertainment Facilities
[Images Rendering: Starbase HoloDeck (HoloZone) Entertainment and Training Center Rendering by Eric Christensen and Starbase by Eyoub Khan both with Eileen Borgeson's Orbital Muse Sculpture Landmarks]
Living in Hawaii is a lifestyle unmatched in any other location on Earth. One of the most remote outposts on the planet, the Hawaiian Islands are centered in an expanse of oceanic space thousands of miles from another body of terra-firma. The spirit and vision of most people of Hawaii includes a balance of nature, love of life, family & freedom and the desire to spread the ‘Aloha feeling’ throughout this planet and beyond. The islands were colonized by Ancient Explorers who used the stars to navigate, and with the creation of a Hawaiian Spaceport, a launching place would exist for a new breed of Space Explorers wishing to navigate the stars and eventually colonize the Universe.
Children now and in generations to come, need new frontiers to explore and new realities to expand their awareness and consciousness so they can make their own unique contributions. It’s time to go beyond just ‘what will be the newest gadget’ to be put into the marketplace for mass consumption, a constant for all previous generations.
We have mapped the world and we now need to expand our horizons and physical awareness to outer space (as well as inner space.) Space travel, by its very nature, requires a self-sustaining environment as we have all so lately become aware of living on this fragile planet nor can ‘take off’ into space without also taking care of our ‘home base’, planet Earth..
The spaceport under discussion would function as a ‘de-compression center’ not only for the returning space explorers but the ones blasting off for a new ‘off-planet experience’ and the new realities and perspectives that the trip will hold for them.
This two-way culture and life transition could best be served by the radical changing of past terrestrial-based design concepts and linear experience approaches and replaced with an evolved classical artistic expression in the spaceport design with a new ‘quantum’ attitude made capable through holographic imagery, applications and optical functions.
The spaceport experience should be aesthetically and sensory stimulating, as well as reflective, and unlike any other place on the planet. There is a real opportunity to evolve our past concepts and precepts to be more in line with the eventual ‘oneness awareness’ of the citizens of this planet…a perspective many come back with after their off-planet adventures. “I took off as an astronaut but returned a humanitarian,” Quote from Russia’s first astronaut, Uri Gagarin.
One of the training sessions to be offered in the HoloZone (HoloDeck-like) Complex is a ‘non-linear’ glimpse of the ‘Overview Effect’, a life-changing epiphany experienced by many astronauts during the viewing of Earth from space. I have been working on the “Overview Experience’ project for the last three years and the HoloZone concept for several decades.
Eileen Borgeson’s ‘post-terrestrial’ art imagery and sculptures will be seen throughout the spaceport and incorporated into the physical structure as well. Eileen’s 60 foot “Orbital Muse” sculpture will be the primary Landmark for the spaceport and will adorn the HoloZone training and entertainment complex building along with her ‘Virtress’ image in terrazzo and her ‘Cybernetic Circuitry’ laser cut into metal.
The “Orbital Muse’ has become the ‘Oscar™’ for the Space Exploration Industry and is the featured sculpture atop of the Dennis Tito Award (given to space explorers paying $20-35 million for 6 months of astronaut training and then blast off for a week’s stay at the International Space Station). The Orbital Muse sculpture and design is used also for other prestigious space awards including: the Space Ambassador (in crystal) and the Space Exploration Pioneer Awards.
Multiple Holographic transformational applications and techniques will be used where ever possible throughout the spaceport incorporated as building materials, solar energy conversion film to projected three-dimensional imagery. Holographic imagery, functions and optical effects create sensory impressions which our senses haven’t come to terms with nor can fully comprehend which enables an experience that is totally new and evolutionary plus it crosses the age barrier for spaceport visitors.
Eyoub Khan, main principal of Conceptual Design (www.condzngrp.com), is the master designer of the Starbase with extensive involvement in Space Development and Exploration. From his consulting work on the SpaceHab’s interior to designing major transportation hubs, Eyoub is a ‘deep well of knowledge and design’ with the capabilities of coordinating the master planning of the spaceport, operations and infrastructure into a comprehensive package.
Eileen and I have come away from the recent JUSTSAP Symposium and our Space Exploration Pioneer Award presentation with renewed interest in pursuing our spaceport collaboration with Eyoub. We live on the islands, are involvement with the Space Development and Exploration community and know that Hawaii is an ideal location for a spaceport with a renewed opportunity to continue its exploration spirit.
We know that the entire JUSTSAP group, the Rocketplane organization, our island friend, master technical wizard, Kyle Brown and many others share our vision of seeing a spaceport here in Hawaii and we will all continue to forge new alliances to synergistically proceed in this endeavor. We’re open to connect with other like-minded individuals so please contact us with your thoughts, concepts and how you may contribute. My email: Jeff@Holographics.com.
JUSTSAP’s 4th Annual ‘Space Exploration Pioneer Award’ by Eileen Borgeson honors Michael Duke in Hawaii
On November 9th at JUSTSAP’s (Japan – U.S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Programs) 19th annual space symposium, Michael Duke (chief geologist for the Apollo Lunar Mission) was honored for his over 5 decades in pioneering space exploration, his contributions to JUSTSAP’s efforts, and especially for implementing space education programs.
After an introduction honoring Michael Duke by Jim Crisafulli, Director, Office of Aerospace Development State of Hawaii, and Dr. Frank Schowengerdt (U.S. Vice-Chairman – JUSTSAP), Eileen Borgeson and I made the virtual presentation to Michael who was unable to attend the event.
Previous recipients of the JUSTSAP ‘Space Exploration Pioneer Award’ were: The Honorable George R. Ariyoshi (former Governor of Hawaii) in recognition of “his sustained and distinguished contributions promoting international collaboration in space exploration”, and Takaji Kuroda, also an accomplished artist in Japan, for “his sixty year involvement with Japan’s space program.”
Each year Eileen and I have offered a different art sculpture for JUSTSAP’s awards. In 2007 George Ariyoshi received a sculpture entitled ‘Pele’s Gift’, which was a bronzed resin organic flame sculpture offering a cast crystal earth with the Hawaii Islands sandblasted into the Pacific. IN 2008, Takaji Kuroda received a frosted blue acrylic sculpture (cast by R. S. Owens – maker of the Oscars, Emmys and Eileen’s original classic Promax Muse award.) The award was mounted on a metal chromed/holographic base which included a 3-D image projecting off the earth.
In 2006, JUSTSAP itself was honored with the first ‘Space Exploration Pioneer Award’ by E Art Gallery and Mark McGuffie, presenting for the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board. The award was the “Orbital Muse’, the featured sculpture on top of the Dennis Tito Award (for space explorers who pay $20 million+ for 6 months of astronaut training and a weeks stay at the International Space Station). Another award, a sub-surface etched crystal ‘Space Ambassador Award’ was given to Anousheh Ansari by X Prize’s Peter Diamandis and Alan Hale (Hale-Bobb Comet founder) at the X Prize Cup in New Mexico.
This year’s JUSTSAP ‘Space Exploration Pioneer Award’ was a Hot Glass Sculpted Rocket Eileen designed and collaborated to create it with amazing hot glass artist/friend Daniel Moe here on the Big Island. He’s one of the best to come out of the Pilchuck School in Washington (Dale Chilhuly’s baby.) Assisting Daniel was Summer Campbell.
Our good friend and now ‘family’, Kyle Brown, attended the award presentation with us. Kyle’s a New Yorker we refer to as ‘street wise with heart’. In a discussion about the future of JUSTSAP, Kyle offered a suggestion of approaching the new minds of this generation with educational, science and art projects starting with the students of Hawaii. The suggestion was well received and discussed at some length. Kyle has been lending his technical expertise to the local school systems for some time now and was chief technologist for the Imiloa Center in Hilo when it was first launched. He is now in discussions with RocketPlane of Oklahoma to approach the Hawaii school system with some of these concepts.
As usual, we all stayed at our favorite location on the Kona side, Gary Stice's "Point House" on Kealakekua Bay...a perfect Space to unwind from an inspiring Space Event.
The theme of JUSTSAP’S 2009 symposium was “Asia-Pacific Strategies and Projects for the New Space Age” held at the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the Kohala Coast. Notable speakers included: Dr. Osamu Odawara (Japan Vice-Chairman – JUSTSAP), Stephen Day (Chairman – JUSTSAP), Douglas Craig (Strategic Analysis Manager – ESMD/Directorate Integration Office NASA Headquarters), Charles Miller (Senior Advisor for Commercial Space Innovative Partnerships Programs – NASA Headquarters), Susumu Yoshitomid (Special Counselor, Japan Space Forum), Hiroshi Shimoji (Deputy Director General, Dept. Planning, Okinawa Prefecture), Dr. Galina Xanthopoulou (Professor, Institute for Materials Science, NCSR “Demokritos”), John Mankins (President – ARTEMIS Innovation Management Solutions), Dr. Daniel Rasky (Director, Space Portal – NASA Ames Research Center), Christopher Pestak (Manager, NASA Programs – Battelle Memorial Institute), Robert Wegeng (Chief Engineer – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), and Jerry Comell (Site Executive, State of Hawaii, The Boeing Company)