Smashing the ‘Right Stuff' Fallacy: Building a Pressure Suit for DIY Space Flight
with Cameron M. Smith, PhD
Space suits are simple in principle and are mostly used for launch to orbit and back to Earth. Building such a garment has taken Dr. Cameron Smith five years, but it’s kept him alive during several tests (underwater, altitude chamber, hours-sitting pressurized) and is now ready for a rebuild so that he can fly it to above the 63,000-foot ‘Armstrong Line’ in Summer 2015 in the first manned flight of Copenhagen Suborbitals’ DIY manned space program. In this talk, Dr. Smith will cover the history of the Copenhagen project, why an anthropologist became involved with space exploration, and introduce a new partnership with Copenhagen Suborbitals.
Special demo: Watch as Cameron suits up on stage and feel the suit when it’s fully pressurized!
Dr. Cameron M. Smith of Portland State University's Department of Anthropology began his career excavating million-year-old stone tools in Africa and today combines his archaeological interests with a consideration of human evolution and space colonization. He is applying his interests in his collaboration with the scientists at Icarus Interstellar's Project Hyperion, a reference study for an interstellar craft capable of voyaging to a distant star by the end of this century. Dr. Smith is currently building a pressure suit and balloon
for exploration of the lower stratosphere and has recently become a member of Copenhagen Suborbitals' attempt to reach space entirely privately, with DIY methods.
Recently Dr. Smith presented a paper at the NASA/DARPA '100 Year Starship Study.' His recent publications include "Starship Humanity" (Scientific American, Jan. 2013) and the book Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization
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