National Space Society Projects


NSS conducts projects that advance the cause of space development and settlement. We welcome your involvement in these projects. See the project pages to get involved.

cislunar explorers project

The Cislunar Explorers project teams NSS with Cornell University with the goal of placing a small spacecraft in orbit around the Moon as part of the NASA CubeQuest Challenge. The spacecraft will demonstrate two technologies critical to the development of space: the electrolysis of liquid water using the resulting hydrogen and oxygen as fuel and oxidizer, and an autonomous navigation system. Learn about the project and the NSS role in it.

space 2.0 large

NSS has contracted with space historian and author Rod Pyle to write a new book entitled Space 2.0. This book embarks on a compelling narrative about the future development, exploration and settlement of the final frontier. Space 2.0 is being published in oversize format, lavishly illustrated with approximately 300 full-color images, and competitively priced to assure maximum accessibility. The book is published by BenBella Books and distributed by IngramPerseus to an international audience. This book is now available. More information.

alpha cubesat 250

NSS has joined with Team Alpha CubeSat in their quest to launch a cubesat from the International Space Station to deep space—a first. As part of the NASA CubeQuest Challenge, the spacecraft will use a series of low-energy trajectories to journey into deep space (greater than 4,000,000 km—about ten times the distance to the Moon) and return to orbit the Moon in an experimental resonance orbit. In the process, the spacecraft will demonstrate a number of technologies. Learn about the project and the NSS role in it.

Space Ambassadors Project

Space Ambassadors is an outreach program whose goal is to deliver exciting information about space to the general public. The program is designed as a grass roots effort to inspire, educate, and communicate the benefits of space exploration and research. Phase 1 of the program saw some 900 Space Ambassadors from approximately 150 nations delivering presentations to more than 31,000 people.Learn about the Space Ambassadors program.