TDF 2 2006


“The Constitution recognises the inalienable right of every inhabitant of Earth to travel from Earth to Space, to the Moon and to any celestial body, as well as to return to his or her own country or other countries on the Earth, while preserving all of their rights as a terrestrial citizen. 

The Constitution promotes the development of all the conditions necessary to make such a right effective."



181 Things To Do On The Moon - L. Kellogg

Prostration before Fundamentalists? - Jens Galschiot

2007 Year of the Moon: China, Japan, Lunar Probes - L. Kellogg

Nobel for Peace 2006 to Muhammad Yunus! - A. Autino, D. Baroni

Commercial Potential for Helium-3 from the Moon - L. Kellogg

Dream Chaser's Countdown  - M. Reiff

NASA plans to put a base on the moon by 2020  - L. Kellogg

Benedetto XVI - G. Colombo

Britain looks at a flight to the Moon - S. Ashworth

Prof. Koelle and others on Lunar Development - L. Kellogg

Going to the Moon, I think, maybe, don't quote me - L. Kellogg

Hawking: space key to human survival - A. Autino


Newsletter 2-2006 - For the human Right to Space Travel! - A. Autino

Media report that one only planer is nomore enough for our development. The sharp dicotomy between economic development and the danger represented by the development for our mother planet, should be evident. One only option can reconcile the two needs: space!

Space Ecomony - F. Pallavicini and L. Spairani interview prof. Giovanni F. Bignami

During "The Future of Science" conference held in Venice last September we collected Giovanni Bignami opinion on Space Economy and the role of private enterprises and Space Agencies in its development. (Italian Language)

Space is the answer to the resource crisis - A. Cavallo

The real crisis, of which the conflict between West and Islam is only one item, concerns the availability of the resources needed for a dignituous life, for the whole humankind. Space is not a cost, but a resource, rather, the solution of the problem: less weapons, more spacecrafts!

For a politics of support to Space Economy - A. Autino

Who made an ethical choice in favour of humankind, and takes priority the rights and the interests of every one of the almost seven billion humans living on Earth, should support a programme to drive resources for a real spce development policy.

The future of Science: Evolution - Reportage by L. Spairani

In Venezia from September 21st to 23rd 2006, the second session of  “The future of Science” conference was held, near the Cini Foundation. The topic was Evolution. Evolution is key in astrophisics, in genetics, in  philosophy and psichology. It concerns ourselves, our future and our role in the Universe.

Some Precedents for a Constitutional Right to Space Travel - P. Collins

The enshrinement of the human right to travel in space in constitutions which we are proposing is not an infringement on any existing rights, but a restatement of the status quo from the individual's point of view. The new clause should be welcomed by all who are concerned to achieve the greatest economic and social freedom within a just framework of law.

Creating a solar civilization - Kim Pearth

Our planet is a rare oasis, where life thrives and the human species emerged to explore the stars. It seems a safe place for life, but is a deceptive appearence. We know better now than to pretend that we are safe in our Earthly nest from natural disasters and extinction level events.

The Gaetano A. Crocco's grand tour goes on - L. Spairani

Gen. Gaetano Arturo Crocco, during the VII IAF Congress in Rome – September 1956, gave a paper titled: "One-Year Exploration-Trip Earth-Mars-Venus-Earth", where he enunciates, among others, the concept of teh "cosmic highways", 40 year in advance!!

Don't come knocking” by Wim Wenders - Review by A. Autino

An old car, techonlogic icon, is a medium for the ransom both of the parents and of the children. it is always worth to undertake a trip, though late, and it is always worth to face human relationships, though difficult and stormy. And to pass to our children, true or probable, by blood or by culture, good technological inheritance and good ideas to be developed.

The new man is born, and is fractal - G. Gelibter interviews Mandelbrot 

The New Man is among us: is the new fractal generation. Professor Benoit Mandelbrot, one of the great forerunners in the Caos jungle, announce it. He's the father of that dizzy fractal thought that, using the computer power, goes over the Euclidian geometry. (Italian language)

The Chinese Space Race - J. D. Cordero 

For decades the most populous nation of the world lived in an auto-imposed isolation, but now it came up to challenge the world as a big power. The Cold War brought men on the moon. Now the space competition is to get the military  advantage on the "higher ground." But not only. 

TDF 1 2006


An Italian space vehicle of new conception - A. Autino  

Last April 27th, in Capua, CIRA held the roll-out of the USV, a motorless technological demonstrator, a true flying laboratory, able to accumulate experimental data, in order to create the technological bases for an improved and fully reusable space shuttle, both from the point of view of safety and from the ones of the consumptions and of the environmental impact.  


After the 1st Convention of TDF 

The community which met up the April 1st in the Medieval Castle of Moncrivello is all but the traditional space community, who frequents the astronautical congresses and learnedly discusses about space science, without the society was never touched by such events. 
A real vulcano of ideas and proposals exploded inside the castle, but we definitely have to find out more support.


A new space community - A. Autino 

Before SpaceShipOne, space tourism could offer, at best, parabolic flights, few second of weight absence, and visits to the Russian and American space bases. Nowadays the climate is different: Virgin Galactic is building a spaceport in New Mexico, to transport civilian passengers in space in 2008. And a new awareness is around: that our kind can succeed, to become a multiplanetarian kind, also without the space agencies.


Technologies of the Frontier - J.C. Cordero  

The new heading, dedicated to the Aerospace sector, was born.
In this critical historical moment we need to 'aim high', look at the sky and hope to reach it. TDF follows the Aerospace sector and Astronautics, world wide. We'll guest who works and aims to work with Space and Astronautics. And more, the vision of artists which, with their greater sensitivity, interpret the greatness of the infinite over us.

The Turist and the Infinte - A. Autino   

In 2003 we asked to imagine the best and the worst future in 30 years (2033). The worst future foresaw that the world remained closed, 8 billion people fighting for scarce resources, environmental catastrophes, pandemic ills and falling economies... TDF announces its 1st Convention: a program to get the best future, and prevent the worst! 


Report on Energy

We open here a study on the energy matter, that will be developed upon many issues of TDF. We'll analyze and compare the different energy threads, vs. the unescapable goals of continuation of the Civilization, beyond the nowadays narrow limits of our birth planet. In this issue two first analytical reports: oil and nuclear fusion.


The transition of oil: from resource to burden  - A. Cavallo

The demand of oil products keeps on exceeding the offer, thanks to the Asian development and the American economic restart: gasoline on the fire of the ongoing conflicts. The imperishable monopolies and the financial capital: brakes for the possible exit strategies from the oil thread. A sharp and dispassionate examination of the possible alternatives, at short and middle term. 


Nuclear fusion: the state of the art - F. Pallavicini

Last 28 June the site of ITER was defined, in France. Italy relaunches the IGNITOR experiment at Rondissone (near Torino). Energy's production from safe and clean nuclear sources seems to decidedly restart. In order to face the big misinformation, we try to make clarity on technologies, some history of the research and the point on the state of search on the nuclear fusion.


A New Solar System - M. Martin-Smith 

Michael Martin-Smith opens an interesting window on the great and multiform wealth of our solar system, in terms of raw materials and energy.


Quantum Computers - L. Spairani  

An high-level dissertation, developed by Luisa Spairani, on one of the most promising technological frontiers of the computer science.


Some notes from the first world conference on the" Future of Science" - L. Spairani

The conference discussed the great themes, science and ethics, and produced a "Paper of Venice." TDF participated to the event, and here we brings notes and impressions. We will be there also to the next edition.


A small almost Zen story - A. Autino

Sit on a rock, by night, and look at the sky. An observation point that allows you to exclude anything except the starry sky. Rise your eyes to infinite. You, your rock and the infinite. Now you feel like an astronaut, sitting on an infinitesimal point in the universe...


The drugged culture - Blade Runner

I am not a moralist, and believe that each adult human shall be free to take drugs and/or to commit suicide as he/she likes. But I want to be free, too, to know what kind of cultural I am taking. I care very much  what TV inoculates, in my mind and even more, in the mind of my children, very much more than about GMO foods!


A Stairway to Heaven - Michael Martin-Smith

Konstantin Tsiolkovskii proposed a "Space Tower" in 1895. In 1978 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, inquired about the space elevator feasibility, (idea proposed by some of his novels), replied that it will become reality 50 years after stop laughing of the idea. Since 3-5 years some serious people are beting on the idea, feasible, maybe, in 25 years.


Reviews: Earth, by David Brin - Luisa Spairani

The 15 years old science fiction gives us the measure of the changes and of our weak foreseeing capacities. An Earth upset by ultrasonic tornados and small artificial black holes. The book gives us a realistic picture of the conflict between science and ecologism. Despite some discounted aspects, I was strongly impressed by this book, and it stimulated me to look for other David Brin’s books.


An Italian space vehicle of new conception - A. Autino

A New Solar System - M. Martin-Smith 

A Stairway to Heaven - Michael Martin-Smith

We want to be free, in an open world! - P.Q. Collins

A People's Space Programme - M. Martin-Smith

New frontiers of tourism: space - P. Polignano

Yes, we'll have space hotels in 2030! - P. Collins

The ideological failure of Space Agencies - A. Autino

SpaceShipOne re-opened the astronautic way, after 36 years! - A. Autino 

X Prize and Mercantile Astronautics - M. Martin-Smith

Earth is not a Starship! - A. Autino



Oil transition: from resource to burden - A. Cavallo   

Europe, Democracy and Freedom - A. Autino   

The value of human life  - A. Autino 

The tyranny of oil - A. Autino    

A space age or a (new) stone age - A. Autino   

A corpse is not a good customer! - A. Autino  

Civilization caught between Mars and Parmalat

Mars, and the Moon

Which language will our European children speak?

8x1000 to scientific search

To learn from tragedies - M. Martin-Smith



Nuclear fusion: the state of the art - F. Pallavicini

Quantum Computers - L. Spairani

Earth is not sick:  She's... pregnant! - A. Autino

Mother Earth and the Butterfly - M. Martin-Smith

The Pregnant Mother Earth's web home

600 billion humans! - Ken Larsen 

Gaian Science, Gaian Philosophy, Gaian Spirituality and the Rainbow Way - David L. Buth

Reflections in margin to the reading of the Robert M. Pirsig's essay-novels - A. Autino

"The Copernican Evidence  - Requirements for a Space Age Philosophy" -  A. Autino 

The Catholic creed prizes the sacrifice, the Protestant one prizes the success - Diana Baroni

Is it possible a fruitful interface between the Latin-Catholic cultures and the Anglophon-Protestant ones? - A. Autino

Stories: "An autumn evening" - A. Autino

Astronautical Evolution - Stephen Ashworth 

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