The Heinlein Prize® honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein™, renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. Efforts include: the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, the Microgravity Research Competition, the  Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize, the “Flight Into the Future” international contests, the Have Space Suit — Will Travel educational program, and the online Heinlein Archives.


The Heinlein Prize Trust Announces:

Science Deck from Virginia Edition Publishing Company

January 15, 2014

PRESS RELEASE from the Virginia Edition Publishing Company, introducing Science Deck non-fiction publications:

Space Elevators_Press-Release_01-15-2014

Technology and way forward assessed in revolutionary, new space elevator book

HOUSTON, January 15, 2014 – The foremost experts in the field unite to create SPACE ELEVATORS: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward now available at www.virginiaedition.com/sciencedeck and Amazon.com.

Space ElevatorsSPACE ELEVATORS addresses the simple and complex issues that have been identified through the development of space elevator concepts over the last decade. A space elevator is a system for lifting payloads, and eventually people, from the Earth’s surface into space, with tremendously kinder environmental effects. The value and benefit of developing a space elevator infrastructure is even greater than earlier estimates, as it will change our approach to operations in space. Low cost, safe, reliable and flexible delivery of payloads to Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and beyond could create an “off-planet” environment filled with opportunities ranging from commercial space systems to exploration of the solar system.

The report begins with a summary of those ideas in Edwards’ and Westling’s book The Space Elevator (2003). Out of these beginnings has risen a worldwide cadre focused upon their areas of expertise as applied to space elevator development and operational infrastructure. The report answers some basic questions about the feasibility of a space elevator infrastructure:

  • Why a space elevator?
  • Can it be done?
  • How would all the elements fit together to create a system of systems?
  • What are the technical feasibilities of each major space elevator element?

This study was conducted under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and benefited from review and comments by numerous members of the Academy, as well as the International Space Elevator Consortium.

To order SPACE ELEVATORS: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward in print format visit www.virginiaedtion.com/sciencedeck or to order the e-book format visit Amazon.com. Contact orders@virginiaedition.com for more information.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 349
ISBN: 9782917761311
Ebook: available at Amazon.com


Space Solar Power_Press-Release_01-15-2014

Strong case for harnessing space solar power presented in ground-breaking book

Case For Solar Space PowerHOUSTON, January 15, 2014 – One of the foremost experts in the field, John C. Mankins, presents his latest research in The Case for Space Solar Power, now available in print format at virginiaedition.com/sciencedeck and e-book format on Amazon.com.

THE CASE FOR SPACE SOLAR POWER recounts the history of the space solar power concept and summarizes the many different ways in which it might be accomplished.

Specifically, the book describes in detail a highly promising concept – SPS-ALPHA (Solar Power Satellite by means of Arbitrarily Large Phased Array) – and presents a business case comprising applications in space and markets on Earth. It is possible to begin now with technologies that are already at hand, while developing the more advanced technologies that will be needed to deliver power economically to markets on Earth.

The Case for Space Solar Power lays out a path forward that is both achievable and affordable. Within a dozen years, the first multi-megawatt solar pilot plant could be in operation. Getting started could cost less than $10 million over the first 2 years, less than $100 million over the next half dozen years.

Given that space solar power can transform our future in space, and provide a new source of virtually limitless and sustainable energy to markets across the world, the book poses the question, “Why wouldn’t we pursue space solar power?”

To order The Case for Space Solar Power visit www.virginiaedtion.com/sciencedeck or contact orders@virginiaedition.com for more information.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 493
ISBN: 9780991337002
Ebook: available at Amazon.com

The Virginia EditionAbout the Virginia Edition Publishing Company

The Virginia Edition Publishing Company seeks to broaden Heinlein’s enduring literary legacy. The company was named after Robert’s wife, Virginia, in recognition of the integral role she played in his work. Science Deck is the new non-fiction

Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians

December 9, 2013

As reported on the Heinlein Society website…

Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN™

The Kansas City Star reported December 7, 2013 that Robert Heinlein was selected for inclusion in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

“The public also opted for science fiction writer Heinlein. He was born in Butler, and his works include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Heinlein received more than 10,000 votes,” the Kansas City Star said of Heinlein being one of the 2013 recipients of this honor.

The Heinlein Society campaigned for this, and is very pleased with the support and votes Robert A. Heinlein received.

“Wonderful news! A fine Christmas present!” was the reaction of the trustees of the Heinlein Prize Trust.

A fan in Russia, hearing of the honor, said, “It really is a wonderful event! Accept my sincere congratulations! …in the name of his blessed memory.”

Space Flight Milestones

December 5, 2013

The Heinlein Prize Trust offers SpaceX congratulations on achieving an important commercial spaceflight milestone on December 3, 2013.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, being the first commercial launch SpaceX has done from that location. The Falcon 9 delivered the SES-8 satellite to its targeted orbit.

Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, and winner of the second Heinlein Prize® For Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, said, “The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry’s highest performance standards.”

Offering his congratulations to SpaceX, Heinlein Prize Trustee, Art Dula said, “This is an extremely important commercial milestone.” SpaceX has almost 50 more launches planned, over 60% of which are for commercial customers.


The Heinlein Prize Trust also congratulates China on their Lunar rover launch!

“Things are really happening,” said Art Dula of the exciting space flight events of this week. While Mr. Dula attended a space conference in Asia on behalf of the Heinlein Prize Trust, yet another space flight milestone took place, for which congratulations are extended.

On December 1st a rocket was launched from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center carrying a robotic rover named Yutu – Jade Rabbit – which should be landing on the moon in mid-December. The Chang’e 3 mission is a precursor to an ultimate manned moon landing.

“We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” the launch center’s director is quoted as saying. If successful, China will become only the third nation to achieve a “soft landing” of a craft on the moon, and will be the first since an unmanned landing in August 1976 by the Soviet Union.

Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon, is quoted in Aerospace America as saying, “…the U.S. now absolutely must start communicating with the Chinese about lunar cooperation.” In a speech given on behalf of the Heinlein Prize Trust at the IAC, Aldrin also said, “…space provides a unique opportunity to work with our international partners. When we work together in space there are no boundaries and we are working towards a common goal. I think now is the time to take this opportunity to get the world excited about space again.”


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    Space Flight Milestones

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    Buzz Aldrin in China With the Heinlein Prize Trust

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    Virginia Edition Publishing Supports Heinlein For Heroes

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    2013 U.S. Naval History Conference

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