- 1 Welcome to the ISM's Wiki
- 1.1 ISMuseum's Mars Base / Universal Habitat Project Opens in Opensim
- 1.2 ISM's Mike Lorrey Speaks at Marscoin Expo!
- 1.3 ISMuseum Publishes a Request for Proposal
- 1.4 A Visit to the ISM in SecondLife
- 1.5 Newly updated Solar System exhibit
- 1.6 Organization
- 2 Projects
- 3 Space News
- 4 Getting started with MediaWiki
Welcome to the ISM's Wiki
ISMuseum's Mars Base / Universal Habitat Project Opens in Opensim
- Exhibits Committee Chair Mike Lorrey has completed migration of our existing Universal Habitat to the ISMuseum megaregion in Kitely.com. A megaregion is an 8x8 mini-grid continent of 64 SL-equivalent regions in one, no sim boundaries between the spaces. The ISMuseum megaregion holds our main Museum complex in a 2x2 area that will be expanding to almost 4x4 over time.
- Another 2x2 area hosts the new Mars Base located in a mesh terrain of a crater complex over 560 meters in diameter, allowing not only exhibits on the surface, but underground modules demonstrating how Mars colonists will build underground using tunnel boring machines and 3d printers. The underground facility includes a Hyperloop train with a track of over 1.5 kilometers length.
- The facility also includes Greg Allison's Universal Habitat design concept for sustainable agriculture, regolith mining, solar, wind and nuclear power facilities as well as landing pads hosting two SpaceX Starship rockets, and much much more.
- Our plans include to fully script all scientific and engineering equipment so that people can virtually train to use actual equipment involved in Mars colonization, to provide this training as a service online. We will be doing a full presentation on this facility at the Mars Society's conference this fall.
- Come to https://grid.kitely.com:8002/ISMuseum/1500/1000/122 with your Opensim enabled Firestorm or other third party viewer to explore Mars!
Blog Post about Touring ISMuseum in Kitely
- In May 2022, a group toured our Kitely branch museum (including the Mars Settlement sim). This link will take you to that article.
ISM's Mike Lorrey Speaks at Marscoin Expo!
- ISM Exhibits Chair Mike Lorrey recently presented a proposal at the Mars Society's Marscoin Expo about improving the Marscoin blockchain network when Mars colonists actually start colonizing Mars.
ISMuseum Publishes a Request for Proposal
- The ISM has issued an RFP (Request For Proposal) for digital modelers to build some models to become exhibits in our virtual museum. Please see this page for the RFP.
A Visit to the ISM in SecondLife
Newly updated Solar System exhibit
- Many thanks to Hajime Nishimura for this video
- The International Spaceflight Museum is operated by ISMuseum, a Texas non-profit corporation, and now a US 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit as well. It is a virtual museum with no Real Life brick-and-mortar locations.
- Visit the HG Safari blog to read about their tour of the Kitely ISMuseum.
- ISMuseum building chairman, Mike Lorrey, was featured on a YouTube talkshow, InWorld Reviews, hosted by Mal Burns, in June 2017. They talked about the museum among other interesting virtual world projects.
- We are also in the following social media sites:
- We now have a forum on this website where we can communicate with each other and the public.
- From its beginnings, the mission of the ISM has been to create full-scale, accurate 3D models of spacecraft and supporting objects, such as models of planets and other astronomical objects, to educate people about the scale and complexity of space-exploration related objects. Also, we strive to make interactive displays that show physical principles and other information relevant to astronomy, space exploration and related technologies and phenomena.
- Our collection, which is always growing, includes models of rockets from many space-faring nations and private organizations, space probes, telescopes and satellites, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, stars and galaxies. Whenever practical we also offer background information about these objects using a variety of methods in order to make our museum an interesting and educational destination, as well as a visually exciting and pleasant place to visit.
- An important part of our exhibits development involves developing our 3D design skills. In this page we keep track of 3D software and tutorials, and related matters.
- Using Virtual Reality (VR) to view our 3D models can provide a whole new dimension to the experience.
- To organize our collection, and provide a useful contribution to the archival community, we are creating a specialized vocabulary and metadata scheme for virtual 3D objects. Ultimately all our exhibits and supporting objects will be documented using this metadata scheme.
A metadata schema is a set of elements that describes works in a library, archive or museum collection in surrogate of the work itself (i.e., title, creator, subject, etc.) to facilitate organization, which in turn facilitates how we find things. Those familiar with library and information studies will recognize Dublin Core as an example of a metadata schema designed to help managers of diverse collections quickly and effectively organize overwhelming amounts of information in the digital world.
-- Haldy, Parkel & Albertson, "John DePol Digital Archive at The University of Alabama: Planning and Building an Online Archive and Exhibition Resource for Book Artists, Printers, and Scholars", The Bonefolder, Vol. 8, 2012.
- As well as offering free-to-visit online virtual museum locations, we plan to create downloadable copies of selected exhibits to share with individuals and educators. In the near future, we plan to offer these files using OpenSim OAR and IAR formats.
- We develop methods and procedures for accomplishing various things in the process of doing our work, some of which may be useful to others as well as our own members. This page includes links to those protocols and procedures, so feel free to adapt them to your own uses.
- In addition to its static displays and interactive exhibits, the ISM from time to time hosts events such as lectures, tours, launch parties (when we gather in front of a large screen to witness significant spacecraft launches that are broadcast via the Web), concerts and conferences. Visit this page for a list of past and future events.
- The ISM presently have publicly accessible locations on two grids: SecondLife and Kitely, and are planning to expand even further throughout the metaverse. Visit the Locations page for details.
In order to fulfill our mission(s), we need resources.
- The ISM is about space travel, after all. Our members like to keep up with current events in the field as well as commemorate past happenings.
Getting started with MediaWiki
Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.