The Space Studies Institute (SSI) grew out of the interest generated by Gerard K. O’Neill’s vision of human colonies in space, an industry based on non-terrestrial materials and the return to Earth of valuable resources from space. Dr. O’Neill’s interest in and exploration of these topics was prompted by a hypothetical question asked of an advanced section of Princeton University’s Physics 103 – “Is a planetary surface the right place for an expanding technological civilization?” From these rudimentary beginnings, Dr. O’Neill continued a personal intensive examination of the possibilities of human colonies in free space. From 1969 until 1974 he addressed the technical issues of energy, land area, size and shape, atmosphere, gravitation, and sunlight.
In 1974 Dr. O’Neill’s ideas and calculations came to public notice on the occasion of a one-day conference held on the Princeton campus in New Jersey. The conference was covered by The New York Times (which included a front page story) and soon afterward by many other newspapers, magazines and broadcast media in the U.S. and abroad. It had been his objective to keep to himself about this project until after his basic article, “The Colonization of Space” was accepted by a respected scientific publication. This acceptance occurred early in 1974 when he was informed of the coming appearance of his technical article in Physics Today, (vol. 27 no. 9). This was followed by the monograph, “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space,” which won the 1977 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book of the Year Award. (It has since been published in six languages with five English language editions.)
The Keshe Foundation Spaceship Institute is set up to teach to industry, organizations, and individuals, how to develop systems and technologies based on the Keshe Foundation knowledge.
Nestled amidst the beautiful shores of Bari, Italy, the Institute is poised to become a central hub in the spreading of plasma technology and knowledge. With its state of the art, twenty-first century facilities, the Institute will be able to provide students and staff an immersive way to learn the plasma technology, to be the leaders of the new generation of scientists and plasma engineers.
The aim of the KF SSI is to teach and train every individual who goes through the programs, to enable understanding of the full principles of the workings of universal systems. This provides the knowledge to be able to survive anywhere in the Universe, with the peaceful use of the MAGRAV plasma technologies.
The KF SSI welcomes people from all parts of life, from highly-trained experts, to individuals who simply want to learn. There is no pre-requisite for applicants other than agreeing to the World Peace Treaty for peaceful development of the Magrav technologies. The learning environment at the KF SSI is open and adaptive. The emphasis is on developing a deep understanding of principles, rather than accumulating empirical knowledge. Students will be exposed to the basic Magrav plasma principles and related applications of positive gravitational positioning, creation of new materials, production of power, and health benefits.
The KF SSI is primarily a space-based organization, and learning all aspects of survival in space is a priority. Students and graduates will find job opportunities in support of KF SSI space technologies, and in spin-off companies of service to mankind on Earth. The unique combination of theoretical knowledge and practical training, will enable KF SSI students to develop an understanding of the Universe not available anywhere else.