Steven Howe

MisCon 27 Attending Professional

I am currently the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) in Idaho Falls, ID.  The CSNR is engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration, and is currently investigating the development of a radioisotope-powered long-range, long-lived Mars Hopper as well as the fabrication of fuels for nuclear reactors for power and propulsion in space. Dr. Howe is an avid author of fiction. His novellas, Wrench and Claw, Honor Bound Honor Born, and First Mars are available as ebooks on Kindle and other venues or at Smashwords.com .

The short version is that Steve is a nuclear scientist and science fiction author/fan. He is currently the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) in Idaho Falls, ID. The CSNR is pursuing development of a radioisotope powered Mars Hopper, nuclear rockets, and advanced power sources for human exploration. Prior to this, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for twenty years in areas such as nuclear weapons physics, nuclear rockets, in-situ resource utilization for space exploration, manned-Mars missions, medium-energy particle physics, antimatter physics, and fusion/plasma physics. As part of these efforts, he flew on the KC-135 “vomit comet”, poked his nose in the hatch of the space shuttle Atlantis while it sat on the pad, created a large hole in the ground at the Nevada Test Site, and had various other fun experiences.

Steve has also co-founded a company, Hbar Technologies LLC, to commercialize the use of antimatter (http://www.hbartech.com). Eventually, they hope to demonstrate a new cancer treatment using antiprotons. So far, “Hbar Tech” has been funded to investigate a revolutionary propulsion method to send a probe to the stars and examine a method of cataloguing the water content of asteroids in the main Asteroid Belt.


In addition to his regular activities, Dr. Howe is a published author of fiction having published the novella, Wrench and Claw, in Analog magazine. He also published the novel, Honor Bound Honor Born, which detailed the possible development of the first commercial base on the Moon. His novellas, Wrench and Claw, Honor Bound Honor Born, and First Mars are available as ebooks on Kindle and other venues or at Smashwords.com .

In addition to over fifty technical papers published worldwide and his published fiction works, he has also appeared in numerous television programs about space and rocketry. His television credits include: “Living and Working in Space”, PBS and Sci-Fi channel; “Mission to Mars”, Ultra Science, The Learning Channel; “Rocketships,” Discovery Channel (June ‘98); “Rockets in Space”, Wingspan (August &#

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

(Tentative)

  • Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Science Verses Sci-Fi, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 1:00
  • Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Nuclear Rockets, Antimatter, and Warp Drives, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 6:00
  • Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Exploring the Red Planet, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun Noon
  • Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Intelligent Dinosaurs: Were They Here First?, Containment Room (Upstairs)

Moderator Schedule

(Tentative)

Nuclear Rockets, Antimatter, and Warp Drives (Sat 1:00)


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 27.

MisCon Logo MisCon Logo
You are viewing part of the MisCon archives. Information here may be outdated.
For current information visit www.miscon.org.