TO SPACE, TOGETHER
We are building a decentralized space program, connecting thousands of engineers, scientists, and future astronauts, to devise and fund next-generation space initiatives.
How it Works
- Initial collaboration is fostered through the community-driven curation of a portfolio of projects
- Requirements and goals are defined for the projects in order to guide the solution stage
- Community members are incentivized to submit open-source action plans through a competitive “request for proposals” process
- Action plans are vetted using a transparent decision-making process
- The best proposal for each project will be added to a digital commons, with alternates archived
- Everyone will have access to these shared commons and will be enabled to take action
- Funds are collectively raised to support the development, testing, and launch of top action plans
- Jobs are created and work contracts are assigned based on solution proposals
- Collaborative research and shared visions become realities
- Contributions are rewarded upon commercial adoption of solutions seeded from the digital commons
We need to explore whether NASA's Deep Space Gateway is complementary or orthoganol to a Lunar City. I can do the necessary research to fulfill this.
Model lease for a hypothetical space community, drawn up by a leading scholar of private voluntary communities: http://voluntaryist.com/backissues/081.pdf
If humans are to colonize space, we will need large, human-rated structures to live in. It makes no sense to build an entire orbiting colony out of tin cans launched from Earth. Let's discuss some ideas for in-space construction to pave the way for human colonization of space!
Hello fellow asteroid miners. What are your views on the current discussion at Davos and on the upcoming UNCOPUOS session on space mining?
The new book Artemis, by Andy Weir (the author of The Martian) comes out on Nov. 14. It's near-future (2080 or so) techno-thriller set in Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon, owned and managed by the Kenyan Space Corporation (KSC). How the KSC comes to create and run the first colony on the Moon is among the most interesting part of the book. Also interesting, the Artemis economy and its electronic currency "slugs" (soft-landed grams). While the slug isn't a currency but a company scrip, it's used as currency in Artemis and can be converted to national currencies. The book doesn't inspire much sense of wonder, not like for example Arthur C. Clarke's Earthlight or other golden age science fiction novels set on the Moon, but gives a detailed and plausible description of the Artemis lunar outpost, the technology used for mining and manufacturing, and the Artemis economy. Andy Weir thinks settling the Moon is the next logical step in space because business cases can be made (google recent interviews). The book seems written directly for film, and of course the film is in the works. Since most action scenes take place outside, I think the film could recover the sense of wonder missing from the book.
This is a classic yet accessible work on the political economy of various democratic governance schemes: http://files.libertyfund.org/files/1063/Buchanan0102-03EBk_v6.0.pdf