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
This thread is created to spark off the defining the mission objectives for Luna City. (Note: I edited the title/body to reflect that we are in the mission objective definition phase)
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.
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!
This is a very complicated project to think through when you think about questions like land ownership in the context of both crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Legally speaking, it will make the most sense if most of the land belonged to the commons, yet habitats can be purchased for some minimum amount. Hence if someone “crowdfunds” $100, they shouldn’t necessarily be expecting to have a habitat on this village, but they can perhaps have one weeks of stay in the village’s hotels. Based on the different amount a person contributed, they’d either have a hotel stay or a settlement. When someone vacates their settlement, they’d only be able to sell it for the same price plus costs incurred, hence there is no motivation to be a landlord. This returns land to the commons. The first location should be decided before the crowdfund occurs, as based on citizenship, only certain participants will be allowed to live there.
This thread is to recommend and discuss great space/ science fiction books!
To build sustainable momentum toward the Luna City vision, I think we need a relatively simple and cheap first Moon mission. A lunar cubesat (I am using the term in the "small and cheap satellite" sense) to study candidate locations for outposts and settlements would be a good first mission. This mission is doable within realistic time and budget, but ambitious enough to establish SC/SD as a player and motivate space enthusiasts to participate. I have considerable experience in (Earth) observation sats and can help out.