As some of you may already know, besides being a technology junky, I’m also the founder of a fledgling idea called Space Corps that you can follow at @YourSpaceCorps on twitter or visit our pretty rudimentary website at https://www.spacecorps.com.
When I say “fledgling idea”, I mean it’s not much more than an ember being carefully fanned by a few others and myself. One of our followers on twitter recently asked, “You tweet a lot, but what do you really do?” It’s a good question. We do a lot of dreaming and a lot of brainstorming trying to figure out how to engage others who might share in our passion.
Our dream is big! Unbelievable enormous! Simply put, we want to see humankind spread out across the solar system and eventually the stars. We know that neither our children nor us may ever see it become reality. However, we passionately believe we can have a meaningful impact on moving us down that path starting right now. Haven’t you ever wanted to be a part of something so huge that it helped changed the course of human history? Well, that’s Space Corps in a nutshell.
How the heck are we going to achieve something so ambitious? Well, we want to start small and begin rolling the snowball down a VERY long hill. To begin with, we want to harvest and tap into the talents and passion of the “crowd”. We believe there are thousands and thousands of likeminded individuals who share in our dream. We want to connect with people like us who are willing to volunteer small amounts of their talent, knowledge, wisdom, and time. What amazing things could we do by leveraging just a bit of time and talent from a large volunteer corps?
What about money? We think the technological and engineering challenges of space exploration are challenging but solvable. The chief obstacle is providing a source of reliable and renewable investment into solving those challenges. Philanthropy, commercial space ventures, government space programs etc. are fine but they are not sufficient nor are they the only way of funding putting humans on other worlds. We want to develop multiple sources of revenue across multiple industries and use those profits to propel us forward. For example, we might develop mobile games, fan fiction, or even theme parks to tap into the entertainment industry. We might develop lines of clothing and space related merchandise. The point is that there are many ways to build sources of revenues and avoid putting all the eggs into one basket. A renewable source of capital would allow us to invest in other organizations and partner with companies who are pursuing avenues of space exploration aligned with our vision. Where there are gaps, we can directly invest in our own research and development activities. We don't believe in going it alone.
So, what’s next? Or I should say, what’s first for Space Corps? As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, Space Corps is just the spark of an idea that we are trying to grow into a self sustaining flame. What we want to do first is build a web-based portal to help connect and engage with, what we hope will be thousands of, volunteers. People who will share and help shape our dream. The portal will be come a community of Space Corps “crew members” where people can interact, share ideas, and contribute to moving the vision forward. For a broader overview, checkout our presentation on slideshare.
So, back to money … we recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise a few dollars to build, launch and host the web-based portal I just mentioned. That will get us off the launch pad and start the ball rolling down the proverbial hill.
If donating isn't your thing, we’d still like to hear from you. Can you contribute in other ways? Let us know! Tweet us at @YourSpaceCorps or drop us an e-mail at contact -at- spacecorps -dot- com.
Incidentally, we're all volunteers ourselves and this is a work of passion for us. We hope you'll join us on our adventure!