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
"sustainability, efficiency, incentives, privacy, and decentralization" Sustainability refers to many things, first and foremost the need to reduce the unsustainable energy requirements of the Bitcoin blockchain. Efficiency: A new modern cryptocurrency should achieve the throughput of major credit card networks (ten of thousands of transactions per second). Privacy: That's simple. Transactions should be totally private ans untraceable, as in the wildest dreams of cypherpunks and crypto anarchists. Decentralization and incentives: The new cryptocurrency should be designed from the ground up to enable and optimize the operations of a real space-oriented Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), with incentives designed to attract all space enthusiasts, including the best and brightest doers.
Let's try and find a sexy name for this cryptocurrency, which is a must. My own favorite is "slugs" as in Andy Weir's Artemis https://space.coop/forum/posts/artemis-by-andy-weir. I also like "sparks." A good name should come with a good url. Too bad slugs.com and sparke.com are taken. Other ideas?
Small improvement proposal: I can only login via Google, but I can't login via email. I would like to have both options because I often I have different browsers open with different Google identities. Having both login options (Google AND email) would allow me to log in space.coop from any open browser.
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.
Low Earth Luxury
A luxurious resort destination in low Earth orbit. Let turn this idea into reality. recognize that a resort is by definition a commercial for-profit business get more crew -- specifically involve serious business people write business plan incorporate find pre-seed investors and business angels find architect find engineers find contractors find financing for the whole project book the resort solidly with guests for the next ten years because you have to pay back financial backers Is this the first time someone has proposed a space resort? No. Is this the furthest along such project? No. Are most such projects actually just orbital hotels with no real thought put into luxury? Yes. Do most people know the difference between a hotel and a resort? No, not even most travel agents. Do we have a chance at successfully turning this discussion into a profitable company? Yes, but there will be a lot of hard work.
There are, at last count, at least eight for-profit companies and nonprofit foundations with plans to colonize Mars. Is Martian Springs discussion only? Or is there intent for the group to formalize and send people to Mars?