July 16, 2009

Space Frontier Foundation

Hmm, [this sounds familiar](

> The Space Frontier Foundation is transforming space from a government-owned bureaucratic program into a dynamic and inclusive frontier open to all people. Our central goal is the large-scale permanent settlement of space. We believe people have the “right stuff’ and that everyone will benefit from opening the space frontier. We believe that free markets and free enterprise will become an unstoppable force in the irreversible settlement of this new frontier, and that our world is on the verge of a truly historic breakthrough – cheap access to space.

Sounds great in theory. I mean, they get it. But in practice, space is way more expensive than the ocean, and the ocean is expensive enough that it is a major challenge for us. I think it’s pretty clear which new frontier is most likely to be opened in our lifetimes, although I’m glad that people are working on the next one in parallel. It’s a bigger, longer-term vision, which will take a lot of time to develop.

Will: _”Dude, space is so expensive that only governments can do it. At least people live on boats now! And there are cruise ships!”_

BTW, the SFF is having its [NewSpace 2009 Conference]( starting tomorrow at NASA Ames in Mountain View, CA.