- Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:37
A spacefaring civilization is not a futuristic luxury or a quixotic quest - it is a matter of near-term survival. Earth is no longer large enough for our civilization, and the resultant conflicts will ruin us.
The Spaceward Foundation is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to technology education and outreach. Its flagship project, the Space Elevator Challenge, is a technology competition with a NASA provided $4,000,000 prize purse. Spaceward is thrilled to see ISEC form as a governing body for Space Elevator activities around the world - it is an essential step towards the construction of a Space Elevator.
The fate of humanity depends very much on its ability to harness all planetary energy and develop a sustainable ecology, economy, and biosphere. Hence EuroSpaceward envisions to lastingly contribute to the technical development of mankind in order to enable its evolvement to a type I civilization which masters planetary survival by harnessing all planetary energy and having developed a sustainable ecology, economy and biosphere.
It’s not a new saying, but it’s true nonetheless; humanity must find new frontiers to conquer or it will stagnate. In addition, having to develop the science, the skills and the technologies necessary to make commercial use of space will result in enormous benefits for mankind.
The Space Elevator is a revolutionary technology which will result in tremendous benefit to humanity and the Space Elevator Blog was created to inform the public about everything that is happening inside the Space Elevator community. The Space Elevator Blog is proud to be associated with ISEC. The collaboration and cooperation between the individuals and organizations involved in this effort will result in an acceleration of the effort to build a Space Elevator.
The Japanese Space Elevator Association
In Japan, the idea of the Space Elevator was introduced immediately following the 1960 publication of Yuri Artsutanov's article in the Russian Pravda newspaper. The idea captured the public's imagination, and in the following years, many animations, cartoons and novels were released incorporating a Space Elevator. While the idea of the Space Elevator is firmly engrained in Japanese culture, most people do not think that the SE can be built in this century.
Our purpose is to change this opinion and increase the probability that the Space Elevator will be developed - in Japan and in the rest of the world. We believe Japan's neutral international stance and early adapter culture makes it a perfect host for the Space Elevator. The Japanese Space Elevator Association was established in April, 2008.