Some commonly asked questions

Some commonly asked questions

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Some commonly asked questions

Message 8 of the Frontier Files c 1995, Space Frontier Foundation

In response to the first seven messages we’ve received a number of questions that might interest an audience wider than the people who asked them. So, we’re taking a short break from proselytizing to answer some of them.

Question: There are several people in my area who are not on-line, but might be interested in these essays. May I print them out and forward them (with proper credit, of course)?

Answer:

Actually, we’d rather you didn’t. The messages are designed to be read in a particular order and context. If you know anyone who you think would like to receive these “Frontier Files” please send us their internet address and we will be happy to add them to the list. If anyone wants to be removed from the list all they need do is send us a plain English message — no special format or magic words required.

Question:

Are all the positions taken in all the Frontier Files the official positions of the Space Frontier Foundation?

Answer: No. If the message is copyrighted by an individual and the Space Frontier Foundation, any opinions expressed are personal. They are, however, consistent with the Space Frontier Foundation point of view. If the message is copyrighted only by the Space Frontier Foundation it is our official position.

Question:

There is nothing new here, I’ve heard all this stuff before.

Answer:

Actually, there is much that is not new in the Frontier Files. Some of what we say is a retelling of history, or of the same arguments and discussions that occurred in every culture from ancient China to Britain as they confronted the unknown. A lot of what we have to say was worked out in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Other items you will encounter, are reporting and explaining technologies, policies and ideas that some people may not be familiar with.

Unfortunately, the ideas that lead to our call for a free and open frontier in space have not been heard by the vast majority of people — it is for those people that the Frontier Files are primarily intended. We urge those readers to whom these ideas are old hat to read them anyway. We’ve spent a great deal of effort honing these ideas for a non-technical audience and the more of us who can speak persuasively of the subject, the better.

Question:

I love what you’re doing. What can I do to help?

Answer: The Space Frontier Foundation is a volunteer organization and all kinds of help are required. Two simple suggestions are:

1 – Send money, although we are considered to be the most effective space organization on a dollar for dollar basis, we need significant funding to do many of the things we do. You can be assured it will be multiplied many times over in its effect;

2 – Send us internet addresses, we believe, (and our feedback supports us) that just about everybody in your personal e-mail address list would be interested in receiving these “Frontier Files”;

If you want to do more, please contact openfrontier@delphi.com with a description of your interests and qualifications.

Space Frontier Foundation

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Nyack, NY 10960-2114

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