The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier

The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier

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The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier

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Message Copyright 1995, Rick N. Tumlinson

Credo Copyright 1989, Space Frontier Foundation

This message is the eleventh in a series of Space Frontier Foundation essays designed to inform the Internet public about the incredible possibilities awaiting us in space.

The Foundation’s Credo explains who we are, our guiding principles and our overarching goals. It stands as a set of rules by which we can judge our actions, and by its tone indicates our commitment to achieve results. This is the first of four messages which will examine and explain what it means to us, and how this effects our world view and actions.

“The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.

“Our goals include protecting the Earth’s fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space.

“Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.”

* Who are the people that make up the Foundation?

The Space Frontier Foundation is made up of people of all types who believe it is up to us, the people, to make space a part of the human domain. Foundationers come from all cultures, and political beliefs. From environmentalists to players on Wall Street, Foundationers all share our vision of a better tomorrow, as free people move outward into the new frontier. The Foundation is made up of people who are goal oriented, largely professionals, and from a broad range of backgrounds. They are people like you, who believe in our shared dream that space can be a frontier in our lifetime, and are willing to contribute their time and/or financial support to making that dream a reality for our children. There are Foundationers spread throughout the space field, from policy makers to astronauts to entrepreneurs. Some Foundation members and supporters are working in government to make our changes occur and some are engineers and scientists. We also have a large number of individuals who are building new space companies, the Boeings and Fords of the new frontier. And we have regular working people from all walks of life who simply want to get involved in something important, who want to make a real difference in the shape of the future… and we would like to think that soon, you too will join our growing numbers.

* Why the urgency?

Look around. For the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire and the onset of the “Dark Ages,” we face the possibility that our children will face a more difficult tomorrow than their parents. From standards of living, to personal freedoms, to a clean environment — their lot does not look good. We believe that within the next 50 to 100 years this decline will be well underway. We also understand that any large scale opening of the frontier cannot happen overnight, and will take decades to even begin. We feel there is absolutely no time to lose. We must make the human breakout irreversible as soon as possible or it might not happen for a long, long time….

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