Space Settlement In the News
Press releases, Op-Ed’s, articles, and other news items are listed here. These articles are recommended by the Space Frontier Foundation’s Space Settlement Project. All material is copyright by the material owners. The Space Frontier Foundation is a media and policy organization dedicated to the human settlement of space in our lifetime.
Alan Wasser, Chairman of the Space Settlement Institute, has proposed legislation to enable space settlement. As the Aldridge Commission proposed, a sufficiently big prize could spur private enterprise to develop space transport and establish a real space settlement. Unfortunately, it is not realistic to expect Congress to fund such a prize out of tax revenues. This law would establish a “Space Settlement Prize” funded by a system of recognized property rights, that would be even more valuable, accomplishing the same result. It would require “out of the box” thinking, but would not require any appropriation of government money.
“Space Must be Settled, Not Just Explored” may be read in the October-December Space Operations Communicator, a publication of Space Operations and Support, a technical committee within the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. See the article through the below page by scrolling down to “Sound Off” for the link. Jeff Krukin has updated his article published in June 2004 at Betterhumans.com.
In an Op-Ed in Space News entitled “Marketing Space to the General Public and Media,” Jeff Krukin emphasizes the need for settlement with these closing remarks: “Regardless of the purpose of our myriad space activities, regardless of the destinations, settlement is the unifying theme of all our space endeavors. After all…all human activity is ultimately about where and how we live. And space is all about how we live on Earth.”
The Space Settlement Prize – What is the best motivation for promoting space settlement? In the conclusion of a long-running debate, Alan Wasser makes the case for prizes.
Alan’s article is a reply to this one: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/224/1
Some property rights advocates have argued that the U.S. should amend or withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty. Alan Wasser, Chairman of the Space Settlement Institute, offers an alternative that will give the benefits of property rights without the messy treaty complications.
Space Settlement Project speaker and writer Jeff Krukin appeared on The Space Show at 10PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 31, 2004. He discussed the importance of space settlement to human survival and prosperity, and our connection to space which covers the spectrum from spiritual to scientific to environmental to commercial. Jeff refers to this as The Human-Space ConnectionTM. For information about how to listen to this show, please see:
In Transterrestrial Musings, Rand Simberg mentions Jeff Krukin’s speech at Return to the Moon V (Las Vegas, July 16-18,2004), focuses on “settlement,” and links to the Space Settlement project.
An article by Jeff Krukin on Betterhumans.com entitled Space Is Our Home, Not a Program – Focusing on federally funded exploration misses the point: Settlement is the goal, and it’s key to our survival and prosperity.
Spacedaily.com reports that two leading space activist foundations, The Moon Society and the Artemis Society, have endorsed the Space Settlement Initiative.
John Carter McKnight reports on the Space Settlement Summit.
The Space Frontier Foundation’s press release regarding the Space Settlement Summit, which was held on March 1st and 2nd, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA.