What’s Out There
As long as people have been gazing into the night sky, we’ve wondered, “What’s out there?” When we learned those stars were other suns burning with other worlds around them, we wanted to go there.
Even today, with no starships yet at our docks, the allure is strong. It is in our science fiction. It is in our folklore. It is in our soul to wonder about our place in the Universe.
Getting there is another matter, which includes both technical challenges and human factors – the influence from, and on, society.
If our culture perceives star flight to be too far, too expensive, or simply irrelevant, then humanity will remain here no matter what technology might achieve.
Accelerating Starflight Progress
We exist to find pioneers and support them as they make progress.
While we strictly apply the scientific method, we recognize the power and utility of science fiction to depict possible futures and inspire the best choices.
We believe it is possible to break the habit of waiting until the last minute to start solving the problem, the habit of premature choice, and resist non-essential distractions.
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How will humanity’s views change when the first habitable world is discovered?
Or when extraterrestrial intelligence is detected?
Starflight will enable humanity to advance beyond our solar system, opening vast opportunities never before possible. It will also raise profound questions:
- Colony ships – Who goes, with what cultures, united or independent?
- New worlds – Are they ours to inhabit?
- New life – Are we predators or co-inhabitants?
- New civilizations – friend or foe?
- Harnessing energy levels great enough to vaporize the surface of planets – How do we become responsible stewards of such prowess?
“Earth is the cradle of humanity, but it is impossible to live forever in the cradle”
Making Life Better Today
It is hoped that this pursuit will give people something positive to work toward.
- We can conquer frontiers together, instead of conquering each other
- We deserve a challenge so provoking that it brings out our best
- Earth needs a neutral venue to address and responsibly solve contentious societal questions (world ships: sustainable population limits, governance, life purpose, etc.)
- Mankind will benefit from technological spinoffs from revolutionary pursuits instead of just incremental innovations