NSS, Space Frontier to Announce Formation of New Space Development Alliance

sff_logoWASHINGTON, D.C. (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the National Space Society (NSS) will announce the formation of the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) at a media event on February 25th in Washington, D.C. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Representative Chaka Fattah (D) will co-host the press conference in the House Space Subcommittee hearing room in the Rayburn office building. The ASD (http://allianceforspacedevelopment.org/) is dedicated to influencing space policy toward the goals of space development and settlement.

At press time, the LifeBoat Foundation, The Mars Society, The Mars Foundation, The Space Development Steering Committee, The Space Tourism Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Students on Capitol Hill, Tea Party in Space, and the Texas Space Alliance have joined the ASD.

Charles Miller, Executive Coordinator of the ASD said, “We’re delighted that the support the ASD, and the focused, coordinated, year-long strategy it represents, has received in the space community.”

Chair of the NSS Executive Committee Mark Hopkins said: “NSS is proud to be a founding member of the ASD. We see space as a place not to just visit, but to stay. The time is right to galvanize the space community toward a greater focus on space development and settlement.”

Space Frontier Foundation’s President & Director James Pura said: “The Space Frontier Foundation sees the new Alliance as an important way to advance the central issue for the next era of space – the development and settlement of space as a growing contributor to human prosperity and well being.”

The ASD is organized around three key goals:

  1. Making the development and settlement of space a clearly defined part of why we are sending humans into space.
  2. Reducing the cost of access to space.
  3. Stimulating and accelerating the growth of space industries.

In 2015, ASD objectives include:

  1. Incorporation of space development and settlement into the NASA Space Act
  2. Four immediate actions to reduce the cost of access to space.
  3. Full support of the Commercial Crew Transportation program as requested by the Administration.
  4. Increasing the utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) while ensuring a gapless transition to private space stations, with NASA helping with development, and acting as an anchor tenant.

The ASD 2015 legislative strategy is a unified action plan that incorporates previously uncoordinated projects and activities, such as the March Storm (http://www.marchstorm.com/) the August Home District Blitz (http://allianceforspacedevelopment.org/category/events/), the 2015 International Space Development Conference, the NewSpace 2015 Conference, and other activities of ASD members.

About the National Space Society

The National Space Society is an independent non-profit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with thousands of members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. To learn more, visit the NSS Website (http://www.nss.org/).

About the Space Frontier Foundation

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. To learn more, visit the SFF Website (https://spacefrontier.org/).

  • ThomasLMatula

    From what I see its just the same old advocates with the same old ideas that have been lobbying Congress about NASA since the 1980’s. They tried incorporating space settlement into NASA before, it just ignored it. Google Space Settlement Act of 1988 for the sad story.

    But even worst, any space settlements NASA creates, just as with any “private” space stations it funds will be too expensive and generally unsuited for private enterprise. Why is it folks who claim to be libertarians always suggest socialist models for space development built around NASA? Such socialist development models haven’t worked in the past, just look at Russia’s Siberia or Brazil’s rainforest as classic examples of failures.

    Modern economic development is not about such grand socialist projects, but in creating institutions and laws that provide a framework for the free market to work. This effort will not be anymore successful than past alliances. Its way past time for a new generation of leaders, with a solid grounding in modern economics, to take over. Sadly there is little in space advocacy and its closed mindset to attract them.