By Leonard David, June 28, 2017
The original article can be found on Leonard’s website: Space for Humanity: Democratize Space
Space for Humanity is a just-announced non-profit organization that will select a non-astronaut to travel to the edge of space at the end of 2018.
The organization was launched at NewSpace 2017, being held this week in San Francisco.
As part of the group’s rollout, Space for Humanity is accepting applications for diverse individuals to be granted an all-expenses paid journey on the World View vehicle.
“Our longer-term vision is to send selected groups into Low Earth Orbit by 2022, the Moon by 2027 and deep space by 2030,” explains Dylan Taylor, the organization’s founder. He is a respected angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs.
According to the Space for Humanity website, it has been founded to both democratize space and to increase human awareness to help the world solve its most intractable problems.
“The crews selected for our missions are both diverse and uniquely qualified to share their experiences with their broader communities and the world. We believe that through group experience and a diverse selection process, we can do our small part to help take our species forward into a brighter future,” explains the website
At this week’s NewSpace 2017 gathering, a Space for Humanity talk highlighted some key points:
Current Situation (June 2017)
- 536 people crossed the Karman Line that lies at an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers; 330,000 ft) above the Earth’s sea level, and commonly represents the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
- 533 people to orbit
- 24 have seen the entire Earth
- 12 have walked on the Moon
- 536 people who have been to space: 89% men; 85% westerners
“Our stated mission is to send 10,000 diverse humans to space within the next ten years and so doing change human perception, democratize space, and improve the state of the World,” Taylor adds.
For more information on Space for Humanity, go to:
NOTE: Full disclosure – I am a member of the group’s Strategic Advisors.