Frequently Asked Questions
What is Space For Humanity?
Space for Humanity is a non-profit organization founded to shape the future of space travel and policy. Space for Humanity’s ultimate goal is to democratize access to space by granting the opportunity for citizens from all over the world to travel into space regardless of their financial resources. Today, less than 600 people have been to space in the history of the world. The majority (89%) of these astronauts have been men, and most (85%) have been citizens of Western nations. Space For Humanity believes that the future of space travel must be democratized, and in doing so, that we can inspire the next generation’s passion for math, science, leadership, and social change as we ignite a higher level of consciousness to face our most intractable challenges.
The goal of Space for Humanity’s program is four-fold:
- To democratize space travel to all ethnic groups, nationalities, social groups, and other areas of distinction by sending private citizens to space
- To create citizen ambassadors that can motivate, inspire, and communicate their experiences throughout their communities and the world at large
- To help shape future space policy toward a more inclusive, democratic focus; and
- To target educational institutions for our ambassadors to speak at, using them to motivate a new generation towards STEM education.
What are Space For Humanity’s plans?
We will select citizens from around the world travel to space as soon as flights are commercially available. Space for Humanity hopes to send groups on suborbital flights by the end of the decade, to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by 2025, the Moon by 2030, and Mars by 2035. Each mission will consist of a small group with 5-6 individuals. The crews selected for our missions will be both diverse and uniquely qualified to share their experiences with their broader communities and the world at large.
Space For Humanity believes 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.
What is the actual mode of transportation?
There are several different types of technologies currently being developed in the commercial spaceflight industry. Space For Humanity partners with all available vehicles to offer global citizens a diversity of spaceflights.
Blue Origin flights will initially occur on the New Shepard vehicle which consists of a pressurized capsule atop a reusable rocket booster.
Virgin Galactic involves the use of a carrier plan known as WhiteKnightTwo which will take off from a runway and release a rocket powered space plane called SpaceshipTwo which carries the crew into space.
Worldview flights utilize the Voyager vehicle which is mated to an ultra-high altitude balloon that will reach the stratosphere where passengers can see the curvature of the Earth below.
What is the program timeline? Is there a deadline to apply?
We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis and anticipate moving forward with the initial round of interviews in 2018. Space for Humanity does not develop flight hardware and therefore depends on the availability of our launch partners to determine actual flight dates.
Our mission is to send 10,000 citizen astronauts to space over the next 10 years, so don’t worry if your video isn’t selected in the first round!
What are the application requirements?
Be at least 18 years old.
Have a passion for humanity and a desire to change the world
Why do I have to speak English to apply?
English is the official language of aviation, so for now, all Space for Humanity applicants must speak English so that they can communicate with the flight and ground crew. However, Space for Humanity’s ultimate goal is to make our program available to individuals across global language groups as our organization grows. Please stay tuned for further updates in this area.
How can I increase my chances of being selected?
Space for Humanity’s selection process is democratic and open to the public. Among other criteria, individuals with the highest number of “votes” will move forward for interviews, so the time and thoughtfulness that you put into crafting a meaningful and impactful video is crucial.
Beyond online votes, Space for Humanity maintains a review board made up of employees, volunteers and advisors. If you are interested in joining the review board, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the review board are NOT eligible to apply to go to space with Space for Humanity.
Your video should inspire and show us your passion! Be original, creative, and honest as to why you should be selected for this incredible opportunity. Tell the world why you personally care about space and want this opportunity, how you think that the mission will change you, and how you intend to bring these insights and experiences back to your community — basically just tell your story. Then advertise and share your video within your networks. Be creative in how you get more people to view and “vote” for your video—the sky’s not the limit any more!
Remember to tell us what you would like to achieve when you return. How will you have a lasting impact on society if we select you to go to space? We will support you with ongoing resources and guidance during the ambassadorship so focus on amazing outcomes!