Charting a bold path forward for America

From the bridge of an arriving spaceship, a view of the United States Spaceship Enterprise in spacedock preparing for an upcoming mission. (Credit: US Air Force.)
From the bridge of an arriving spaceship, a view of the United States Spaceship Enterprise in spacedock preparing for an upcoming mission. (Credit: US Air Force.)

The illustration above shows what could be happening now had past presidential administrations pursued an aggressive policy of advancing America’s spacefaring capabilities based on the pace of American aerospace technological advancement and the need to maintain America’s great power status. That this did not happen has been a consequence of poor political choices regarding the priorities of federal government expenditures.

President Kennedy’s spacefaring leadership

In President Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech at Rice University in Texas—at the dawn of the space age—advocating for America’s Apollo lunar landing program, he called on America to the “world’s leading space-faring nation.”

To become the “world’s leading space-faring nation”, America must normalize its space-faring capabilities, starting by removing the “-” from “space-faring”, as was done in “Spacefaring Institute”, and focusing on establishing the spacefaring infrastructure enabling safe and routine commercial human spacefaring operations. Fortunately, America’s aerospace industries now have the technological and industrial mastery needed to lead America’s transformation into a true world-leading spacefaring nation. What is now needed is a plan on how to proceed with effectively utilizing America’s growing spacefaring industrial mastery.

The Spacefaring Institute advocates the following:.

1. Define the urgent political need for America to undertake a commercial human spacefaring transformation. (Explanation)

2. Define an integrated technological path forward that effectively utilizes America’s aerospace industrial mastery to undertake this spacefaring transformation. (Explanation)

3. Convince President Trump to champion GEO space solar power. (Explanation)

4. Establish American leadership in transitioning the world to sustainable energy, ending energy impoverishment, and enabling worldwide sustainable development. (Explanation)