International Space Elevator Consortium

International Space Elevator Consortium

One of the more exciting potential applications of nanoscience is the space elevator/shaft concept. This technological innovation could reduce dramatically the cost of sending payloads into space. Carbon molecules can be configured in a way to make possible the manufacture of super strong and light ribbon. This ribbon can be “dropped” from space to Earth (or to any celestial body) to form a tether between the celestial mass and an artificial counterweight in space. Special vehicles are now being designed to clamp onto and “climb” each side of the ribbon, powered below by laser light converted into electricity.

 

 

 

Thomas Meylan, Ph.D., evolutionary psychology and astrophysics

Thomas Meylan, Ph.D., evolutionary psychology and astrophysics

Thomas Meylan, Ph.D. is a thought leader in “optimizing luck” for the accomplished individual and for any work culture in the context of each. His approach draws from his background in both evolutionary psychology and astrophysics.

 

 

 

Gamma-ray bursts link

Gamma-ray bursts

The human family lives within a reality of planet-life ending radiation from gamma-rays, which can occur any moment by the right type of imploding star within the Milky Way galaxy. Current and future human generations must either evade or somehow confront this natural lethal mega-force.

 

 

 

Freshwater scarcity/stress on Earth

Freshwater scarcity/stress on Earth

Freshwater scarcity/stress affects different sub-regions of Earth differently. The problem can be approached through using space-based solar power for energy-intensive seawater desalination followed by pipeline infrastructure projects.

 

 

 

Space-based solar power link

Space-based solar power

Space-based solar power can be a pivotal factor in three main areas of human endeavor:

1) Fighting rapid climate change on Earth as a renewable energy source

2) Alleviating global freshwater scarcity as a power source for seawater desalination

3) Powering interplanetary spacecraft instead of more controversial nuclear power

 

 

 

Frank White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (1998, 1987)

Frank White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (1998, 1987)

Frank White uses interviews and writings by 29 astronauts and cosmonauts to show how circling the Earth every 90 minutes and viewing it from our moon have profoundly affected their perceptions of themselves, their world and the future. White imagines how a permanent perspective from outer space beyond excessive nationalism can affect politics, religion, social relations, psychology, economics and the hard sciences. Potential rebellion by human space settlers and human contact with extraterrestrial beings are also examined.

 

 

 

Education Advancement Fund International

Education Advancement Fund International

Since its founding in 2002, Education Advancement Fund International (EAFI) has initiated various programs to facilitate international education exchange, cultural understanding, global education reform and gender equality in education by assisting poor, minority and learning disabled students to overcome financial barriers to appropriate education.

 

 

 

Theresa Hitchens, Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course (2004)

Theresa Hitchens, Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course (2004)

Theresa Hitchens is a former defense issues journalist. She has served as the editor of Defense News, the director of the Center for Defense Information (CDI) in Washington, D.C. and the director of the United Nations Institution for Disarmament Research (UNIDR) in Geneva.

 

 

 

Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA)

Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA)

Established in 2007, UNPA meets annually in different cities of the world to draft declarations for how best to achieve representative democracy through the United Nations system.