Why Outer Space Development: Who Will Get to Benefit?
“Where there is no vision the people perish …” Proverbs 29:18
Outer space studies can be taught to any and all learners. We are offering to schedule webinars, workshops, talks and online courses to teach a broad range of people, from all walks of life, about newly emerging trends related to outer space development and space law, through a non-STEMS approach to learning. It is the eve of outer space development, but few people are aware of this. In the absence of awareness, people cannot prepare for the opportunities that will arise; and so the vast wealth likely to flow to Earth from outer space will cause ever-greater inequality and instability in our already unequal and unstable world.
Humankind’s ascent into spacefaringness will be one of the greatest achievements of our time. Everyone conceivably can have a chance to shine and to be mentioned in the history books.
Just imagine what our world might be like, if past colonization and development scenarios had involved a broader range of people. Humankind has a new opportunity. People from all nations and all walks of life, especially youth and students, have a chance to play a major role in the development of outer space. The goal is to mend the knowledge gap and thereby increase the likelihood of reducing the widening gaps of social and financial inequality. We believe everyone has something to contribute. Everyone should be made aware that it is time – time to believe in the necessity of outer space development.
VISION: A world where everyone can contribute to and benefit from outer space development
MISSION: To help educate as many people as possible about outer space development trends
The webinars, lectures and talks enable students and educators to factor equality and diversity into the process of outer space development by creating a widespread movement to teach outer space development studies to all students, especially those who study social and behavioral sciences.
In calling for this, I am also putting out a call to visionary thinkers to increase public awareness that outer space is already in the process of being developed.
The objective is to provide a pedagogical approach aimed at mending the knowledge gap. If we fail in this objective, we are more likely than ever before to witness ever-widening gaps of social and financial inequality.
My research attempts to bridge two worlds: the general public and the space development community. Most people know very little about space law, space policy, why the NASA Space Shuttle fleet was retired and what comes next, or how to interpret news briefs regarding space activities.
- newly emerging trends for outer space development
- educational enlightenment to move humanity into spacefaring status
It is the eve of outer space development, but few people are aware of this. In the absence of awareness, people cannot prepare for the opportunities that will arise; and so the vast wealth likely to flow to Earth from outer space will cause ever-greater inequality and instability in our already unequal and unstable world. Only a few people are knowledgeable about the newly emerging trends.
For too long the field of space studies has remained a secret, known to only a select few. Most people are unaware of the plans which have been laid for outer space development. As it stands, the various fields which make up the outer space development regime are developing and expanding in a ways where only a few elite companies, individuals and countries are likely to benefit, in meaningful ways. This is undemocratic and likely to repeat patterns of massive inequality between countries and between people. This historical pattern will perpetuate unless those currently left out are engaged. This situation flies in the face of space law.
Specifically, the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 states the “exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples irrespective of the degree of their economic or scientific development”. How can people benefit if they don’t know? So, creating a public awareness campaign to encourage teaching the general public so that they can grain knowledge about newly emerging space trends, can produce greater opportunity.
Issues at Stake: perpetual inequality, quality of education, lost opportunities for intellectual renaissance, golden opportunity for a gift-talent driven technological space revolution spurring humankind in space faring status, perfect situation to breed world peace and cooperation of all people and all nations. I love the expression he or she is “a natural”.
People are out there who have natural abilities, knowledge and innate talents to fill in missing pieces needed for humankind to become truly space faring. Sustainable, green, interstellar travel to habitable planets can become a reality with the coming together of such people.
PHILOSOPHY: EDUCATION IS OUR GREAT HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
The first step toward accomplishing this goal is to expose students, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and public officials to cutting-edge research which highlights emerging industries in the field of outer space development. Exposing students to this type of cutting-edge knowledge while it is being created is likely to have a markedly positive impact on their future careers. Preparing them now to lead in newly emerging industries at a time when outer space settlements are being constructed can serve as a powerful motivating force to enable them to want to excel in school. Budding abilities, gifts, and talents can be recruited, nourished, and developed. Space has long been known to engage and interest students, and it is time to take these possibilities to a place beyond mere fascination. It is time to take students to a new level—to actual meaningful participation in outer space development resulting in tangible career opportunities.
The Need for Imagination: Imagine outer space development themes being used to motivate and reinspire high school students who have lost their interest in school. Imagine outer space studies being added to the K-12 curriculum across the globe. Imagine universities providing students the opportunity to prepare themselves to lead as newly emerging industries take flight. Imagine outer space development sparking creativity and innovation. Imagine realizable opportunities made known to people from all walks of life within each nation so that we can all get ready to meet the challenges as humankind ascends into outer space. Imagine people being retrained for new job opportunities. This vision enables us to view outer space development as a means for solving the inequality gap problem that many scholars, activists, and academics have complained about. Outer space development can serve as an incentive for world peace and equality.
WHY DEVELOP OUTER SPACE?
In US society, many people are experiencing depression, anxiety, career anxiety; we see alarming rates of people dropping out of high school and college; and there is a general lack of opportunities, along with high rates of job loss. People need something that will allow them to focus anew their talents, energies, abilities, and gifts, and use this bleak climate as an opportunity for positive change.
The global community is experiencing economic recession, natural disasters, lack of opportunity, employment anxiety, failing K-12 programs, widening inequality gaps, uprisings, revolutions, revolts, unmet educational goals, and a general failure to uplift, inspire, and provide meaningful opportunities for significant portions of our population. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to jumpstart the economy. Shortly after completing the Ph.D. program and moving back to St. Louis, Missouri to start a new life with a new degree (2008) the Dow Jones failed; Wall Street failed; millions of working people lost their houses to foreclosure; tent communities and homeless populations were on the increase…in the U.S. The world needs a new stimulus to awaken economic prosperity. Outer space development is emerging as an answer to this state of crisis. The question is: To whom will the benefits accrue?
SPACE LAW: THE OUTER SPACE TREATY OF 1967, 3 OTHER TREATIES AND THE MOON AGREEMENT (1979-1984)
The Outer Space Treaty f 1967, ARTICLE I states:
The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind …
Beautiful, heartfelt, and awe-inspiring. However, is it really likely that all people will benefit as outer space development happens? This treaty deems outer space and its resources as belonging to “the province of mankind.” Only a few people are aware of the new space activities and newly emerging industries. So how can everyone benefit? Outer space development provides the perfect opportunity for democracy, equality, opportunity, and a solutions-based approach for many world problems. Key actors will become the primary shareholders in the future; everyone else will be left behind. This would be contrary to the Outer Space Treaty which states that all people should benefit from outer space. Beautiful, heartfelt, and awe-inspiring. However, is it really likely that all people will benefit as outer space development happens?
This treaty deems outer space and its resources as belonging to “the province of mankind.” Only a few people are aware of the new space activities and newly emerging industries. So how can everyone benefit?
Outer space development provides the perfect opportunity for democracy, equality, opportunity, and a solutions-based approach for many world problems. However, since there is little awareness and no critique, it is likely that past patterns of using public resources to establish wealth for the few will soon become globally irreversible.
On the agenda plans are plans to build advanced space transportation systems; to privatize spacecraft development; to create commercial space habitats, space stations, and space settlements; to initiate commercial space mining; to investigate spacecraft trajectory optimization for landing on near-Earth asteroids; to engage in commercial spaceport construction and interstellar-interplanetary-international telecommunications; and to launch space exploration missions to near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, Mars, and Mars’s moons. U.S. initiatives have in the past been mirrored by the international community, and we can expect to see similar patterns arising on a global scale—indeed, as this book will demonstrate, they already are.
Where Will The Money Come From To Develop Outer Space?
Platinum-group metals such as iridium and osmium, and various other valuable untapped natural resources, have been discovered in abundant quantities and are likely to be mined by companies. The discovery of natural resources has sparked development projects in the past. These historical patterns of human behavior are occurring again today, as companies speed up the process of private spaceship development.
Public Apathy: Why Should People Care?
Many strategic decisions have already been taken regarding space development of which the global general public is unaware. Once legal rights to space resources are granted, only those with the capital to take advantage of new laws and policies will be in a position to profit from the new space industries. Only those who are in a position to “know” about outer space development will be in position to take advantage of the opportunities. It is important to remember that the global general public has for several decades being paying the start-up costs for space exploration research, science, and technology. It’s not too late to factor in equality before an infrastructure of inequality is forever with us as we venture to establish the final frontier. Notifying Heirs: People should be notified that they, as the province of mankind, have been granted rights to outer space territory and resources. What a great way to spark a new type of excitement and participation in outer space development.es
So What? Leaders promote and people crave democracy, equality and opportunity. Scholars and leaders speak to problems such as widening inequality gaps, conflict and the need to create job opportunities. Outer space development provides the perfect opportunity for democracy, equality, opportunity, and a solutions-based approach for many world problems. However, since there is little awareness and no critique, it is likely that past patterns of using public resources to establish wealth for the few will soon become globally irreversible.
What Happens Next?
- Add Outer Space Development Studies to the Curriculum: pre-schools, K-12, universities, nursing schools, plumbing and other technical schools, pre-law, pre-med, art, music, politics, international relations, computational mathematics, special education and any other schools imaginable throughout the global community.
- Niche-Expertise: People have the power to develop their own knowledge base-a niche expertise in some aspect of outer space development.
- Including Everyone: We must commit ourselves to finding ways to include those located at all strata of the global society. We must do a full scale search for talent and genius and cultivate it with all people, especially those born into situations where they lack access to privileged knowledge-contact arrangements which generally determine which young people will make it into “top” careers. The children of people historically prevented from participating in privileged arenas must be included this time in order for the Outer Space Treaty to be upheld.
- Education: Students, K-12, university and graduate students, can play an integral part in the development, envisioning and planning stage of human space settlements, and they can integrate these hands on experiences in with current course studies.
- Global Alliances: Form global alliances aimed at addressing the issue of creating a broad public awareness and excitement about the development of outer space.