This is an interesting concept. Why haven’t I heard about this earlier?

From our start, we have sought to directly reach the decision makers in matters of space policy, as we felt our outsider status with regard to the space industry would be a hindrance. Throughout our development and refinement, we have steadily received positive unofficial support from the officials with whom we shared this approach. With the announcement of President Obama’s Presidential Commission to Review US Human Spaceflight, we again made the rounds of the Administration, Congress, DoD, and NASA. Again receiving positive unofficial support, it has been suggested that we adopt a more public posture, and gain public support above and beyond the simple merits of our strategic proposal.

This looks like many other infrastructure proposals I’ve seen. How is this different?

Many proposals have been around for years, ranging from theoretical proposals like Vision Spaceport to those under construction like Spaceport America. There have also been several papers citing the advantages of a maritime framework for outer space. These concepts provide valuable infrastructure services for the industries they service, but they do little to change the overall status quo that has resulted in a struggling manned orbital space flight industry.

While our proposal calling for a national capability to address on-orbit emergencies does contribute to infrastructure, it more fundamentally shifts the industrial model supporting manned orbital spaceflight. As such, it nurtures a sustainable industry instead of relying on one.

Just what are you hoping to accomplish?

We genuinely believe our strategic insight is a missing part of the industry, and without it, manned orbital spaceflight as an industry will continue to struggle with sustainability. Beyond encouraging a shift in national policy that incorporates our strategy, we would like to be part of the team that transitions this strategy into a national program, and as such contribute to the birth of a sustainable high-tech industry capable of contributing billions of dollars annually to a national economy.

Is this all there is to your work?

We’ve been studying this for nearly twenty years, and have only put up the basic introduction to our findings. In addition to the reports and presentations we make available here, we have a wealth of supporting material that we would be willing to discuss in person.

Does this strategy compete against the other technology initiatives currently under consideration?

Not at all. There are many technology and destination plans under debate, and all have certain merits. We believe, however, that strategy is a more fundamental issue. Once the strategy is decided, we can then consider what technology best supports that strategy, and what destinations are in reach.

Shouldn’t this be submitted to NASA?

Unquestionably, this strategy will need to incorporate NASA’s expertise to become a reality. We have begun reaching out to NASA and their development teams, and are working on an unsolicited proposal with the intent of bringing together industry experts to produce an informed and realistic plan for developing this strategic capability.