[hackerspaces] DARPA Selects Hackerspace Space Program for contract negotiation

Petr Baudis pasky at ucw.cz
Wed Apr 4 12:37:44 CEST 2012


On Mon, Apr 02, 2012 at 01:31:26PM -1000, Jerry Isdale wrote:
> Today I got an email from DARPA stating that they have selected our "Hackerspace Space Program" for contract negotiation.

  Congratulations! Good luck moving further with this!

  I have two questions:

> Here's the basic introduction from the tech proposal...
> 1. Innovation
> We propose a HSP organization based around the coordination of Hackerspaces (HS) worldwide.

  Does this really mean that all hackerspaces worldwide would fully
cooperate, or would there still be any difference between US and non-US

> 2. Results
> We will create an important platform for local communities, young people and the general public to get engaged with space travel and exploration. We’re in a unique position to engage wide interest, support broad involvement and apply an extensive set of problem-solving skills and capabilities.
> This platform will be one step in pushing mankind’s limits to help us survive and thrive in space, as well as improving our chances here on Earth by spurring the innovation needed to solve global challenges, resource constraints and the need to get along in an increasingly crowded environment.

  What will DARPA get from the HSP and involved Hackerspaces in
exchange? Just ability to look at whatever opensourced results we
produce and stick a nice logo at some place (i.e. "non-invasive
funding"), or would there be any more strings attached and roughly
what kind would they be? Would they be the same for US and non-US
hackerspaces? Would it be required to reduce the openness of
development in any way in order to participate?


				Petr "Pasky" Baudis
	Smart data structures and dumb code works a lot better
	than the other way around.  -- Eric S. Raymond

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