[hackerspaces] DARPA Selects Hackerspace Space Program for contract negotiation
isdale at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 07:53:42 CEST 2012
Petr Baudis (and others) have asked a number of questions about Hackerspace Space Program (HSP).
At this time the best source of information is the proposal, with the caveat that contract negotiations may change details.
Remember, it was an international group that wrote this via Google Doc collaboration.
I think it hangs together pretty well and has a lot of great potential, but LOTS of details are still wide open.
Vol 1: Technical
Vol 2: Costs
Some key excerpts:
We propose a HSP organization (that...) will enable scalable grassroots community units collaborating with each other and with interested partners around the world to carry out activities dedicated to the enhancement of humanity’s survivability.
... such as expanding humanity’s reach and presence beyond Earth orbit.
... 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.
Technical approach ... is to support and fund Hackerspaces to function as local community hubs, carry out research and public engagement activities, conduct long term strategic foresight and planning to coordinate large scale international projects with the local hubs and lastly, to identify and expand areas of mutual relevance between terrestrial and space activities.
The HSP mission is to:
• Enable Hackerspaces as local community hubs to carry out research and public engagement activities (such as leadership and technical workshops for youth) to support the HSP vision in concert with external partners
• Apply principles from strategic foresight and planning for the central leadership to coordinate large scale international projects with the local hubs and project partners
• Identify and expand areas of mutual relevance between terrestrial and space activities
Please read the documents for more information and, if interested, join the discussion mail list...
isdale at gmail.com
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