[SpaceProgram] DARPA-RA-11-70 100YSS Notification

Shyu Lee me at shyul.com
Fri Dec 30 17:46:00 CET 2011

Hi Ricky,

I am always thinking of if I can go to space during my lifetime. Although I am pretty realistic one many things and not so pleasant to some enthusiastic people, however I do know I worked so hard for earning money is not just for earning money that simple, there should be some more advanced goals to fight for… And to me, is all about the space.

It is not the time to reiterate how important for the space projects to human now. I'd say there are many other approaches for XinCheJian and many other backspaces to get involved into space related projects. I promise I will continue my involvement of it with XinCheJian.

Looking forward to the brilliant and happy new year!

Best Regards,
李旭 / Shyu Lee

From: Ricky NG-Adam <rngadam at xinchejian.com<mailto:rngadam at xinchejian.com>>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:01:02 -0700
To: spaceprogram <spaceprogram at lists.hackerspaces.org<mailto:spaceprogram at lists.hackerspaces.org>>
Subject: Fwd: DARPA-RA-11-70 100YSS Notification


We have sadly NOT been selected for the DARPA 100 Year Starship... Sorry to everyone who put their time into this. I'd like to extend my sincere personal excuses towards everyone who contributed and hoped for this to work out. I obviously should have done a better job at this!

I haven't been offered more details on why precisely we were rejected but naturally I still think that Hackerspaces, as technical communities that already are in existence and are self-sustainable were the ONLY logical choice for such an organization but apparently DARPA disagreed....

In any case, I think direct funding from DARPA would have been controversial for many hackerspaces (as witnessed on the hackerspaces.org<http://hackerspaces.org> mailing list recently). I do believe that many efforts are ongoing in Hackerspaces around the world to explore space. Among other things, at XinCheJian, we just had a meeting this evening to discuss building testing equipment for going to space (vibration, thermal gradient, shock, g-forces, vacuum, etc) as the first logical step to building our own space robots.

Hopefully whatever organization that receives the funds will realize that Hackerspaces are the best physical spaces to conduct projects of benefit to humanity.

Notification letter extract attached.

伍思力 | Ricky Ng-Adam | http://xinchejian.com<http://xinchejian.com/> | (+86) 186-2126-2521<tel:%28%2B86%29%20186-2126-2521>
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