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

Huei Ming Tan tanhueiming at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 15:27:25 CET 2011

Hello all,

Ricky, could you write back and get some feedback on why our proposal did
not make the final cut? It's be helpful to know where's the weak points to
address in moving forward from here.

As I understand it off the Internet, Project Icarus, in partnership with
former astronaut and 100 YSS Track Chair for Education, Social, Economic
and Legal Considerations Mae Jemison and the Foundation for Enterprise
Development (of which Mary Ann Beyster is President and 100 YSS
Organizations Panel member) is DARPA's grant awardee. The direct link to
the announcement on Icarus Interstellar is down, but a post on their RFP
submission is available here at

To be fair, Project Icarus is practically the only game in town right now
that is anywhere remotely able to pull off an interstellar mission and they
had strong partners joining them in their RFP effort. In recognition of
that fact, and that this effort is for humanity's benefit and not just
ourselves, I heartily congratulate and wish them well! Nevertheless, it is
my own two cents worth, but I still see that the Hackerspace community have
a huge potential in leading the effort to create and coordinate an
international effort to build and launch projects, so do not lose heart

Last but not least, all the best for the year ahead. Happy New Year 2012!

Warmest regards,
Huei Ming

On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM, Alex Cureton-Griffiths <alexcg at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm working on a google spreadsheet of potential funding sources. Will
> open it up and post to group in a few days (no google docs access at
> present since I'm in China). We can all put our thoughts in.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Dec 31, 2011, at 3:16 PM, Sung won Lim <4phlebas at gmail.com> wrote:
> Guys, I want to second the opinion that we go through with a hackerspace
> space program DARPA fund or not.
> I know I'm going to continue to work on it either way and I'm sure lot of
> people on this list will as well. Funding's an issue but not an
> insurmountable one; there are plenty of people, projects and initiatives
> targeted at private space projects and the number's set to increase in the
> coming years.
> It would be great to see continued collaboration and discussion about
> hackerspace space programs on this list in the new year.
> -Sung
> Genspace NYC
> On Dec 31, 2011 2:06 AM, "Shyu Lee" < <me at shyul.com>me at shyul.com> wrote:
>> 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>rngadam at xinchejian.com>
>> Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:01:02 -0700
>> To: spaceprogram < <spaceprogram at lists.hackerspaces.org>
>> spaceprogram at lists.hackerspaces.org>
>> Subject: Fwd: DARPA-RA-11-70 100YSS Notification
>> Hello!
>> 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
>> <http://hackerspaces.org>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.
>> Thanks,
>> --
>> 伍思力 | Ricky Ng-Adam |  <http://xinchejian.com/>http://xinchejian.com | (+86)
>> 186-2126-2521
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