[SpaceProgram] Very good news from discussion with the DARPA 100YSS program manager tonight

Ricky Ng-Adam rngadam at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 07:00:33 CET 2012

Just to reiterate: they're asking us to resubmit the proposal mostly as-is.
Which is pretty much what you are proposing (creating a non-profit,
distributing grants to hackerspaces for space projects in a wide number of

I think what could be useful is to include one pagers for some projects
that we would initiate the project pool with.

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM, cole santos <cksantos85 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Its a little more selective in its space project categories than the
> 100yss. But instead of pursuing a particular project, it would be nice
> to just redistribute the money with our own micro grant process for
> the exact same RFP requirements. So the global hackerspace
> organization could hold contests on projects related to the RFP and
> distribute prizes to winners. We could start small with RFI contests
> with a few 100 bucks or so for the best idea for a particular
> technology track followed for an RFP to match the winning RFI. We
> should leave weapons out for liability purposes (explosives and
> firearms requires federal and state licencing and they should just get
> their own DARPA grant if they are organized enough to get one of
> those) unless it is a non leathal weapon (microwave, foam, whatever)
> or a combat enabling tech such as augmented reality HUD. I think that
> the platform category should however be included in our global
> hackerspace consortium challenges with the space stuff. Many makers
> are already making UAV and FPV aircraft, blimps, balloons, boats,
> tracked vehicles, and other craft.
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM, Luke Weston <reindeerflotilla at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > It's worth noting that DARPA contributes to heaps of cutting-edge
> > fundamental research that has no direct, obvious military value. Heaps
> > of civilian scientists at universities across the world are happily
> > involved in valuable civilian basic science and technology research
> > that attracts funding from DARPA and occasionally other DOD agencies
> > such as the Army Research Office, and they're certainly not just
> > building weapons or building better bombs or anything like that.
> >
> > Well known examples would include the DARPA Grand Challenge for
> > autonomous vehicle research, and a lot of quantum computing and
> > quantum communications research, for example a lot of the research
> > done by the universities affiliated with the ARC Centre for Quantum
> > Computer Technology in Australia (http://www.cqc2t.org/), as well as
> > this for example:
> >
> http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2010/11/new-initiative-to-develop-a-system-that-controls-prosthetic-limbs-naturally/
> >
> > Cheers,
> >  Luke
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