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WHAT IS SPACE FOR HUMANITY?

Space for Humanity is a non-profit organization founded to shape the future of space travel and policy.  Space for Humanity’s ultimate goal is to democratize access to space by granting the opportunity for citizens from all over the world to travel into space regardless of their financial resources.  Today, fewer than 600 people have been to space in the history of the world. The majority of these astronauts have been men, and most (85%) have been citizens of Western nations. Space For Humanity believes that the future of space travel must be democratized, and in doing so, that we can inspire the next generation’s passion for math, science, leadership, and social change as we ignite a higher level of consciousness to face our most intractable challenges.

The goal of Space for Humanity’s program is four-fold:

  • To democratize space travel to all ethnic groups, nationalities, social groups, and other areas of distinction by sending private citizens to space

  • To create citizen ambassadors that can motivate, inspire, and communicate their experiences throughout their communities and the world at large

  • To help shape future space policy toward a more inclusive, democratic focus; and

  • To target educational institutions for our ambassadors to speak at, using them to motivate a new generation towards STEM education.

What are Space For Humanity’s plans?

We will select citizens from around the world to travel to space as soon as flights are commercially available. Space for Humanity hopes to send groups on suborbital flights by 2021, to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by 2024, the Moon by 2032, and Mars by 2040. Each mission will consist of a small group with 5-8 individuals, depending on the flight carrier.  The crews selected for our missions will be both diverse and uniquely qualified to share their experiences with their broader communities and the world at large.

Space For Humanity believes that through group experience and a diverse selection process, we can do our small part to help take our species forward into a brighter future.

What is the actual mode of transportation?

There are several different types of technologies currently being developed in the commercial spaceflight industry.  Space For Humanity partners with all available vehicles to offer global citizens a diversity of spaceflights.

Blue Origin flights will initially occur on the New Shepard vehicle which consists of a pressurized capsule atop a reusable rocket booster.

Virgin Galactic involves the use of a carrier plane known as WhiteKnightTwo which will take off from a runway and release a rocket powered space plane called SpaceshipTwo which carries the crew into space.  

World View flights utilize the Voyager vehicle which is mated to an ultra-high altitude balloon that will reach the stratosphere where passengers can see the curvature of the Earth below.

What is the program timeline?  Is there a deadline to apply?

 The 2019 application period is from June to November 15, 2019. We anticipate moving forward with the initial round of interviews in late 2019 and early 2020.  Space for Humanity does not develop flight hardware and therefore depends on the availability of our launch partners to determine actual flight dates.

How does the program work?

6-8 months before the flight, each Citizen Astronaut will go through a week long training program which will include physical and psychological training for the spaceflight itself, as well as a leadership training program where each person will develop their own social impact program.

The capstone of the leadership training is the flight experience itself. Each Citizen Astronaut will experience the profundity of the overview effect, setting everything that the astronauts learned in stone.

Immediately following their spaceflight, each astronaut will carry out a year long ambassadorship in their local community and beyond. This is a vital portion of our program -- it is about social impact.

What are the application requirements?

Be at least 18 years old.

Speak English.

Have a passion for humanity and a desire to positively impact the world.

Why do I have to speak English to apply?

English is the official language of aviation, so for now, all Space for Humanity applicants must speak English so that they can communicate with the flight and ground crew.  However, Space for Humanity’s ultimate goal is to evolve into a multilingual platform accessible to friends with less English proficiency.

How can I increase my chances of being selected?

Space for Humanity’s selection process is democratic and open to the public. Among other criteria, individuals with the highest number of “votes” will move forward for interviews, so the time and thoughtfulness that you put into crafting a meaningful and impactful video is crucial.  

Beyond online votes, Space for Humanity maintains a review board made up of employees, volunteers and advisors. If you are interested in joining the review board, please reach out to us at info@spaceforhumanity.org. Members of the review board are NOT eligible to apply to go to space with Space for Humanity.

Your video should inspire and show us your passion!  Be original, creative, and honest as to why you should be selected for this incredible opportunity.  Tell the world why you personally care about space and want this opportunity, how you think that the mission will change you, and how you intend to bring these insights and experiences back to your community — basically just tell your story.

Remember to tell us what you would like to achieve when you return.  How will you have a lasting impact on society if we select you to go to space? We will support you with ongoing resources and guidance during the ambassadorship so focus on amazing outcomes!

 

Please direct all questions to support@spaceforhumanity.org