In 2009, the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, a Presidential panel tasked with evaluating the future of NASA’s human exploration programs, concluded the goal of human space exploration is “to chart a path for human expansion into the solar system.” Such expansion, by its definition, would imply people moving permanently into space to live and work on other worlds and in space habitats. In other words, the goal of human space exploration is to lead humanity to become a spacefaring civilization. This goal is Mach 30’s mission:
To hasten the advancement of humanity into a spacefaring civilization through sustainable leadership, open design practices, and a bias toward mature technology
History, as well as the upcoming gap in U.S. human space flight, proves our current space exploration plans aren’t working. A totally new approach is required. Rather than wait for the government, Mach 30 is building a community of individuals who, by working together, can take humanity to space. Mach 30’s approach is based on three principles:
- Sustainable Leadership which guides decision makers to favor long term goals over short term gains
- Open Design which aims to replicate the community driven success of open source projects like Linux, and Wikipedia in the arena of engineered products
- Mature Technology Bias which challenges engineers to demonstrate what can be done with today’s technology instead of perpetually proposing solutions that require decades of development.
See more of our vision here.