Space in 2040

Our overarching vision for the space domain is that, by 2040, ~1,000 people will live and work in space, and tens of thousands will visit space annually, representing all nations, people, and trades.

This vision has several sub-points:

  • People of diverse backgrounds explore space and support exploration, enriching the human experience.
  • Permanent off-Earth settlements support human life in space. There is regular travel between Earth and the Moon. Cities are forming on Mars.
  • Space is shared by all nations and people, including non-governmental entities.
  • The space economy is worth $1 trillion. Launching, mining, travel, and power industries are at scale and sustain life on and off-planet.
  • People can permanently live and reproduce in space.
  • Space is used for planetary defense, not international conflict.
  • Exploration of deep/interstellar space is thriving and furthering the human condition.
  • At least one nation has been formed in space and recognized by the UN.

The next steps are:

  1. Substantiating this vision with data points. If you have recommendations for concrete goals, please share them here!
  2. Understanding the barriers to the vision, so we can ideate breakthroughs.
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Reminds me of THE 100 movie series. Anyway, let’s get started.

A prophecy was once told of how we shall destroy the only planet we have, Earth, and with no nearby destination to run to, we shall evacuate Earth and start our 100 year voyage to the next known Earth-like planet to make it our new home. While Andy Weir’s Hail Mary talks about a lone astronaut trying to save Earth from disaster, the real Hail Mary is actually our mothership that mankind will one day use to unify the citizens of Planet Earth under a utopian government and sail to other worlds.

There is no single way to make Space in 2040 achievable within this timeline. Just as stipulated under the visions (sub-points) above, this is a process and a journey we must first be willing to make, and for me, it goes like this;


Space Culture
Is space just a playground for the wealthy? Could Spaceports become thriving cultural centers? What does a Martian culture look like?
Rgister to attend the event and learn more on how Space shapes our culture on Earth & Mars.

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The contribution from the Exponential Creativity course at UFMT in Brazil
To reach the goals you described we need forst a master plan of space development and several milestones to define progress. We are at the end of Phase 1 of space development strting with sputnik in 1957.
Phase 2 will be the return to the Moon and the construction of the first outposts tehn to be developed into bases and settlements on the Moon and Mars. This step includes reaching the asteroids and develop a deflecting technology to reorit them , mining and perfrom mineral processing to get the needed resources for building in space, future settelements. The progress during this phase will be linear
Phse 3 will be exponential since it would be a major breakthrough with najor initiatives like Mars Terraforming and space settlemnts as business activities as well as the moon growth through underground Terraforming. Such phase will have transportation systems for thousands of people , with space settlements like spaces hips in cycling trajectories betweemEarth and the Moon and earth and mars.
Finally Phae 4, interstellar travel that would represent a major technological and social Singularity involving our entire society
We have studied such phases in detil , including the needed enabling technologies , master plans and milestones which we can share

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Thanks @mashizaq and @giorgiogaviraghi for sharing these insights and resources.