The National Space Society and the International Space Elevator Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 August 2013. This understanding between these 501(c)(3) organizations illustrates the strength of ideas and committed volunteers. Recently NSS released “Milestones to Space Settlement: An NSS Roadmap” presenting the following vision:
The National Space Society (“NSS”) is a nonprofit educational organization whose Vision is: “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.”
This Vision embraces both space as a future second home for humanity and the resources of space (such as the Sun’s energy for space-based solar power, extra-terrestrial minerals for raw materials, and low-gravity for manufacturing) being used for the benefit of all of us on the Earth. These two elements of the Vision are intertwined: development of space products and services for the people of Earth will both require human presence in space and will enable and motivate expansion of our species away from the home planet.
The partnership of two visionary organizations should strengthen each other’s activities. As the ISEC has a similar mission, the two organizations should have many common projects and ideas.
“… ISEC promotes the development, construction and operation of a space elevator as a revolutionary and efficient way to space for all humanity …”
Due to their shared interest, as shown by their mission statements and vision, the two organizations, working together, should be able to contribute even more to the widespread economic development of space and the betterment of mankind.
The International Space Elevator Consortium is the result of a coming-together of many leading figures and organizations who have worked long and hard over many years to promote the concept of a Space Elevator. With organizational members in the United States, Europe and Japan and individual members from around the world, ISEC’s goal is nothing less than to get a Space Elevator built.