Looking Back, Looking Forward
and Aiming Higher:
The Next Generation’s visions of the
Next 50 years in Space
Bijal Thakore...
1. Concept of the Space Generation
2. Why should Space Generation be heard?
3. The 50 years visions of the Space Generatio...
 Children born after October 4 1957
are born into a completely different
world
 SGAC - Students and young professionals
...
Why should the Space
Generation be heard?
Forecasting the future is like going through a foliage with an experienced
range...
50 years visions of the
Space Generation
Background
To relay the visions of the Space Generation to the
Boston University ...
Methodology overview
Survey & Key Findings
 What will space look like in the next 50 years?
 How can we learn from our h...
50 years visions roadmap
276 youth - 28 countries - 900 youth visions
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solution...
50 years visions of the
Space Generation
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenge...
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 9
This place will be
Too small for us!...
50 years visions Part II
Focus
Groups
Survey
Key
Findings
Message
Delivery
Survey & Key Findings
 What are the biggest ch...
Aiming Higher: Results
1. What are the most challenging global
problems facing us?
2. Are you aware of the 8 UN MDGs?
22 F...
Aiming Higher: Results 2
1. What are the most pressing issues of the
next 20 years?
2. Do you think Space Technologies pla...
Aiming Higher: Results 3
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 13
Making edu...
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 14
The Message
8 things the next gener...
Some unique responses
 “You cannot ‘cure’ poverty with a satellite!”
 A demonstration of space solar power as a means fo...
Message
50
years
Visions
StudyInnovation
Has led to active
discussions within SEDS,
SGAC forums
Discovering potential
Find...
Thank you!
See you in Glasgow…
www.spacegeneration.org
www.explorerswanted.com
22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space...
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50 years visions of the next space generation. Study presented by Bee Thakore, representing SGAC

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On the occasion of 50 years of spaceflight, Space Generation Advisory Council undertook a study to map the visions for the next 50 years, led by a small group of volunteer members - Bee Thakore, Alex Karl, Tiffany Frierson, Kathleen Coderre, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk. This is a executive summary of the collection of 750 unique space visions of our futures and the recommendations offered youth groups actively involved in space activities and advocacy to industry and UN leaders. Presented at various conferences and seminars - including UN COPUOS, International Space University Symposium, IAF, IAA and IAC.

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50 years visions of the next space generation. Study presented by Bee Thakore, representing SGAC

  1. 1. Looking Back, Looking Forward and Aiming Higher: The Next Generation’s visions of the Next 50 years in Space Bijal Thakore, Alex Karl Tiffany Frierson, Kathleen Coderre, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
  2. 2. 1. Concept of the Space Generation 2. Why should Space Generation be heard? 3. The 50 years visions of the Space Generation 4. The 50 years visions Part II 5. Looking forward & aiming higher: Results 6. Recommendations Content 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 2
  3. 3.  Children born after October 4 1957 are born into a completely different world  SGAC - Students and young professionals 18 - 35 years of age  Growing up in a world where space exploration is either history or commonplace Concept of the “Space Generation” 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 3
  4. 4. Why should the Space Generation be heard? Forecasting the future is like going through a foliage with an experienced ranger - they would be able to see the surroundings differently, identify the dangers and spot the opportunities, that the untrained eye would miss. James Canton, The Extreme Future 2010 2020 2025 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 4 Someone who is 25 years old today 2030 2035 27yrs 37yrs 42yrs 47yrs 52yrs 20yrs 30yrs 35yrs 40yrs 45yrs Someone who is 18 years old today (Space Generation II) Someone who is 40 years old today 50yrs 60yrs 65yrs 70yrs 75yrs
  5. 5. 50 years visions of the Space Generation Background To relay the visions of the Space Generation to the Boston University Brainstorming session on the next 50 years of space activities Key Objectives  Project and idea incubation  Create a competitive yet collaborative and inclusive effort to compiling visions from all corners  Give two youth candidates the exposure to a brain storm with world leaders  Take the message to policy makers and draw attention to youth mandate 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 5
  6. 6. Methodology overview Survey & Key Findings  What will space look like in the next 50 years?  How can we learn from our history on earth as we move into this next frontier?  How can we create opportunities for sustainable, beneficial and effective use of space?  Who will decide these questions?  How will conflict of interests be settled?  What new systems, structures and paradigms do we need as we begin this new adventure? Focus Groups Survey Message Delivery Key Findings 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 6
  7. 7. 50 years visions roadmap 276 youth - 28 countries - 900 youth visions 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 7
  8. 8. 50 years visions of the Space Generation 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 8
  9. 9. 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 9 This place will be Too small for us! 2008 6.65 B 2020 8.92 B In the coming years… World Population UN, 2004
  10. 10. 50 years visions Part II Focus Groups Survey Key Findings Message Delivery Survey & Key Findings  What are the biggest challenges facing us globally?  What are the challenges you think we are closest to solve?  What is the role of space technologies in helping solve the global challenges  What are the specific recommendations we can take to policy makers? Yes: 22.22% No: 77.78% 1st survey? 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 10
  11. 11. Aiming Higher: Results 1. What are the most challenging global problems facing us? 2. Are you aware of the 8 UN MDGs? 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 11 Making education accessible 11.70% Lack of clean 18.13% drinking water 10.53% Poverty 12.28% Eradicating pandemic diseases 2.92% Solving energy crisis 32.76% Engineer solution to climate change 15.79% Eradicate wars & bring peace 11.11% 1 2 3 16.96% 17.54% Yes: 33.02% No: 64.15%
  12. 12. Aiming Higher: Results 2 1. What are the most pressing issues of the next 20 years? 2. Do you think Space Technologies play a major role in solving these challenges? Yes: 82.08% Making education accessible 6.43% Lack of clean 22.81% drinking water 12.28% Poverty 9.36% Eradicating pandemic diseases 4.09% Solving energy crisis 35.09% Engineer solution to climate change 23.39% 1 2 3 18.13% 26.90% Eradicate wars & bring peace 6.43% 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 12
  13. 13. Aiming Higher: Results 3 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 13 Making education accessible 15.09% Lack of clean drinking water 5.66% Solving energy crisis 42.45% Engineer solution to climate change 18.87% Eradicate wars & bring peace 6.60% What challenge is the most solvable using space derived solutions? Specific Recommendations Next 5 years  Research into minimizing dependence on oil • space solar power • renewables and alternative sources  More private space: send decision makers to space for the humbling experience  International Cooperation  Freedom of information in all countries to build a knowledge economy
  14. 14. 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 14 The Message 8 things the next generation wants the space world to consider  Improvement of communication (and IT) infrastructure, bringing information and education to even the farthest villages  Develop technology to use the ores & energy sources available beyond the Earth: A NEW MANHATTAN PROJECT IS NEEDED  The search for outer planets with life should continue  Greater involvement and participation of women  More effort needs to be given to collaborative NEO Tracking initiatives  Formalization and passage of a space code of conduct and the drafting of an international declaration of human intent to establish a peaceful space faring civilization.  Set up of an international moon/mars base with operations similar to the ISS  Improvement of rapid response on disasters: Earth based/space based, especially for ‘developing’ or ‘third world countries’ which do not have indigenous tools
  15. 15. Some unique responses  “You cannot ‘cure’ poverty with a satellite!”  A demonstration of space solar power as a means for providing electricity to remote and underdeveloped parts of the world can be perhaps be demonstrated by 2015  Poverty can solve itself. It is a matter of political willpower to invest in money and people to redistribute store to the poor; Partners in health in Rwanda.  I can solve the energy problem. My machine can…  Earth observation satellites can be used to improve agriculture and severe weather preparedness/response. Additionally, it can be used to track deforestation and climate change  Cheaper access to space: a functioning space elevator, heavy lift vehicle, RLV, Lunar governance, Moon-Mars bases/colonization  Enhance space research - space based vaccines in an isolated environment (a drug to cure AIDS)? 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 15
  16. 16. Message 50 years Visions StudyInnovation Has led to active discussions within SEDS, SGAC forums Discovering potential Finding new member groups that are interested in addressing earth science and solutions from space programs Sparked more young people to address the context in which space is viewed and get actively involved in policy formulation Inspiration 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 16
  17. 17. Thank you! See you in Glasgow… www.spacegeneration.org www.explorerswanted.com 22 Feb 200812th ISU Annual Symposium “Space Solutions to Earth’s Global Challenges” 17

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