A Strategic Goal for Humanity on Earth and in Space in 2061
What should we be telling our schoolchildren during and after Tim Peake’s flight to the ISS?
In my previous post I was critical of the UK space strategy’s focus on Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS. But what should we offer in its place?
It’s time to stop being timid about what spaceflight means for the human future. Any strategy needs a well-defined goal in order to draw up an efficient plan of work towards that goal. So let us state where we could be in 2061, the centenary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space, if we address the question of our legacy to future generations with the robustness it deserves.
In 2061, just 45 years in the future and within the working lifetime of today’s schoolchildren and university students…
- 10,000 people visit low Earth orbit every year – some for microgravity research and manufacturing, most for space holidays – staying at one of a dozen commercial space stations.