Our Focus:
Reclaiming Humanity's Birthright

Over 35 years ago, humans first walked on the Moon. For those either too young to understand or not yet born, it appears only as a statement of historical fact, an important event, an abstraction. Anyone older than 45, however, can probably tell you in detail what they were doing that day - the day our species first staked a claim to its heavenly birthright.

After July 20, 1969, we became convinced that there was no place we could not go if we wished, and that our future, and that of our posterity, would be one of unimaginable opportunity. We believed that by 2001, orbiting holiday hotels would serve thousands of vacationers annually. Tens of thousands would fly halfway around the world in an hour or less in hypersonic airliners. There would be all sorts of bases - both public and privately owned - on the Moon and Mars. Exploration of tthe outer planets would be under way. A globally recognized legal regime for resource and mineral rights claims would be in place, allowing for future space colonies to be established. Apollo 11 had opened the door, which, we were convinced, would soon become a floodgate. The human adventure was just beginning.

You know the rest:

That first beachhead was abandoned, the gate slammed closed, our hard-fought gains lost, largely by virtue of elected officials who claimed their constituents were "bored" with space, and there were more pressing "needs" here on Earth. They tried to convince us that space was just too complicated and expensive, and only governments of wealthy nations could summon the resources required, but which now had to be once again turned inward. Only someday - maybe - the future might open up to us.

Yet, despite a generation of such disingenuous official propaganda, tens of millions of people all over the world still maintain a fascination and sense of wonder with exploring the solar system and stars beyond, keeping the dream alive of humanity one day being able to leave Earth - for good - and build new worlds.

We have listened to false promises for over 30 years. It is time we reclaimed our birthright - our very human destiny - in space. While grand dreams require a grand vision and a grand plan, they often also call for unique new approaches if the dream is to be fulfilled. That's where we - and you - come in.

How about we direct investments?

We are working to create new, unique classes of investment products. If successful, such products will share characteristics - and profitability - with other tech-sector investments. We also wish to offer as low a minimum investment as legally obtainable, in order to lower the traditional "barrier to entry" for investment in the "alternative" space sector, thus allowing access to potentially tens of millions of individuals, of perhaps modest means, but nevertheless great vision.

Despite recent economic ups and downs, public interest In space enterprise, tourism, and settlement remain consistently high. However, even when there were record economic gains in other technical sectors of the U.S. economy, venture and other funding for space entrepreneurial enterprises was comparatively lacking. There are many reasons for this: (1) the time frames required in the space sector to produce attractive rates of return, (2) perceived views of space itself as "too difficult" or "too expensive". and (3) the perception of many alt.space firms as being either unrealistic in their business goals, or lacking in general business savvy, despite the groundbreaking engineering these firms brought to bear.

Until recently, the prospect of space commerce investments, held over a decade or longer, was considered unlikely within the framework of "traditional" funding mechanisms. Venture capital firms in particular, made exuberant by Silicon Valley's success story, had accustomed themselves to earning high returns on their investments within 3-5 years.

Moreover, against competitive, more experienced special interest groups, and in an unpredictable political climate, it is consistently unlikely, in good times or bad, that such initiatives would be able to win sufficient long-term taxpayer funding, either, at least within the budget of any single nation.

After many "dotcoms" of the 90's became "dot-bombs" in the early 2000's, many tech-sector VCs opted to go to a cash position and bide their time until the climate improved. Public fears and uncertainties, given our present geopolitical climate, keep markets skittish - and the recent loss of Columbia has not helped any. However, a new hope has arrived for the industry's future in the form of both SpaceShipOne winning the XPrize, and recent success in Congress establishing a regulatory framework for commercial launch companies.

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