Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Google Lunar X Prize

In Team FREDNET, we've certainly got the world's first best response to the GLXP.

A friend recently asked, "Why go to the Moon? Why an X Prize? It's been done. What's the contribution?" My first response echoed the arguments heard in favor of the new space industry. However I then reverted to my own perspective that the first best reason would be for education and inspiration. A novel, open source experience of math, science and engineering on the internet.

Through an open source educational experience of space flight systems, one is able to dig down into every myriad detail and gain a fuller sense of the various domains of math, science and engineering involved. How they interact and how they exist with respect to one and the other in the real world example.

My friend reacted enthusiastically. That's a good reason. We need to do more for education. Not enough is being done in the private sector for education. And I agree. Mille grazie, Frank. Your opinion is very important to me, having dimensions my own experience does not.

In Team FREDNET we have a number of properties in our strategy that are naturally capable of producing precisely this result. They are, open source, open participation, reproducible results, accessibility and convenience. These objectives serve our purpose in realizing a GLXP success with a decentralized group, and with some complementary attention they serve the higher purpose of providing a working example of space flight systems for interested internet explorers.

This would not be a representation of a space flight mission, this would be the real thing. And our objective would not be to educate, per se, but simply to share and to make accessible and convenient the experience and exploration of it for anyone and everyone with interest.

It seems to me that this is precisely what I would want to see on the internet if I were young in this time. The representational, educational resources are being done, for example at the Challenger Center, Space Explorers, FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and at NASA.

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