Alliance for Space Development
|Type||Space advocacy, 501(c)3 Education|
The Alliance for Space Development is a space advocacy organization dedicated to influencing space policy towards the goal of permanent human settlements in space. The founding executive members of the Alliance are the National Space Society and the Space Frontier Foundation. Member organizations of the Alliance are the Lifeboat Foundation, Mars Foundation, Mars Society, Space Development Steering Committee, Space Tourism Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Students on Capitol Hill, Tea Party in Space, and the Texas Space Alliance. The primary goals of the Alliance are to elevate the growth of the space industry, reduce the cost of accessing space, and to clearly define space settlement as the reason for sending humans to space.
The 2015 objectives of the Alliance are to amend the NASA Space Act to make the development and settlement of space a national purpose, reduce the cost of access to space, complete support for the Commercial Crew Transportation program, and ensuring a gapless transition from the International Space Station to future space stations. The Alliance is also proposing a “Cheap Access to Space Act” to offer $3.5 billion in government prizes for the development of reusable launch vehicles.
The Alliance participates in the March Storm, a grassroots action to lobby Congress in Washington D.C., and the August Home District Blitz.
Paul Brower wrote that what was missing from the Alliance's goals is the objective of colonizing the moon. In response, Al Globus, an Alliance board member, wrote that the Alliance is focused on the technological development that must precede a successful space settlement regardless of where that settlement is located.
- About, Alliance for Space Development, retrieved March 4, 2015
- Jeff Foust (March 2, 2015). "Rebooting Space Advocacy". The Space Review. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- ASD Members, Alliance for Space Development, retrieved March 4, 2015
- Pura, James (February 23, 2015), Space Frontier Foundation and National Space Society Announce the Formation of the Alliance for Space Development, Space Frontier Foundation, retrieved March 6, 2015
- Jeff Foust (February 26, 2015). "New Alliance To Promote Space Development and Settlement Policies". SpaceNews. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- Paul Brower (March 30, 2015). "Op-ed: Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon". SpaceNews. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- Al Globus (April 13, 2015). "Letter: Alliance Focused on Space Development, Not the Destination". SpaceNews. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
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