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The Frontier Enabling Test
Our definition of a "frontier enabling" technology or policy is one which has as its effect the acceleration of the creation of low cost access to the space frontier for private citizens and companies, enables or accelerates our use of space resources, and/or accelerates the rate at which wealth can be generated in space.
In other words, is the project or policy going to provide a return on the national investment, if we define "return" to be the economically sustainable human habitation of space?

All Foundation Policy Flows from the Frontier Enabling Test
Why a Frontier Enabling Test? For Foundationers, space is the next great human frontier. A frontier such as what the so called "New Worlds" of the Americas represented for the last 500 hundred years. A frontier we have to take from no one. A frontier to which we can bring the gift of life. A frontier for all humanity. A frontier we do not believe is being opened.

If we are truly committed to change we need a criteria by which to judge what we will and will not do to effectively advance our cause. Thus, the Foundation has created a relatively simple litmus test for projects and/or initiatives on which we may choose to take a position. We call this "The Frontier Enabling Test," and it can be applied to both government and commercial systems, technologies or policies.

Foundation Policy re: NASA's Exploration Systems Architecture Study
Los Angeles, CA, October 5, 2005 – The Space Frontier Foundation's current strategic focus is to enable the growth of the NewSpace community. Since January of 2004 when President Bush announced his ‘Renewed Spirit of Discovery’ vision, our policy toward NASA has been evolving as NASA's reaction to this change of direction has evolved.
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Foundation Proposes Space Policy
On June 23, 2003 The Space Frontier Foundation unveiled a proposed
U.S. Space Transportation Policy, in the spirit of the current re-examination of space policies being conducted by the White House.
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A 2001 Cheap Access to Space Policy Recommendation
The Space Frontier Foundation advocates a new national space transportation policy with incentives for commercial development of reliable, routine and radically cheaper access to space. Radically cheap access will open the space frontier to private enterprise and eventually the general public creating new wealth and high-wage jobs.
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Senator John Glenn's Shuttle Flight
Taxpayers pay for John Glenn Flight:
Read the extensive publication of Foundation material in the media during the John Glenn Shuttle flight.

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A Space Frontier Agenda
Testimony by Rick Tumlinson, President of the Space Frontier Foundation, before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on October 1, 1998.
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Building Alpha Town
The International Space Station as a Precursor to the First City in Space
Testimony by Rick Tumlinson, President of the Space Frontier Foundation, before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on April 9, 1997.
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Manifesto for the Frontier
Testimony by Rick Tumlinson, President of the Space Frontier Foundation, before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on March 16, 1995.

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Bantam Lifter
In restructuring the Bantam Low-Cost Boost Technology program, the US government has an opportunity to spark a significant increase in private investment and innovation in the small payload space transportation market. This will lead towards much lower cost access to Low Earth Orbit for payloads in the 100 - 250 kilogram class.

To accomplish this, the United States should use its purchasing power in a commercial, market-oriented manner to jump-start the market, as it did with the Air-Mail contracts during the 1920s, and consistent with the 1984 Commercial Launch Act, the 1990 Launch Services Purchase Act and the President's 1994 National Space Transportation Policy.

At the same time, the United States should avoid any mechanism that involves any government direct government funding of the development of operational vehicles. Direct investment in selected companies would reduce private investment in companies not picked by the government. The resulting reduction in private investment, and the reduction in innovation that is driven by free market forces, would be contrary to the goals of the Bantam program.

If appropriate changes were made to the Bantam program, the Space Frontier Foundation would become a major advocate for additional funding for Bantam.

Bantam White Paper January 1998 (htm/21K)

Bantam White Paper January 1998 (PDF/26K)

Bantam White Paper January 1998 (MS Word/173K)


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