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Space Frontier Foundation Policy re: NASA's Exploration Systems Architecture Study

Los Angeles, CA, October 05, 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. Now that NASA's reaction has become clear, we feel it is a good time to clearly and concisely state our attitude. Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation endorses the following:

Our mission is to open the space frontier to permanent human settlement.

An open frontier can only be achieved by unleashing the power of free enterprise.

Government's role in unleashing the power of free enterprise is critical and best accomplished by adopting the proven frontier paradigm of catalyzing the private sector.

All parts of all governments must embrace and fully utilize the potential of the emerging NewSpace Industry.

Regarding NASA, our near-term focus is on maximizing the market share of goods and services that the NewSpace industry is permitted to capture.


The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible. Our goals include protecting the Earth's fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space. Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.

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