Among the numerous groups now emerging with an eye toward space exploration, SpaceGAMBIT has been the one I knew the least about. It was a pleasure, then, to hear from Alex Cureton-Griffiths, who is UK Project Lead for SpaceGAMBIT.
"When I mention to people that I’m trying to help build humanity into a spacefaring species, I usually get the same reaction: “I don’t believe it – that’s so cool!”
I’m with them all the way on the second part of that reaction – it really is amazingly cool. It’s the first part that gets me – the “I don’t believe it” part. For so many people, getting to the stars is literally unbelievable. Because it’s assumed to be too difficult, too far off, or too big for individuals to make a difference.
People watch movies like Star Trek and imagine we need to have shiny starships to get there, without thinking about the greasemonkeys who build the technology to get us to starships in the first place.
My organisation, SpaceGAMBIT, is a group of those greasemonkeys, and we aim to prove the doubters wrong by getting humanity hacking on hands-on, practical projects that will help us one day live amongst the stars.
We’re not alone – we’ve got half a million dollars in funding from the US government to do this, and we’re working with many organisations to Make Things Happen."