Like many space enthusiasts I despaired every time I heard another space project was cancelled or postponed due to funding issues. But what could I do? Even simple space projects and missions cost millions, if not billions of dollars. Most people don't have that kind of money lying around (no really?!), and I definitely don't.
Does that make us helpless? Should we have to accept that space is only the domain of the government or super rich? Can average people actually make an impact on this multi-billion dollar industry? Most people will say no, that such a thing is impossible, but are they right?
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Establishing a steady flow of corporate sponsors for private space projects and missions is essential to advancing the space industry because it allows for consistent funding. Corporations have always sought out new forms of publicity, and space projects and missions provide the perfect avenue to reach millions, if not billions of people.
If a company sponsors a mission and gets their logo on the spacecraft used, then every image associated with that mission will carry their logo. A company could even have the mission or spacecraft named after them, thus any mention of the mission brings them publicity.
Private space companies have yet to capitalize on this untapped corporate funding, which would allow them to create their own agendas and not be limited by what the government is willing or financially able to do. I'm sure someone reading this will tell me why they think this is a bad idea, but can anyone argue that consistent funding wouldn't be beneficial for humanity's development and advancement in space?
In order for Mars Travel to be successful in connecting space projects with corporate sponsors I need your help. I need you to spread the word that a new company is going to revolutionize the space industry, not by inventing anything, but by building bridges between private space projects and corporations seeking publicity. I need you to spread the word about Mars Travel's plans. You can do this with minimal effort by liking this post and Mars Travel on Facebook, tweeting about Mars Travel, linking to it on your own site, or pressing +1 on this post.
If you want to help out a little more you can ask people in PR departments of different about this idea and see what they think. Just suggesting the idea of corporations sponsoring private space projects could result in the idea being implemented.
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The more people aware of what Mars Travel is seeking to accomplish, the greater success the company will have at connecting space projects with sponsors. This isn't about one company; this is about the future of space exploration. I hope you will support Mars Travel's attempts to revolutionize the space industry in any way you can and I thank you in advance.
Questions about Mars Travel? Feel free to direct them to David.J.Geaney@MarsTravel.org