SpaceUp - Motivations

by Luke 1. March 2010 09:32

I've spent the past several months here on the Mindviews Labs blog, at conferences, and other places talking with people about automating engineering and how important I think it is. But I have to admit, as much as I enjoy working on this major project and solving the interesting problems that come up, this work really isn't my end goal.

I'm a huge space nerd. I think sending people and robots into space to explore and live is about the most exciting, fascinating, and interesting work in the world today. I got to spend a couple of days this past weekend at SpaceUp with a bunch of other people who are as taken with going to space as I am. If you're curious, you can see some of the Ignite talks that took place on Saturday evening at www.spacevidcast.com/spaceup/.

I think the only way living and working in space is ever going to be viable is if we can make it cheap, easy, and safe to design and build the rockets, satellites, space hotels, and mining stations we would be using. Right now the engineering is just too expensive.

The point is that the work going on here at Mindviews Labs is about making it easier - or maybe even making it possible - to do something that's important to you. We're building a powerful new tool. The same tool that can engineer my dream could also engineer yours. What would you build if you didn't have to worry about how much it would cost to design? Check in with us because your dream might be closer than you think.

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