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    Support for the Lighthouse
    Project: The Voyager update project
    I do not believe that any one person would be able to finance this project, no matter how ambitious or wealthy they are. The size of this project, the massive time frame that is need to complete it and to see results and the political complexities of marking that planet can not be supported by a single philanthropist or corporation.

    As I see the issues of funding and supporting the Lighthouse Project, money is the least of our concerns. Sure it will be expensive, but the cost will not be much more than a normal space launch. The real costs also will not be a one time purchase of materials and equipment, but will be a long term commitment to funding research, development and maintenance.

    I believe that a space oriented international lobbying group would be our best bet to get the money we need and also the long term support. Currently there are several such groups that lobby for various outer space treaties.

    The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 (Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies) is a past example of a successfully lobbied treaty.

    The treaty forbids anyone from making claim to a planet or the moon and claims them as "common heritage of humanity."

    According to Wikipedia, 98 countries are states-parties to the treaty, while another 27 have signed the treaty but have not yet completed ratification.

    At state party is a group of representatives from each country that has ratified the treaty, and could be a good model for supporting our project.

    More recently there has been a propose Space Preservation Treaty. Its most viable goal is to stop space weapons but its goal is international space cooperation.

    The Institute for Cooperation in Space is one group that has put forward most of the support for this treaty. They have gotten it in front of the House of Representatives 4 times now and have funding for future efforts from 274 non-profit organizations.

    They were founded in 2001 but follow up the work of several long standing organizations. They have the money, connections and determination to support our project now and to garner it funding in the future.

    Wed, Feb 13, 2008  Permanent link
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