Vision

The Sustainable Offworld Network is a community of professionals in the academic and private sectors dedicated to the development of sustainable human settlements on other worlds, especially on the Moon and Mars.

We believe in the benefits space exploration has to society. Expanding the human experience to space has great potential for enhancing international cooperation, boosting research and innovation, and finding creative solutions to Earth problems.

We are certain that if we send humans to other planets, this time it needs to be done sustainably. That is, after an initial investment, the off-Earth infrastructure should be able to maintain and expand by itself without further straining our world.

Goals

  • Community. Co-op and organise the collective expertise of the academic and civil society towards developing a fully sustainable infrastructure in space.
  • Enable multidisciplinary initiatives. Enhance interaction and cross-pollination of knowledge in a highly multidisciplinary environment to find solutions for the sustainable development of the space economy.
  • Engage with society. Start conversations between different society stakeholders with the space industry and research community into how exploration of space should develop.
  • Knowledge legacy. Organise and curate the relevant bibliography from a broad range of scientific journals, technical reports, informal presentations, and other unsorted sources of knowledge. 
  • Bi-directional technology transfer. Support initiatives to spin-in methods and technologies from various sectors, and support the spin-out of solutions that can be applied to make our society more sustainable also on Earth.
  • Training. Train the next generation of professionals that should enable the space era, where space is understood as a natural extension of the domain of human activities and experiences.

That’s no moon… it’s a space station

Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut, #AskLuca

… it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve, and cherish, the pale blue dot; the only home we’ve ever known.”

C. Sagan, Extract from Pale Blue Dot


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