Space Mission Activation Process

Suzi Bianco
Jun 20, 2018 · 7 min read

November 1st, 2018: We have updated the calendar to reflect recent changes.

The Space Mission Activation Process (SMAP) is the pilot system for selecting the missions for Space Decentral. Chosen proposals will become featured on spacedecentral.net and will be further designed and developed with the help of the greater community. While we have many interesting ideas being discussed in our forum, the activated missions will obtain an “official” status, as they will be peer reviewed and vetted. Once activated, dedicated teams will openly work on the design of these missions with the ultimate goal of one day launching them into space. If you plan to submit a proposal to the SMAP, we recommend you read the of the Space Mission Activation Process: Rules & Guidelines.

And how does it work?

Path 1: Propose Missions

  • Team formation: Individuals or groups broadcast ideas in the forum, where the discussions will lead to team formation to develop the ideas.
  • Build proposals: Teams perform research and convert their ideas into detailed proposals and submit them on our Github repository.
  • Evaluation process: A group of experts will evaluate and filter all submitted proposals. Those considered valid will move on to the Mission Activation Vote.

Path 2: Develop Space Decentral

After projects are filtered and validated by a group of experts, a Mission Activation Vote will be opened, where the voting members of the community can select up to three projects, one for each category (Robotic, Human Spaceflight, Expansion). As mentioned previously, chosen projects will become missions featured on spacedecentral.net, and will be designed and developed with the help of the greater community.

Additionally, even if your proposal is not chosen, and you have the skills that the selected projects need, then you will still be able to contribute to Space Decentral.

Note: We wrote a Governance Paper that includes a more complex process for when our network is fully built, but we thought it would be important to start off with something simple in these early stages — hence this being a pilot.

What projects are we looking for?

Category 1 — Robotic

Time-frame: less than a decade

Category 2 — Human Spaceflight

Time-frame: one to two decades

Category 3 — Expansion

Time-frame: one to three decades

How will intellectual property be handled?

This means something very specific: Any contributions of IP must be available with an open source license (such as the GPL) so that such IP (a) can be used freely by the Space Decentral ecosystem’s participants and (b) will not in any instance be used to directly or indirectly obstruct, block or interfere with the use of the IP in projects, innovations and/or projects that this ecosystem was designed to promote and protect.

SMAP Timeline

1. Team Formation — Now

2. Submit Notice of Intent — September 30th

3. Evaluator Application Deadline — December 9th

4. Proposal Submission Deadline — January 6th

5. Proposal Evaluation — January 7th to March 15th

  • Proposals that do not meet the open source Space Decentral model will not be eligible for the Mission Activation Vote.
  • Proposals that do not find a project manager by May 6th will not be eligible for the Mission Activation Vote.

6. Announcement of Valid Proposals — March 17th

7. Mission Activation Vote — April 1st to 12th

8. Announcement of Selected Missions — April 14th

9. Mission Planning — April 22nd to June 28th

10. Project Manager Assignment Deadline — May 6th

11. Authorization to Proceed — July 1st

Ready to become a space mission engineer?

If you’d love to participate in a proposal, but don’t have an idea of your own, we suggest you regularly check the forum and join one of the teams, or create a post explaining who you are, the skills you have, and type of projects you’d like to work on (hint: populating your user profile would help!).

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Space Decentral is a decentralized autonomous space agency that leverages blockchain technology to reinvigorate the push for space exploration with global citizens in control. Space Decentral promotes collaborative design of space missions, sharing research for peer review, crowdsourcing science, and crowdfunding worthy projects that accelerate human progress.

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