Space is the next multi-trillion-dollar industry. The next space race has begun and it is not only being conducted by big governments. Now big companies and wealthy individuals are also racing to claim the prize of fame and fortune. What if, in addition to competing in this race, we could also cooperate to develop a nurturing environment and share the substantial risk while maintaining our autonomy for individual success. It was exactly this juxtaposition that enabled the success of the yachting industry during its early development. We provide an off-planet platform to stabilize industries in space with all of the utility, security and luxury we have come to expect in our lives.
The Orbital Yacht Club™ (OYC™) creates an opportunity to live in orbit; not in a small “tin can” environment with all the complexities and discomforts of micro-gravity, but in a spacious environment with multiple different gravity zones, including Earth, Mars, Lunar and micro-gravity zones. From this platform we can each pursue our individual endeavors in the development of the space industry. Through competition we push each other to excel and through cooperation we encourage each other to succeed. This concept along with the rapid improvements in space technology enables a dramatic entrance into truly living in space.
One example of improvements in space technology is new rocket technology like the Falcon Heavy. It provides delivery to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) of over 2,500 metric tons with just 40 launches at under $100 million per launch. This is six times the size of the International Space Station (ISS) at 20 times less cost. A second huge cost savings is afforded by the unique modular design of the OYC™. To protect the building materials during transport to LEO, we have designed a payload fairing that is reused as a module to build the OYC™ eliminating the cost of sending it back to Earth for reuse. Each of the 40 docking stations will consist of one of these fairings. Each one provides over 2,000 square feet of living space with Earth gravity. The equipment loaded inside the fairings will be assembled in orbit to create over 25,000 square feet of living space with Mars gravity, over 8,000 square feet with Lunar gravity and over 16,000 square feet with Micro-gravity. This provides more than enough space to learn, work and play for up to 320 people at a time.
These examples clearly show some of the advantages of cooperation through the OYC™. In economic terms, $10 billion shared across 40 docking stations over five years is $50 million per docking station per year. This shared risk of capital investment provides the infrastructure to capture the revenue generated by science, manufacturing and leisure industries in LEO, without the complexities of living in micro-gravity or the expense of frequent travel back and forth to Earth. Now scientists, entrepreneurs and vacationers can realize activities in LEO first-hand instead of living vicariously through a few astronauts.
Who will be a trillionaire in space? The OYC™ provides you the opportunity to grow a successful and lucrative space industry. The motto, “united we stand, divided we fall”, is given an entirely new meaning through this cooperative effort. Let us unite to create a real living environment in space now.