Oct 3, 2010

Message from the Team Leader

This message was written by Steve Allen, leader of the White Label Space GLXP Team, on the occasion of the 2010 GLXP Team Summit:

The Google Lunar X PRIZE was the primary catalyst for the formation of White Label Space but soon after the start it became apparent that this team was capable of far more than just one space competition project.

As the White Label Space team continues to grow globally, the GLXP mission has changed from a singular goal to a technology demonstrator for our team's capabilities, and today is a mere hint at where we plan to be in five years from now. Commercial space exploration is becoming a reality, no longer just the domain of state-sponsored space programs, and that's something that was unthinkable just five years ago.

GLXP will prove that a small dedicated team of talented passionate space enthusiasts can cheaply develop technology that will not only benefit the private space sector but also government space programs.

We owe it to future generations to commit to exploring the cosmos and setting up colonies on distant planets. It is a given that, at some point in the future, Earth will cease to support life as we know it and as Stephen Hawking so clearly points out, space exploration is the only hope left for the future survival of the human race.

The cost of sending exploratory missions to the nearest habitable planet are astronomical and that's why initiatives like the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition are so important for accelerating space technological innovation while driving down costs.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a competition where in the end no one can lose. The winning team(s) will inspire a new generation of space farers and the other competitors will have knowledge/expertise that if managed correctly can be directly converted into profitable business. Space is not just the final frontier it's also the salvation of the human race.

Steve Allen was not able to attend the 2010 GLXP Team Summit but he sends his best wishes to all the competing teams and the X PRIZE Foundation.


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