Project Persephone is creating a space program
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patrons

$56
per month
2001 wasn't much like the movie. Suicidal fanatics struck a blow to reclaim their pilgrimage sites from petro-monarchs. There were no bases on the Moon. No commercial passenger flights to space. No space hotels waltzing in orbit. Space tourism started to happen, but even so, it seemed your average space traveler would still be a national hero working for a government space program.

In the real 2001, the space dreams of the 70s, with its two oil shocks, hadn't come to pass either. No $10-million-per-launch space shuttle. No solar power satellites taking over from fossil fuels. Not even close. And on 9/11, a U.S. presidential candidate who'd campaigned on achieving "a cleaner environment, a stable climate" was off figuring out what retirement from politics meant.

I was shocked into a realization: I wanted to help make a space program for everybody, in ways that mattered for the Earth. After a few years of research and thought, I had a possible answer: Project Persephone.
Tiers
Wimp! (unless you live in a poor country)
$1 or more per month
  • You only get the right to say you're a donor, sorry.
Sustainer
$5 or more per month
Don't think this level doesn't help. It can. $5 per month, if continued indefinitely, we can invest up to $300 (one-time-only) in a project.
Accelerator
$10 or more per month
The donor level where you're actually moving us ever faster, not just sustaining us.
Protector
$20 or more per month
It's not enough to get acceleration -- we also need some insurance against unanticipated setbacks. At the Protector level, we can not only fund more projects, we can divert a small fraction of each monthy donation into self-insurance reserve funds. At this level, you get voting rights on what constitutes enough of a setback to tap the fund.
Goals
$50 – reached! per month
When I get to $50 per month, we'll launch a project to make conference telepresence possible for members, using a tablet computer on wheels. Several opportunities to push forward on this goal have come and gone. As of this writing (Oct 11, 2018), another one is looming: a presentation scheduled for Oct 18 at the Montreal Space Symposium, while it turns out the presenter actually needs to stay in Asia. We may not make that one even if the financial goal is reached immediately, simply because of the coordination overhead in getting started. But sometimes the most important thing is to just get started at all.
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2001 wasn't much like the movie. Suicidal fanatics struck a blow to reclaim their pilgrimage sites from petro-monarchs. There were no bases on the Moon. No commercial passenger flights to space. No space hotels waltzing in orbit. Space tourism started to happen, but even so, it seemed your average space traveler would still be a national hero working for a government space program.

In the real 2001, the space dreams of the 70s, with its two oil shocks, hadn't come to pass either. No $10-million-per-launch space shuttle. No solar power satellites taking over from fossil fuels. Not even close. And on 9/11, a U.S. presidential candidate who'd campaigned on achieving "a cleaner environment, a stable climate" was off figuring out what retirement from politics meant.

I was shocked into a realization: I wanted to help make a space program for everybody, in ways that mattered for the Earth. After a few years of research and thought, I had a possible answer: Project Persephone.

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Tiers
Wimp! (unless you live in a poor country)
$1 or more per month
  • You only get the right to say you're a donor, sorry.
Sustainer
$5 or more per month
Don't think this level doesn't help. It can. $5 per month, if continued indefinitely, we can invest up to $300 (one-time-only) in a project.
Accelerator
$10 or more per month
The donor level where you're actually moving us ever faster, not just sustaining us.
Protector
$20 or more per month
It's not enough to get acceleration -- we also need some insurance against unanticipated setbacks. At the Protector level, we can not only fund more projects, we can divert a small fraction of each monthy donation into self-insurance reserve funds. At this level, you get voting rights on what constitutes enough of a setback to tap the fund.