We’re back with Part Two where Jim Cantrell, CEO of Vector Space Systems, reveals the face of the new Space Race, how Vector plans to “make rockets like sausages,” who the most famous human being in the Universe will be and what role cryptocurrencies will play in this revolution.
The first people to arrive on Mars are going to come by private taxi. They’re not going to be here by black government limos. It’s not going to be a government guy.
It’s going to be Elon Musk, or it’s going to be one of his astronauts.
The government’s not going to do it. The government may say they’re going along, but they’re just there for the ride.
They’re following in this case.
What’s happening is entrepreneurs now have made enough money that we can actually rival what the governments used to claim as their own domain.
The governments have become so incompetent in how they execute this basic function of space travel, it’s left the door wide open for the entrepreneurs. And we rushed in. We didn’t realize we were rushing in in the beginning, but we did.
Building Rockets Like Sausages
Look below at what all the various rockets being built are compared to Vector [all the way on the left]. You can see we’re just teeny little things. That’s all you need to do this job. And we’ll build more of them instead of build them large.
You can see on the right hand side, that’s the new NASA rocket. I call it the rocket to nowhere. It’s like the bridge to nowhere. It’s just a jobs program.
Guess how much the SLS costs to launch? $500 million? Nope. One billion? Nope. Three billion dollars!
How often do you think they’re going to launch this beast? About every eighteen months. That’s how long.
That’s what we’re spending our tax dollars on.
Vector is doing something different. We’re going to build our rockets like sausages like the Russians said they would. We really are.
[CHRIS’ NOTE: During the Cold War, a Russian official, in an effort to stoke fear, boasted their factories were rolling out rockets “like sausages.” This turned out to be false, as the feared “missile gap,” declassified Soviet documents revealed, wasn’t just wildly overblown, it didn’t exist.]
And we’re going to franchise manufacture these, much like McDonald’s franchise manufactures the burger.
This is a different business model.
We’re building these small little factory modules that can build these rockets. One of my rockets can fit in this room.
With about ten to twenty thousand square feet, we can have a little plant that makes them and employ about 25 people. And we can produce about 25 a year.
So we’re going to replicate those all over the world. And we’ll be the mother part supplier for them, but they’ll get assembled just like part assembly plants in Mexico for Ford. That’s how we’re going to achieve our numbers.
It’s unlike anything anybody’s done in the aerospace industry.
Galactic Sky: Space-Based Mesh Networks
Galactic Sky is our software-defined satellite network.
We have about 40 patents on this, but it essentially allows virtual machines in space. And we’re using terrestrial network technology.
We brought in Silicon Valley DNA that did a lot of early Internet work, a lot of server work. We’re essentially putting a cloud layer in space.
It’s going to be a space-based network the entire world will have access to. And the cost to access it will be within the affordability of most average folks. We’re not talking about something that’s the domain of just the large corporations or the large governments.
If you want to put cryptocurrency there, you’re welcome. If you want to use the imagers and have an app that just takes snapshots, you want to try and find your lost kids, you’re welcome.
If you’re Johnny Law and you want to find people violating the law, you’re welcome, too, I guess.
So this is the vision. And we’re starting to build this constellation out.
[CHRIS’ NOTE: Two points here worthy of note.
ONE. It’s been established that a country’s borders continue beneath the surface all the way to the earth’s core. Above the ground, though, according to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, boundaries extend only to what is defined as “outer space” — which begins 100 kilometers into the atmosphere. Space is still no-man’s land.
TWO. Interestingly enough, too, a book we’ve mentioned before in the past, The Sovereign Individual, published in 1999, remains fairly prescient:
“Not only will transactions occur over the [Inter]Net, but they will migrate outside the jurisdiction of nation-states. . . . Payment will be rendered in cybercurrency. Profits will be booked in cyberbanks. Investments will be made in cyberbrokerages. . . . Low-orbit satellites and other approaches to wireless technology will transmit feeds back and forth directly to a beeper in your pocket, a portable computer, or a workstation, without interfacing with a local telephone operating or TV cable system at all. In short, the Internet will be unwired. . . . Your PC will be the branch office of your bank and global money brokerage, as well as the equivalent of the Paris kiosk where you buy your anonymous phone card.”]
The Most Famous Human Being
The most famous human being isn’t born yet… This person is going to be the first one born off the Earth.
This will represent the most significant accomplishment of mankind — to move off of this rock that we all live on that we were all born on. And that we have learned enough and built enough to move off of it.
This accomplishment will not be done by governments. It will be done by people like you and me. It’ll be done because we want to do it. Because we think it’s a worthwhile thing. And there’s something inside of us that calls us there.
We will do it.
Cryptocurrency will go there, too. Cryptocurrency has its legs in a lot of other things in how you organize societies and it’s my personal belief that cryptocurrency is a big part of this revolution that’s coming.
Because it’s independent of governments. It’s a way to track wealth, a way to track agreements. It’s a way to have accountability.
And I believe that as we expand privately into space, cryptocurrency is going to be a fundamental part of how that happens.
[Ed. note: This information was adapted from Jim’s talks at Nexus 2017, which you can find here and here.]
CEO, Vector Space Systems