2011 marked the end of the Space Shuttle
and the start of
of citizen space research and exploration!
Since Yuri Gagarin left the Earth on that historic day in 1961, through 50 years of government sponsored space programs and partnerships, mankind, in 2011 finally broke free of the limitations brought about by state controlled exploration of space and new worlds.
With the rise of privately funded space ventures, missions and vehicles, and the international cooperation of the ISS, comes a new era in citizen space research programs, using CubeSats, and other small satellites to explore low earth orbit.... and beyond.
What will be achieved by this new generation of space researchers, travellers and settlers is already being revealed by primary age payload owners and young minds, eager to save, then leave, the planet over the next 100 years. The countdown has begun...