I mentioned before that we are planning a big, international space conference. Our first thinking was to place it in Stockholm, but then Linköping, close to Stockholm emerged with a very positive attitude.
But the municipality didn’t come up with the money needed to decide on Linköping, but instead a local real estate company showed an interest in backing this effort. We are meeting them in a couple of weeks. If they step up, we won’t need as much money from the municipality and Linköping could still be the winner.
Also, the name will be Warp Space Summit. That, at least, is decided.
Webbdagarna is a big, Swedish tech conference. There we had a booth just outside of the main hall, where we signed-up people that wanted their name in space.
Also, Magnus Aschan, the Warp Institute COO, gave a keynote talk in front of 2000 people and talked about our mission together with Beyond Atlas and showed the 3D-printed model of the first spacecraft.
It’s fun to hear people’s different reactions. Everything from “very cool!” to “why should you wanna go to an asteroid!?”
In the picture, you have Henny Fröroth, one of our volunteers, and Per-Erik Atterwall, the founder of Beyond Atlas.
This is both for the first mission, Meeting the Scrap, and the asteroid mission.
For the first mission, the Beyond Atlas spacecraft will navigate very close to space debris and photograph it. There will be some very cool photos, and unique. Never before has space debris been photographed like this.
The crowdfunding starts at $20, but already at $150 you will get a photo of space debris, with a digital stamp to show it belongs to you, taken from a spacecraft you made happen.
We have decided to do a space event, a space conference. Invite SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Made in Space and other cool companies and together discuss how we can make humanity’s future in space come sooner.
Top of the list of hosting this event has been Stockholm or Raleigh, North Carolina. Stockholm is our home and a great tech city. Raleigh is the fast-growing capital of North Carolina, where I have many contacts and friends.
But suddenly, a new contender has emerged. When I talked to Tomas Ahlström about this, he mentioned Linköping, just south of Stockholm. Tomas is one of the volunteers but also an event organizer and entrepreneur. He runs East Sweden Game and LiU Game Conference with a 1000 people audience and has a background in video games.
So upon his suggestion, I went to Linköping to meet with Visit Linköping and they loved the idea. “We are one hundred percent behind this!” they said.
Linköping is where they build Swedish fighter jet JAS Gripen, and they have at least one space company, RUAG Space. Last year I went to the opening of their new factory, where they are building parts for OneWeb who plans to send up 800 satellites to cover the globe with internet access.
So Linköping feels like a real possibility. Now we’ll talk to a couple of companies down there and see if we also can get their support.
During the summer Per-Erik Atterwall signed up Beyond Atlas in the International Cubesat and Mission Contest and became one of twelve finalists. Here are his words from the final event:
12 finalists, 15 minutes to present and then 5 for questions. They already have all the documentation we sent in during the summer. Now I feel stupid that I did not put more effort into the summer papers already submitted. 10 judges from all over the world.I drew the 11th presentation slot. I will present at the end of the day. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Presentation, so nervous, I am never nervous, but that rule does not count now. I want to win for us.
After my presentation, we have dinner with Dr. Yu and Madam Yu from CNSA. Peter and I (mostly Peter) introduce lots of Swedish snaps songs which work perfectly with the Chinese schnapps.
In the middle of dinner, Dr. Yu gets the result from the competition. WE WON!!
It feels incredible. The recognition from the international CubeSat community. The competition of so many great competing missions. And we won.
First prize is a free launch to LEO and a pile of money. The team is just laughing. If this competition were in Europe, they said, the first price would be a T-shirt.
When we told the people from the Facebook group what this project was, we also gave them the opportunity to become volunteers. A number of them did and along with the youngsters from SAYA they are now hard at work finding contact info to all the space communities and organizations in the world. So far they’ve found about 2500 (with 2000 of them in two databases.)
Starting early next year we are going to contact them all and ask them to contact their members and invite them to Warp Space Program and Beyond Atlas.