Jul 11 2011

Press Release — 7/12/11

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July 12, 2011


ESCONDIDO, CA — As the launch of Shuttle Atlantis signals the end of American space as we’ve known it, the question becomes: What next? Our forecast of a new Apollo-style, international Space Age just around the corner has major implications for business, technology, and education. Plus it explains why no one’s been back to the Moon in 40 years.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in their Daily Launch (6/28/11) reports that:

In an op-ed for Space News (6/28, Subscription Publication), Bruce Cordell, co-founder of 21stCenturyWaves.com, writes that examining long-term trends, the cancelation of the Constellation program is “merely a speed bump on the road to near-term international commercial and scientific development of Earth-Moon space and even humans to Mars.” Cordell argues it is not just the availability of money that drives programs like Apollo to fruition but also by a confluence with an “exuberant” public whose “expanded worldviews made the Apollo program seem not only intriguing but almost irresistible – as reflected in 1960s opinion polls.” By looking at trends over the past 200 years with other big exploration projects, Cordell predicts that “a new international Space Age…should gain momentum by 2015.”

The full Space News op-ed is available … Click HERE.

Our forecast for a near-term, New Space Age is based on an empirical, long-term approach:

This glimpse of the future is not based on hope or optimism, but on long-term trends in the economy, technology and geopolitics that point to a near-term reignition of President John F. Kennedy’s 50-year-old vision of human exploration of the Moon and planets.

Long-term macroeconomic patterns – including the slow U.S. recovery — and other global trends lead us to expect a transformative, Camelot-style “critical state” to materialize in the U.S. and internationally by mid-decade. It will feature unprecedented commercial and scientific development of Earth-Moon space, including staffed lunar bases, and possibly even humans on Mars.

For more information see the “Maslow Window” Summary Page … Click HERE

Media Contact: Dr. Bruce Cordell
Available for questions, interviews
Dr. Cordell’s LinkedIn Profile

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