Expert’s reaching for the stars to save life on Earth
A SUNSHINE Coast space expert will show an international audience why space is no longer the final frontier.
Kim Peart will take part in the International Space Development Conference in the US next month to promote his idea of a "maintenance manual" for starship Earth.
The Mountain Creek man, who is the head of the group Space Pioneers, is motivated by the concept of solar communities and is a key researcher into a space future for humans.
Mr Peart will be a guest speaker at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles in May on the invitation of the Kepler Space Institute.
Upon returning from the conference, Mr Peart hopes to open a space centre on the Sunshine Coast to foster a love for space in the community and provide information space communities and host hands-on work with robotics.
He has written several articles on why humans are at the cusp of a choice whether to expand beyond the Earthly nest or become residents of the universe.
"We must consider how we will keep all our life-support systems on this planet working and what we must do to secure a safe planet," Mr Peart said.
Should we be building liveable space stations?
This poll ended on 02 May 2014.
Yes, the planet can only hold so many people.
No, we should focus on fixing the problems.
It sounds far-fetched. I don't think it will ever happen.
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He believes individual opinions need to change before pressure can be put on governments and private investors to fund the future projects.
"Rather than lamenting the loss of our car industry in Australia, we should be planning for the unlimited increase in our prosperity by reaching to the stars," Mr Peart said.
Mr Peart has been a lifelong space advocate, joining the movement in 1976.
Nowadays he is using the virtual world, through Second Life, which is a 3D world online, to connect and work with other experts, enthusiasts, architects and specialists to design the proposed satellite space communities.
"It's critical we make a giant leap to establish ourselves sustainably in space, so we can turn around and create a sustainable life on Earth," Mr Peart said.