Image for Island Earth calls for Commonwealth Action on Space Development

Should Commonwealth nations collaborate on space development?

We meet for nation building. We meet for sport. We meet to battle over cricket.

Many Commonwealth nations, like India, already have space programs, so why shouldn’t there be a strong space arm to this diverse community of nations?

If nations like South Africa, Canada, India, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea could work together on space projects, the mutual benefit would be immense, including inspiring more students to enter science and engineering, because there is an exciting challenge to reward their efforts.

Australia may host the launch facility at Woomera and if an electromagnetic propulsion system is built to send an endless stream of small capsules into space, the mountains of Papua New Guinea, being on the equator, would be an ideal location.

An electromagnetic system, or mass driver, could be powered by a solar power station in space, where the Sun never sets and this unlimited energy supply can be beamed to Earth to also supply a clean and green energy source for the people of Earth.

Commonwealth action on space would not rule out other international collaborations, such as with the United Nations, the United States, Europe, Russia, China and Brazil.

In addition to Earth monitoring and exploration satellites, Commonwealth space development activities could include:

- Pursuing astronomy opportunities, as the queen of space science.

- Developing an international space port at Woomera.

- An investigation into the construction of solar power stations in space, which may be required if we need to access the unlimited energy of the Sun more efficiently and begin to drop the use of coal and oil.

- Investigate the construction of an Earth-gravity orbital space city that would host a space university, research facilities, accommodation for people wishing to live in space, a hotel for space tourists and offices for space companies.

A united effort for space by the Commonwealth of Nations could open the way for humanity to achieve an exciting future among the stars and a healthy environment on Earth.

We are keen to know what people in Australia and other Commonwealth nations think of this proposal and whether they would like to see it happen.

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Island Earth concerns and vision


If the warnings of leading scientists like James Lovelock and James Hansen are to be believed, we may one day need to live on Earth more as if we were living in space, as climate change turns farm into desert and destroys the ozone layer when hydrogen sulphide is released from algal blooms in a dying ocean. We may then need to access the unlimited energy of the Sun, collected directly in space and beamed to Earth, to desalinate ocean water and pump this liquid gold to where people will need it to survive, grow food and keep cool. Protected environments, which we call Earth Oasis, may also serve as arks for flora and fauna, until the Earth can be made safe again using the muscle of space technology.

Accessing the energy of the Sun in space may also help to avoid conflicts that could all too easily slide into nuclear madness, when millions of people begin moving from sea level rise, advancing deserts and famines resulting from cataclysmic floods.

It is not widely appreciated that a point would be reached in space development where there would be no further cost to Earth, where further space development would be essentially free. I call this the Liberty Line. The investment by humanity to secure the Liberty Line would be the single most important investment that we could ever make. Until we have won the Liberty Line, our future is uncertain. Beyond the Liberty Line the way is open for humanity to become a star-faring civilization.

With the threat to human society now presented by climate change, a confident survival presence beyond Earth may be the insurance policy that we cannot afford to live without on Earth, if we wish to maintain our prosperity, continue to progress our civilization and hope to make poverty history.

Without survival, no other activity is possible.

Further Reading


‘Creating A Solar Civilization’

Commonwealth Secretariat