EIS is a program sending into and returning from orbit an NSS “Enterprise” orbiter with 100 student experiments aboard as a science and space education project for all ages. A celebration to the enduring works of the great visionaries of science and science fiction, and to all the ships in history which have shared the name Enterprise. A years-long project sending into and retrieving from orbit an approximately 8-foot NSS “Enterprise” orbiter containing student experiments as a science and space education project for all ages.
The NSS is an independent, educational, membership, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with thousands of members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. To learn more, visit www.nss.org.
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The ENTERPRISE IN SPACE team consists of experts in the following fields: Aerospace & Aeronautics; Education; Engineering; Graphic & Animation Design; IT; Legal; Management; Marketing & Distribution; Multimedia; Accounting; and Promotion & Public Relations. For more information, see our team bios.
The Enterprise In Space program has the endorsement of the National Space Society and Nichelle Nichols, among others. The list is growing with every passing day.
You may donate as much or as little as you wish.
However, $20 is the minimum donation to become an official Enterprise In Space crew member and have your name flown on the NSS ENTERPRISE IN SPACE
$20 (the cost of a trip to the movies) is the minimum donation to become an official Enterprise In Space crew member and have your name flown into space on this historic Orbiter. This same $20 also supports the EIS education program by helping to send student experiments into space at no cost to the student. We also encourage donors to sign up with the NSS. An NSS membership offers quarterly copies of the award winning Ad Astra magazine, monthly down link newsletters, as well as other benefits. Everyone who becomes an Enterprise In Space crew member will get their name flown into space as a part of the orbiter virtual crew.
Yes. All of your donations to ENTERPRISE IN SPACE is tax deductible because it is a program of the National Space Society, which is a 501 (c)(3) organization. If you join as a member of the National Space Society, all but $12 is tax deductible because that is the cost of Ad Astra magazine, an NSS membership benefit.
Absolutely. Since NSS is a 501 (c) (3) educational organization, you may want to check with your employer to see if they are willing to provide matching donations. Often, if groups of employees band together within an organization an donate as a group, companies are more wiling to match dollar for dollar.
It will cost you only $20 to fly your name into space. Our team of experts has prepared a complete budget covering all aspects of the project, from design and construction, through three rounds of student experiment funding, to insured launch and retrieval, of $63 million. There are numerous companies who have expressed interest in funding a large portion of this cost through sponsorship and/or in-kind donations of hardware in exchange for our testing new technologies. We look forward to providing you updates on our fundraising and sponsors.
The primary goal of Enterprise In Space is to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education. Enterprise In Space believes that investing in a student’s future benefits all of Humanity. We can think of no better cause than to inspire and motivate students to learn these essential technical skills that are needed to help solve many of society’s greatest challenges. All of the major causes in the world, be they cures for illness or providing the starving food, might be solved through the creative minds of the world’s youth. Igniting the imagination and encouraging out-of-the-box thinking will inspire these young people to not only become engineers and scientists, but also be space faring people who are knowledgeable in the benefits of space development.
Unfortunately, warp drive hasn’t been invented yet. That is why we are promoting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education; so that hopefully any of the science and engineering students who work on the experiments that fly on this orbiter, will one day invent it!
Due to the limits of franchise property legal protections and “derivative design” limits, we have opted to go with and all-new orbiter design. Which in turn, opens up the NSS/EIS mission even more, as an all new design contest and to engage the general public with their, art, ideas and imagination!
Once the “Design Our Orbiter” contest yields a winning design. This should occur within one month after the competition deadline.
The ENTERPRISE IN SPACE orbiter will be built and launched by established aerospace companies and recognized educational institutions. EIS intends to engage an engineering analysis and preliminary design firm of the overall vehicle. This will be a major aerospace subcontractor with experience in educational outreach including undergraduate, graduate, and high school internship/mentoring programs. They will complete the conceptual design of the orbiter and subsystems, define the re-entry and recovery system concept, and develop conceptual engineering drawings. The orbiter will then be bid to a primary contractor. During the development process, ENTERPRISE IN SPACE will show regular updates detailing as much of the design and building as we are allowed to. There are some laws that restrict certain information about orbiters/satellites which we must adhere to (US ITAR restrictions), but we will be as open as possible at all stages of the project.
In addition, the orbiter will incorporate as many new technologies as possible. These technologies may include materials that are 3-D printed, nano-technologies, new materials, and other innovative concepts. One of the EIS team’s goals is to honor the visionary ideas and concepts of science fiction and create the reality of some of these amazing ideas.
The orbiter will be built and launched within the USA.
Current guidelines limit us on approximately 8 feet by 8 feet and 6 feet in width.
Voting has ended for the NSS ENTERPRISE IN SPACE Orbiter Design Contest.
Yes! There will be a global student competition from which 100+ student experiments will be selected for placement within the orbiter or as free-fliers near the orbiter. The orbiter will also feature a full propulsion system, a modern satellite avionics and communications package, high definition video and still cameras, and a massive on-board data storage system to store all the crew member’s (donors) names and, possibly, photos.
Yes. Every crew member will get their name flown into space as a part of the orbiter’s virtual crew. You might be able to send more digital material up, such as pictures, messages, etc. But only students will get the chance to send real hardware up on the orbiter. We will notify you if you sign up as a crew member when these opportunities become available, or watch this site for more information. Only students who win the student experiment competitions will get the chance to send real hardware up on the orbiter and return it to Earth.
Whether you are a student, teacher, outreach provider, professor, or parent who is interested in participating in the ENTERPRISE IN SPACE student competitions, we have a section of our website titled Enterprise Education specifically dedicated to showing you exactly how you and your school/college/university can get on-board.
Enterprise In Space will be flying the winning student experiments into space for free! There is an extreme need for inexpensive space flight payload opportunities for student science experiments, especially experiments that can be orbited and safely returned to Earth. The EIS team anticipates that it will fly over 100 experiments from all age groups, disciplines, and student groups worldwide to win a berth on this orbiter. There will be no cost for flying an experiment. However, the cost of building an experiment that will fly into space is the responsibility of the winning teams and is dependent upon a number of factors: The type of experiment, the size of the container, and the overall weight. Containers and electrical interfaces will be supplied by EIS, while the experiments themselves will be supplied by the students.
Yes. The process will be the same, and will not differentiate between entries from accredited institutions and home school organizations.
Yes! Just as in the many universes within some science fiction genre, EIS wants the world to work together towards a common goal. ENTERPRISE IN SPACE would like to believe that in some small way we are taking some baby steps towards helping the world to unite. EIS would like to encourage students from around the world to join together throught the designing and building of an experiment that will not just orbit Earth, but one that they will be able to see flying over their country.
By rocket, of course! The orbiter will be flown into orbit as part of a secondary payload. We have been offered a free launch to be announced in July 2016.
We are hoping to launch in late 2021.
One week minimum, depending upon a number of external factors.
The orbiter will have heat-shielding (to diffuse the heat of re-entry and protect the orbiter) and a parachute (to slow the rate of descent) as it is guided back to Earth. There may also be some new technologies utilized to bring the orbiter back and the development of these technologies will depend on the final design chosen from the orbiter design contest.
Yes. We want to provide up-to-the-minute updates along the way via the website. Anyone who can make it to the launch site on launch day will be able to view the event. ENTERPRISE IN SPACE staff and some distinguished guests (including design contest winners and major donors) will be able to watch the launch from an exclusive site. It will also be broadcast. Once the orbiter is in orbit everyone will be able to track it live on our website view it on a live feed from space at predetermined times. Unfortunately, no one will be able to be present at return, for safety reasons, and we are still in process of planning the retrieval process.
ENTERPRISE IN SPACE strives to be as much a green endeavor as possible, and as such, we’re committed to NOT adding to the space junk problem. We intend to actually return our orbiter from orbit after its mission is completed. That’s going to be another historical first for a non-profit, crowd-funded project!
After the orbiter is retrieved, the student experiments on-board will be returned to the students and teachers, who will analyzed and report on the data. The orbiter itself will go on an international tour with some of the Enterprise In Space staff. At each of these tour venues, some of the experiment results will be presented and displayed. The orbiter, teachers, and students will visit many conventions and special events, some created specifically for this purpose. The orbiter’s final destination will be a permanent placement in a museum, like the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (pending an approval process), where everyone will be able to come and see it. If you donated to become a virtual crew member, you will be able to see your name listed alongside the display, as part of our history-making virtual crew.
The museum likely won’t allow touching it, but we will certainly try to allow touching the spacecraft during the tour. Everyone will be free to visually record their encounter at their leisure.
Mentor/protégé relationships are being cultivated throughout all facets of the project. Contact us if interested.
Something anyone can do is get the word out about us to every corner of the globe. This sort of grassroots promotion needs that sort of support. Contact everyone you know and ask them personally to make a donation. Sharing our posts, videos, etc. with anyone you think might be interested. Like and follow us on social media. If you have knowledge of or connections to anything from art to education, promotion to merchandising, corporate law to team management, rocket science to science fiction, we can definitely use your volunteerism! Contact us.