The Year Ahead: The Future Frontiers of Sea and Space

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – T.S. Eliot

The New Year of 2010 promises to be as exhilarating as the previous year for those of us on Discovery Enterprise and the Atlantica Expeditions as we continue to work towards the exploration and settlement of the exciting new future frontiers of sea and space.

The Atlantica Expeditions is a project sponsored and supported by the League of New Worlds.

The League of the New Worlds is a non-profit research foundation committed to the permanent human settlement of the ocean and space frontiers. The League is primarily an expeditions and explorations based group. It is our express purpose to plan, design, launch and permanently occupy the unsettled regions of the world’s oceans and space. We approach our purpose with an incremental development of off-the-shelf technologies integrated with intelligence and purposeful synergy, fusing the goals of ocean and space settlement into a single enterprise called the League of the New Worlds.

Humanity in the last fifty years has made great strides in the exploration of space and has all but completed its preliminary reconnaissance of the solar system.

The scientific field of comparative planetology was born during the height of our exploration of the solar system over the past half century. And, what we learned has greatly enhanced our understanding and appreciation of the Earth.

But, In the course of explorations we have overlooked three quarters of our own world. We have left a great yawning gap in the map of our own planet and a fuller understanding of our own world. We know almost nothing about the world’s oceans. The time has come to fill in this great unknown.

The realm of Poseidon would comprise a planet more than three times greater in size than humanity’s present domain. It is a world at once integral yet, separate from our own. A world we have aptly named Aquatica.

The debate as to whether to fund space exploration at the expense of undersea exploration or vice versa in our minds is a very artificial one. In a greater context exploring the oceans of our world is part and parcel of the planetary exploration of our entire solar system. But, it is a very vital one because it concerns a very large portion of our home world about which we know very little.

We do not view the debate as an “either or proposition”. We support both exploratory endeavours and view them as vital to the long term survival and well being of the human species. Both undertakings stand on their own merits and they also compliment one another. The same applies for the eventual colonization goals of both enterprises.

Many of the members of the League of New Worlds have a tremendous interest in both enterprises. And. are actively engaged and employed in both exploratory programs. We feel that the goals of exploring and eventually inhabiting both sea and space enhance humanity’s long term survival here on Earth and on countless worlds throughout the solar system and beyond. The experienced gained during the course of exploring and settling the undersea realm of Aquatica will give us the skills necessary to bravely go forth an explore the countless worlds that will one day become the future abodes of humanity.

The League’s Symbol represents the new worlds of sea and space together in the same frame. Shown in the image are two manned habitats – one undersea and one in orbital space. Both habitats depicted are identical, representing the sharing of research, technology and innovation between them.

If we have learned anything during the past fifty years of space exploration its that “good planets” are hard to find and its high time we fully understand and take better care of the one, which for now at least, we can truly call home.
The dream of permanently settling Aquatica has begun, with the immediate, global commitment to long term ocean monitoring and the sustainable development of its vast wealth. We also seek to venture there to teach every culture innovative and powerful systems of thought, carved from a profound visionary philosophy – to preserve and protect this vast ocean realm. It is a philosophy vital to our long term survival on this planet and out in the vast frontier of outer space.

We must also commit our global civilization to the long term goal of maintaining the health and vitality of this planet in all its realms – land, air and sea. All of which are integral to the long term habitability of our world. Vital in meeting that end is our commitment to the continual monitoring of the health of our planetary ocean – Aquatica.

Last November Dennis Chamberland, his wife Claudia, and other members of the Atlantica Expeditions team spent two days in the Florida Keys filming a documentary for a web based site called Motherboard. TV. The interviews were all filmed underwater in the Jules Undersea Habitat. Discovery Enterprise will definitely keep you informed of the announced release date probably sometime in February. The producer said that she believed it was going to be their best project ever.

Even throughout last year’s economic slow down the Atlantica Expeditions have not faltered or stopped by any means and the year ahead promises to be an exciting one for us.

The New Worlds Explorer (NWE) will be nearing completion and in the months ahead the Atlantica Expeditions team will be field testing the crucial elements of the innovative life support technologies which will be used on all our future habitats. Visit the Atlantica Expeditions web site and learn more about this exciting vision of exploration and discovery.

On a more personal note, April of last year was a very thrilling for me because I had the opportunity to meet and appear on Maltese television with Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt during his visit to the island of Malta.

Senator Schmitt was invited by the Department of Physics of the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Malta Committee and the United States Embassy to deliver two public lectures entitled “A SCIENTIST ON THE MOON – APOLLO 17” and “SPACE EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION” on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2009 as part of series of activities to mark the International Year of Astronomy and to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Senator Schmitt is an advocate of returning to the moon and envisions using the energy and mineral resources of Earth’s nearest neighbour to create a spacefaring civilization.

Last November, the dream of colonizing the Moon and solar system came closer to reality with the exciting discovery of substantial amounts of water ice in the permanently shadowed Cabeus crater about 100 km (62 miles) from the south pole of the Moon. At this location the crater is seen obliquely from Earth, and it is almost perpetually in deep shadow due to lack of sunlight. Hence, not much detail can be seen of this crater, even from orbit. Through a telescope, this crater appears near the southern limb of the Moon, to the west of the crater Malapert and to the south-southwest of Newton.

The LCROSS spacecraft and a companion rocket stage made twin impacts in the Cabeus crater on October 9 that created a plume of material from the bottom of a crater that has not seen sunlight in billions of years. The plume travelled at a high angle beyond the rim of Cabeus and into sunlight, while an additional curtain of debris was ejected more laterally. Preliminary data from NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in the permanently shadowed lunar crater. The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the Moon and its future exploration and settlement.

So if the last year is any indication stay with us dear readers and join us on new voyages of exploration and discovery in the realms of sea during the exciting year ahead of 2010 when humanity makes contact with these new frontiers.

At Discovery Enterprise we are looking forward to a very active year with guest posts by other League members, more Science Fiction related articles (for we feel that this genre of literature expresses the highest aspirations, goals and fears of our global civilization’s collective future) and also look forward to the greater active participation on the part of our readers in forum section of our blog site. Discovery Enterprise is all about exploration, so on behalf of my co-bloggers Dennis Chamberland and Ralph Buttigieg I invite you, dear readers to explore the wonderful year ahead of 2010 together!

Atlantic Undersea Colony Project Video


1 Response to “The Year Ahead: The Future Frontiers of Sea and Space”

  1. 1 Ralph Buttigieg January 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I'm sure it will be a good year for all of us!

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