We are thrilled to welcome back Angela Lamont to Trondheim to deliver one of our Technoport 2015 keynotes. Luckily for us, she’s just as excited!
“I love Technoport! It has a unique blend of some unconventional, outside-the-box thinking with the more traditional “enquiring mind” way of examining things. I like the fact that it’s different, almost experimental, yet very pertinent to practical things.”
Angela is an award-winning broadcaster famous in the UK for bringing science to the mainstream through the BBC children’s show “It’ll Never Work”. Since then she’s presented from places as diverse as Buckingham Palace, the top of a volcano in Japan and from a fishing boat in a force 8 gale (whilst doing her own sound recording, as the sound man was out of action below decks).
She’s coming to Technoport 2015 to talk about her newest project, Lunar Mission One, where she works as a Director.
If you haven’t heard about Lunar Mission One, prepare yourself to hear about one of the most inspiring open research projects we’ve heard about in a long time. An exploratory robotic mission, it will use innovative drilling technology to deliver extraordinary new insights into the origins of the Moon and the Earth.
Lunar Mission One will also be a driver for learning more about our own planet and its history. The project will help fund an open digital record of life on Earth – of human history and civilisation, and a scientific description of the biosphere with a database of species. Publically owned and accessible to all, the Public Archive is a hugely ambitious plan that could only be resourced by a project of this scale.
Angela explains what the exploration aspect of the mission is all about:
“Despite being categorised as a space mission, it’s really an incredibly wide project. We need engineering technologies, not just space technology but things like drilling. We need analytics similar to what happened with theRosetta project but instead of a comet we’ll be doing it on the moon. We’re even seeking new digital storage technology, with the capability to last a billion years. With technologies changing so fast, that’s not straightforward.”
“We’ll be storing two types of time capsule. One is an archive of life on earth, species, technology, culture and so on, with the help of partners such as big museums. Also, anyone can buy a digital memory box and decide what to send to the moon. Some people will send their family tree, some people will write a day in their life, keen photographers will store their photos in it, schools around the world will collaborate, and someone is even sending their top secret chocolate cake recipe!”
Public money for these types of projects has been limited, so Angela and her team have turned to a subject close to Technoport’s heart: crowdfunding.
“Originally, we planned for space agency funding, a small amount of Government seed funding and other traditional space funding routes. As budgets got slashed, things weren’t moving forward so we had no other option. The nature of the project was always to be global collaboration to produce the most interactive space project in history. If it was traditionally funded, people would watch it with interest, but they wouldn’t any ownership. By crowdfunding, people all around the world can buy into the project, feel part of it and stay a part of it forever.”
“By choosing the unconvential route of crowdfunding, we are actually better able to meet our original objectives.”
Angela will tell the Lunar Mission One story, focusing on the crowdfunding process and lessons learned during the project to date. Join us in Trondheim, Norway, on 18 & 19 March.