Yes, there are many problems that need to be addressed here on Earth.
However, focusing on space and science in general already allows us to have a positive impact,
as pretty much all space technology in some way or another improves the lives of real people at home.
We have the Sentinel satellites watching over us, helping respond to natural disasters more quickly
and efficiently; we have the GPS satellite network enabling people to now get lost while staring at
their smartphones rather than getting lost while staring at paper maps; we have solar panels on
roofs, creating clean energy based on inventions originally made with space in mind; the list is endless.
Of course, not every problem will be miraculously fixed by science - but if we are only looking at ourselves
and trying to improve ourselves, we will never get “out there.”
There will always be some inequality to fix somewhere, some problem to overcome at home,
some reason to keep us from adventuring out to the stars.
It seems that a balance needs to be found - a balance between boldly going forward and still
focusing efforts on improving the conditions for all humans on this, our home planet.
Trying to somewhat achieve this balance, we therefore are taking the
Giving What We Can
and are encouraging everyone else to do it too. We, as a company, will now and forever donate
at least 10 percent of our net profit (say, yearly) to causes that have proven the most impactful in actually
helping people out.