Gateway Business Plan Video

Gateway Business Plan Video


To build the Gateway Spaceport in
low-earth orbit we first need to first create a rigid
framework, a structure. Before we can build any structure in the space there
must be a financial structure down here to grow from. My name is John Blincow I’m
President of the Gateway Foundation. Today we will discuss our business plan. This year marks the 50th anniversary of
movie 2001 a Space Odyssey. what the movie shows us most prominently are two
key pieces of infrastructure: The first is a rotating spaceport called space
station number five, suggesting that there are at least four more. The second
is a massive moon base at Clavus and we’re hearing conversations amongst the
characters that there are more such bases. These two pivotal depictions of
off-world infrastructure show us a future where humankind has extended its reach
well beyond our atmosphere and not just for a few people but for millions. This
is the future we all want but not one we have pursued. As a young boy in 1968 I thought we would
have all this by now or at least a plan of how to do it, but we don’t so in 2012
I started the Gateway Foundation. In May of 2012 I was looking at an image of a
rotating spaceport I thought why don’t we have these? The answer was one word:
money, infrastructure sized money. So how do we get that infrastructure sized
money? The government won’t do it they have way too many financial problems to
commit to something like this even if they realized how important it was. After
I reviewed the problem I came up with only one option: a lottery. Lotteries
bring in over seventy billion dollars every year in America, 300 billion
dollars worldwide. but where do the proceeds go? Schools, Parks and Wildlife,
state roads, important things. The goal of the Gateway lottery will be 20% of the
world total – sixty billion dollars. We may get more than 20% but we feel that’s a
realistic number. Half of the sixty billion dollars would go towards jackpot
payouts the other half, the proceeds, would go towards building space
infrastructure – a spaceport. By October 2012 I quit my job as a 747 pilot flying
cargo at a Shanghai and devoted all my time towards this project. The Gateway lottery would be a dual
priced lottery that will sell tickets online to any person anywhere around the
world. The lottery would operate just like any of the lottery the big cash
prize and offer about three draws a week. We don’t trust these computer generated
random number lotteries so we would use the big plastic sphere with numbered
ping-pong balls to generate the winning numbers. Millions of people would play
this lottery for the same reason they play lotteries all the time – that jackpot
prize in the window. But along with a traditional cash prize this lottery will
offer a trip prize. This means that people who want a chance to visit this
amazing spaceport could do so for a single lottery ticket. We aren’t the
first people to think of using a lottery for things in space, astronaut Buzz
Aldrin has been pushing the idea of using a lottery to offer trips to space
for over ten years. On November 25th 2012, I went up to
Mojave where I met Jeff Greeson, President of XCore and told him about
our plan to build a spaceport with a lottery, then I told them how every month
four or five people will win the lotteries non jackpot prizes worth
between two hundred thousand and four hundred fifty thousand. When I told him
that, I looked at him and said “that’s a very interesting number isn’t it” and he
said “Yes, that’s a very interesting number.”
Jeff Greeson used to work at Intel and is considered by many as one of the
most intelligent people in the space industry. Jeff saw right away how the
lottery would not just send people to the Gateway spaceport but also help put
thousands of people on suborbital flights. The Gateway Foundation lottery
will provide a steady stream of people every month to suborbital operators by
buying tickets on suborbital trips for non jackpot winners. The Gateway
Lottery will also award trips to non jackpot prize winners in other areas of
the space industry like high-altitude balloon rides parabolic flights and
trips to launches. The Gateway Lottery could also support many other operations
in space travel for instance, you can even have lunar or Martian trip prizes
for higher payouts, all of this in addition to the main area of financial support to
build a spaceport which includes billions of dollars for launch services
Spacecon equipment, training centers for space con workers, and the list goes on
and on.. How many thousands of new jobs would be created from all this funding
is hard to say but the impact will be significant. Once we start this lottery
habitable space will never be small. After the first spaceport is built then
the era of space construction will become huge. Investors will see how SpaceCon can make money and many more will be built without using a lottery, just
like when they spend billions of dollars building cruise ships every year. We believe the hub and the LGA will be
the only large structures built in space using materials from Earth. The MGA, the
larger ring built around the LGA will most likely use structural materials from
the moon and nearby asteroids. This means that building this first
spaceport will foster the formation of yet another important space industry
space mining. Building the Gateway spaceport using a
lottery will help many other industries but what about the people who want to
colonize the Moon or Mars, will building the spaceport help those efforts too? Yes,
more than anything. Remember that video of Peter Diamandis talking about space
access? He talks about how when you get to orbit you have used two-thirds of
your energy just getting to orbit, but then you can go anywhere. With so many
people going to visit the spaceport every year the spacelines that service
it will fight for slots and the ones who can do it cheaper will be the ones who
get more business, so every year the price for the most expensive portion of
going to space will drop. How do I know this? The Los Angeles San
Francisco air corridor is one of the busiest corridors in the world. Because so
many airlines compete for business you get prices that middle-class people can
afford. Once we build a spaceport in low-earth
orbit we will have a base for true spacecraft to take people to other
places much more efficiently. Earth is a powerful gravity wall that has a thick
atmosphere that puts a lot of dynamic pressure on a rocket or a shuttle trying
to achieve orbit. Spacecraft built in orbit to take people to the moon or to
Mars could be built much lighter since they don’t have to pull 5 G’s at lift
off or handle the high vibrations fighting through all that air. The first lottery monies would be to fund
any tools and machines needed to build a spaceport: Bots, pods, and drones, arms and
spacesuits, and of course the GSAL. Also, a large down payment for launches would
go to SpaceX for BFR booster development. Building the Gateway would
be an excellent project for SpaceX to develop its booster because as we’ve
seen in the past many new rockets can face technical challenges. Should a booster fail launching a load of construction materials it’s not a big
loss, you can quickly make more of them. Losing a satellite is far more expensive
with insurance rates going up to cover the value of the loss. “it’s gonna be loud!” Construction materials are far cheaper
and easier to replace but the best thing is that a contract for building a
spaceport would be a steady income for SpaceX. Other investors in BFR would see
the reliable flow of gateway money and invest accordingly. To see such a massive space construction
project going to development would give the whole world more confidence that the
Golden Age of space travel was just around the corner. But the biggest impact
would be giving the most important people in the world a chance to go into
space: the middle-class people who paid for it. Every person launched into orbit so far
has been on a vehicle paid for by the hard-earned wages of taxpaying people
just like you and I, and yet, not only have we never gone up there are no
government plans to take us up. To have invested so much for so many years
without any personal return is not right it’s time to make that space technology
investment pay off. We plan to build this spaceport with you as a tourist we want
to launch. The Gateway LGA a will be able to handle
over 30,000 people a year with ease after initial rotation. But who? Going to
space is expensive. When we learned that a lottery is the best way that we can
finance the construction of this spaceport, we decided to build into it a
way for middle-class people to get there without losing their retirement
fund. The first few years the lottery is running the Trip prize will give out a
free trip about once a week. As the lottery grows in popularity it will
generate more and more revenue allowing us to hire more construction crews and
buy more construction equipment. As we get close to First Spin-up the
number of trip prizes will increase from about one a week to one a day but that’s
still only 365 people a year. The number of trip prizes will significantly
increase as the price of access to space drops more and more. The Gateway lottery is money outside of
government control. This is good. This is important. …”but was once improbable is now
inevitable. The time has come to look beyond brief encounters. We must commit
ourselves anew to a sustained program of manned exploration of the solar system.
And yes the permanent settlement of space. We must commit ourselves to a
future where Americans and citizens of all nations will live and work in space.
NASA programs are started and killed again again. This is because all their
money comes from the government and as administration’s change so too does
their mission. NASA’s money is tied to the US
government, namely the presidency. This is why Wernher von Braun’s excellent plan
of creating infrastructure in low-earth orbit and building our way outward to
the moon was doomed. If it can’t be done in two presidential terms the NASA can’t
do it. Not anything big. Corporate money has strings too. When a corporation spends
money it must make money, or the board will kill it. These people are often just
looking to make more money from the start, and this can create a cycle of
decisions based on short-term benefits while sacrificing long-term goals. The Gateway foundation will become a
corporation, but with a rather unique set of owners.
We call these people the Crew. Apple computers would be out of business
without its clientele which buys its phones and it’s computers, The Gateway
foundation is lottery is the same. The lottery ties the spaceport directly with
the people who fund it. We can’t do this without you. So Warren Buffett’s best
advice ever: “Take care of your customer” is something that’s written on our heart.
And that’s why we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. First of all, I’d like to thank all of
you who have joined our crew membership. Your help is making a big difference, you
have joined an important effort and we are proud to have you with us. Years ago
when the Ansari prize was going on. I was watching on TV with my father he said he
should have gone up to Mojave and offered help their effort. My dad was a
scientist, nuclear physics. His specialty was radiation scintillation. But Dad was
also a builder, a doer. I helped him build a few structures and
it was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about construction basics. when my dad
said he wanted to go up to Mojave and help them it surprised me a little.
I knew he liked supporting efforts to advance space technology but I’d never
heard from the desire to devote his own time. The most important people in the world
to the Gateway foundation are those who have supported this endeavour from the start.
These are the people who have joined our Crew Membership. Every year, Crew Members will be entered into a drawing, and one will be chosen for our free trip to the Gateway.
This is not the gateway lottery trip prize, that’s different. As we get closer
to first rotation, that number will increase from one a year, to ten year, and
then more why? Because when we think of who would want to be at the Gateway with
us we think of our crew. How important are the crew? When we hire we look at the
crew membership first. If they’re competitive for that position they get
first shot at it. Dirt side, or off world. When I work for United Airlines, they did
everything by your seniority number. The date-of-hire determined who got on a jet
going somewhere. Ground staff or pilot it didn’t matter,
your seniority number got you on that jet ahead of everybody else. It’s the
same here. Every Gateway Foundation employee gets a free trip to the
spaceport, once. If they are hired to work at the spaceport that doesn’t count
that’s work. The first thousand people who joined our
crew membership are what we call the 1k. They will be entered into a drawing
every year for chance to visit the Gateway free. Then there is the 10k of
which the 1k are a part of. They too will have a chance for a drawing for a
free trip ticket. So the 1k will actually get two chances, the 1k draw with odds at
a thousand to one, and the 10k draw with odds of 10,000 to 1. As our membership
grows we’ll have a 100k, and a 1M too with the same benefit structure. Someone asked how many Crew
they’re are? Join our crew membership and then you will know. If you don’t like
your senior at a number that’s okay all Crew memberships are 100% refundable. As
the spaceport grows, we will increase the number of free trip drawings across the
board of Crew memberships. Those odds are a lot better than playing the Gateway
Lottery for a trip prize, whose odds are 290 million:1. This free trip
drawing is created to give our Crew members a significantly better chance of
visiting the space port they helped build. As the foundation grows we will
add more drawings for people who are NASA employees, SpaceX, ESA, JAXA, and more.
Anyone who joins our Crew membership and works in the space industry deserves a
chance to visit space. How can we afford to send all these people into space each
year? Because nobody will visit the Gateway Spaceport until it’s operational.
Once the LGA makes First Rotation, the spaceport will start generating revenue,
and it can become cashflow positive. But the Gateway Lottery is still running,
making billions of dollars a year. Construction will still be going on, but
cheaper now that we are good at it and using materials from space not earth. Now
we can use some of the lottery money to pay for trips to the Gateway for trip
prize winners, Crew, employees, and more. Slowly we bump up the capacity from
30,000 a year to 50,000. Then we go up to 70, 80, finally a hundred
thousand people a year, just as the big MGA ring is ready to be added. By
building in sections and increasing capacity as sections are added, we will
see revenues increased as the spaceport grows. As more and more people return
from there visit to the Gateway with good reviews, the lottery will generate even
more revenue. Who will own the Gateway Spaceport? You will, if you’re
one of our Crew. Every corporation has an IPO. The stock is first sold to big
investors who make a ton of money. Not here. Here, the first people to buy
our stock will be our Crew. Crew members will have a chance to buy stock in the
order of their seniority numbers, only after that will the big exchanges get a
chance to sell our stock. The Gateway lotteries income must be
100% transparent 100% of the time. There can never be any doubt where every dime
goes from the time that money comes in until it is spent on materials, launch
costs, administration, or SpaceCon machines. That money will be tracked and
on display for the whole world to see. How do you legally start a lottery? The
Gateway Lottery could be set up in any state that has the initiative
process for legal change. Currently there are 24 states that have the initiative
process and we would target those states that support this idea the most. Leading
contenders are California, New Mexico, and Washington.
The Gateway Lottery could also start outside of the United States in nations
that are quick to see the huge benefits of hosting this important project first. When you learn how to build large
structures in space what do you do with that knowledge? You pass it on. As we
learn how to build, fabricate, and use many different machines and tools and
spacecraft we will need thousands of people to be trained how to use that
knowledge to create more infrastructure and build large vehicles to populate our
solar system. At first this knowledge will be disseminated to universities
around the world, but eventually an academy will be need to be built, where
young people can attend at no cost to themselves so long as they work
operating spaceports spacecraft or building things in space for an agreed
period of time. We have lotteries all over the world, why
not have one more that will build a spaceport and bring millions of middle
class people into space. Nobody plays a lottery that does not want to. Each of us
decides when we want to or how much. It’s all your choice. But if we don’t have
this lottery then you don’t have this choice,
and we won’t have a spaceport for a long long time. But the choice is yours to
make, so I know that you will make the right choice. Crowdfunding as we know it
today did not exist more than 20 years ago. In 2015 it brought in $34 billion
dollars. We must be open-minded about new ways to raise large amounts of capital.
NASA director Wayne Hale said this at the Von Braun’s Symposium in 2015. Quote:
“Two years ago I told you a historic tale about the building of the
Transcontinental Railroad how that was a great technical engineering feat but the
really impressive part was the creative financing and the organization that made
it successful.” He goes on to say: “Two years ago I told you that we need to
learn from that example, how to be creative, innovative, flexible, and
hardworking, not just technically but financially and organizationally as well. So, let’s tally up everything that we
would get from the gateway lottery: This lottery would not just build a spaceport,
it would support many other industries like launch services, space lines,
space mining, even suborbital operations like parabolic flights, and high-altitude
balloon flights. It will be instrumental in the formation of a large space
construction industry: building tools and machines like pods, bots, drones, and frame
building machines. It will also build an academy for people to have careers
working off world, and it will subsidize the free trips for thousands of people
who support this program as it grows. Most of all it will bring together
millions of people from all around the world who believe the humankind’s future
should not be confined to one planet. Space as an investment is likely to
impact a number of industries: Morgan Stanley estimates that the revenue
generated by the global space industry will increased at one point one trillion
dollars or more in 2040 from 350 billion dollars in 2016.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch sees the size of the space industry growing over
the next three decades to at least 2.7 trillion dollars. They’re
both wrong. If we start the gateway lottery then the Gateway spaceport will
be built. Once we build the first space port many more will follow. We are now
talking about tens of trillions of dollars by 2040 why? Because what we’re
really talking about is real estate, and there’s a lot more of it up there than
there is down here. Not just on planets and moons, but rotating spaceports and
cylinders in orbit that are protected by the Earth’s magnetosphere just as we are
down here. There’s a lot of room up there. Let’s develop that real estate. Let’s
start building space ports. Forming a space construction industry,
building space ports and other infrastructure in space. This is where it
starts. For the first time in history we have a choice. We can start this lottery
and create a space construction industry, or we can continue to leave the decisions
about our future in space to people who have other priorities. It’s now our
choice, because it’s our money. Every structure on earth has a
foundation. The Gateway spaceport will have one too. We cannot build this
structure without you. You are our foundation, you are the Gateway
Foundation. This show is not made for entertainment
purposes, this is a plan to build the first rotating spaceport by developing
the proper tools and forming a space construction industry. If you’d like to
help this important project, please go to the Gateway Foundation website and join
our crew membership. it’s important. Also don’t forget to select the red subscribe
button down below. Our next episode will focus on our proposal for the first
commercial space construction project in history: The Von Braun project. So long,
and see you next time.

68 comments

  1. What is the plan for adding the MGA as the station would be spinning at that point. Would it be close while it was add or just have a reduse capacity till it is installed as the parts are delivered in a dock or two?

  2. Well since Mr. Blincow forgot to put it into the video here some Gateway Comunity links.
    Discord: https://discord.gg/jhSVpdP
    Sub-Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/GatewayFoundation/

    I hope to meet you there soon.

  3. I saw you first at Isaac Arthur's channel a while ago, and I was definitely intrigued. Now that I see that there's an option to split the lifetime crew into 10 monthly payments, it was a lot easier for me to go for it.
    Maybe if you mention that you have a monthly option for the lifetime crew on the /the-foundation/membership/ page, it won't seem as daunting, and more people might be willing to go for it?

  4. Love the videos and love the ideas and the excitement. Quick question though, you talk about how SpaceX and the BFR would be a good fit for the future possibilities. Have any discussions with SpaceX and Gwen Shotwell been pursued or occurred? I'd love to hear their take on your ideas and ambitions.

  5. Ok, no doubt, for the future of spacetravel, we need spaceports in LEO.

    A big challange that i can see is to get people to participate in the lottery, while this spaceport isn't yet built. Because average people, who participate in lotterys mostly think short term and want to win and go on THE TRIP right away, that's what excites people. But if you instead of winning the trip just win THE PROMISE to eventually get the trip…. in a couple years, and only if the project succeeds, i can see much fewer people buy in to this.

    If there is some company, that already offers trips to a small space hotel, by the time you start the lottery, you could partner up with them and give away trips to theyr hotel in your lottery, until the first part of your spaceport is constructed, so, people can actually seeon real examples, what it would feel like to win and get excited.

    And what about the metal particles, that fall off during the welding process and cause space debris?

    Wish you good luck for your project. I hope this spaceport gets real, would be awesome.

  6. I have just paid my crew membership (hey I believe the goal is important & this is me trying to help) and the Checkout summary contained these 2 lines , "Order Number 1358" & "Seniority Number: 2" …. so does this mean I am outside the first 1000 but in the first 10000, …. or I'm in the first 10 !!! ?

  7. Is there any common forum where this concept is routinely being discussed? Discord? Reddit? A private forum?

  8. get the govt to sponsor that lottery! p.s hook some of us first believers up with a free flight or maybe a job?

  9. "Middle class people"

    Nothing is too good for the working class. SEIZE THE MEANS FOR FULLY AUTOMATED SPACE COMMUNISM

  10. The expected revenue from the lottery is quite over the top, as no single lottery company has been able to capture 10% of the market.

    On the other hand, good call on the high return in cash prizes, which will draw more people than the space related prizes. And an even better call to offer suborbital tickets, with Blue Origin, and eventually Virgin Galactic, starting in the next few years. Don't hesitate to purchase orbital hops (BFR) and trips to other, smaller, zero g stations as they become available. The chance to win a prize available now is much more convincing than winning something now and having to wait for years to claim your prize. The actual gateway station is so much bigger than anything we've ever done in space, it will take many years to develop all the technology required to build it. But in the meantime, proving that orbital infrastructure is commercially viable, will draw many more investors to your cause.

  11. you should add market of tickets. if someone wins and do not wishes to go in space to be able to sell the ticket.

  12. This is a lottery I can get behind, count me in. Also, seeing as a lot of us heard of you via Isaac Arthur's channel, I think that you two could have a pretty interesting conversation on the future of humanity as each one sees it. Also, if you really want to get word of this lottery out there, try to get some interviews on some larger news networks, so you can explain this to a much wider audience.

  13. Great project guys I'm seriously thinking about becoming a member! How long do you think it could take to see this dream realised?

  14. I don't remember you mentioning the Lunar-G pools in the space hotel. There's an XKCD comic about the topic you might find interesting.

  15. The Gateway Foundation is planning to do what Isaac speaks!
    See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlL8r5avzFM

    (Of course I joined the crew before posting this:)

  16. The challenge still remains: What are the first industries that will invest in space manufacturing. The long term future is apparent, but not the sustainable short term. While creative, a lottery is an entirely tangential value proposition which makes even more evident the challenges of identifying positive ROI space-based projects.

  17. I wonder if anybody figured out how to make an atmosphere for the eventual Dyson swarm (nitrogen is the hard part).

  18. Have you considered establishing a mining and manufacturing facility on Luna, to bootstrap the construction of the Gateway?

  19. Loving this concept. I hope the Big Business Boyz share this enthusiasm too, to give it a good financial injection. I can see the potential for tones of business opportunities. Would there be shops, bars and spa’s etc? Maybe even a theatre! (Cats in space! Staring Mr McGravity!! 😂)
    Also what about engines? (for re-orbit boosts or whatever they’re called.🧐🙃) ISS has to have one every year I think to stay up there. Might even be a couple.
    I’ll be keeping a close eye on this channel. 👍
    Good luck Guys’n’Galls at The Gateway. I’ll be rooting for ya’s. Lol👍👍👍

  20. on your site https://gatewayspaceport.com/basic-membership/ i got this error -There was an error trying to send your message. Please try again later.

  21. Just found you guys on TMRO. Glad to find your channel. Question: What are the space planes in your latest animation modeled on? If not generic? Anyway, great concept, and subscribed.

  22. Officially Crew Member number 333. Let's get this thing off the ground! (literally). I can't support you enough. This needs to happen. By the way – I think you absolutely need a contemporary archaeologist to run a Museum of Human Spaceflight on the Gateway and I would like to be the first to put my hand up for the job.

  23. I will buy tickets as soon as the lottery is created..however rockets-1940s technology.. should not be needed when the military industrial complex has electrogravitic propulsion and has had it since about 1956..let us have disclosure NOW!

  24. This is too huge to start off with…This is like a 5star hotel with theme parks and golf courts….These billionaires need to start off smaller…putting a motel in space.

  25. not sure how i like gambling to be what pays for this, but i dont see anything else that can get you the needed money

  26. 1) what propulsion system will be used to keep it in orbit if it’s close to the orbital distance as the ISS?

    2) Or will it be further out to avoid the particles that will slow it down?

    3) If so, what are the plans to keep the crew and passengers safe from radiation?

    4) I think the demonstration of the people exiting the space planes is all wrong. They wouldn’t be walking up right that way, they would be falling towards the outer ring. You should have them climbing down a tunnel from the plane.

  27. There should be 3 options for lottery results. One strictly cash. One with a cash/trip combo. And a third with an 'extended' stay trip (double time on station) with a small/modest monetary payout.

  28. Why havent we seen any new updates in the past few months? Can you guys share with us what you have been doing so far and what have you planned ahead? You mentioned in your most recent interview with tmro that your main focus right now is orbital assembly – any progress on that?

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