Need to Change DARPA, NSF, NASA, AFRL, NRL Funding Criteria

Over the last 12-years while conducting my research into the feasibility of gravity modification & interstellar travel, I came to realize that non of our major funding agencies, DARPA, NSF, NASA, AFRL, NRL, have a category in their BAAs for pioneering research into gravity modification or interstellar travel.

The Queen of Spain funded Christopher Columbus’s exploration of whatever could be discovered on the other side of the Atlantic. Imagine if the Queen of Spain had not done that?

Yes, search the web and you will find a lot of talk about advancing technologies but that specific technology required for interstellar travel is impossible, and in one reference someone actually said that it will become a reality between the year 2300 and 3000. Really? Have we no imagination?

I’m not sure what to make of these types of comments. Have we as a nation forgotten how to be innovative?

Has innovation come to mean doing the same things over and over again but on a bigger,  grander scale?

Or does innovation mean finding new ways to solve old problems?

Or does innovation mean finding new problems to solve?

Or does innovation mean not accepting the status quo pat answer?

Imagine if Edison had believed that the electric light bulb could only be invented in the year 3000? Or if the Wright brothers had believed that mechanical manned flight could only be possible in the year 3000? Where would we be today?

Coming back to the original premise of this posting, as a nation we cannot make the type of progress needed to facilitate interstellar travel if our leading funding authorities (DARPA, NSF, NASA, AFRL & NRL) do not recognize the need to sheperd such discoveries.

As the author of the 12-year study into gravity modification, I respectfully ask DARPA, NSF, NASA, AFRL & NRL to include a category for gravity modification and interstellar travel.


Benjamin T Solomon is the author & principal investigator of the 12-year study into the theoretical & technological feasibility of gravitation modification, titled An Introduction to Gravity Modification, to achieve interstellar travel in our lifetimes. For more information visit iSETI LLC, Interstellar Space Exploration Technology Initiative.


About Benjamin Solomon
Ben Solomon is a Committee Member of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), and author of An Introduction to Gravity Modification and Super Physics for Super Technologies: Replacing Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger & Einstein (with Kindle Version)

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