OMS Mission - New Space, New Earth
Since the launch of the first weather satellite more than 50 years ago, we have become a society that is increasingly reliant on our space-based capabilities. Our achievements and innovations in space have transformed commerce, national security, weather forecasts, understanding of our environment, medicine, personal navigation, communication, and the list goes on. As a result, it is quite evident that success and prosperity in the future will belong to those who are most adept and pioneering, and exploiting all the capabilities that space has to offer in the technological, physical, and human domains.
Traditional human space flight and robotic exploration of the Sun, the Earth, remote planets, and the distant cosmos has historically been achieved through large, complex and costly civilian and military systems. It is an approach that may be referred to as “Old Space,” and in the past, it was quite effective in permitting the development of our present understanding and utilization of space for practical, as well as basic scientific, purposes.
Under the banner of Old Space, humankind has studied our Earth as a system, has developed numerous technologies on which all modern societies depend, and has provided breathtaking views of our universe. But the sad and glaring truth is that Old Space approaches have become too large, too complex, and too costly to be sustainable. The world needs desperately to have “New Space” approaches to address the issues and opportunities facing our very modern Earth.
The time is right for a transformation from Old Space to New Space. Technological, computational, and scientific advances, have changed the game so that exploration of, and from, space is no longer the purview only of large organizations capable of billion-dollar programs; rather it can expand to smaller entities, with the agility to meet new challenges, and develop new capabilities that the more cumbersome historical approaches are not able to produce.
For this reason, Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) is team is working to hasten the arrival of this new era in space. From these programs there will emerge undreamt of solutions and approaches to address the problems of a world needing adequate food, sufficient fresh water, cleaner air, and more productive lives.
A key part of New Space is “disaggregation” of large, cumbersome space missions into smaller elements and carrying out faster (and at lower cost) the requisite space functions upon which everyone in our society depends every day. This entails using small spacecraft and innovative aircraft to address affordably the countless challenges facing humanity. Quite broadly, the full application of New Space principles means that we must have more innovation, more entrepreneurship, more rapid and cost effective development of technology, and greater business acumen.