“…the early settlers in space will be exciting people: restless, inquiring, independent; …more hard-driving and possessed by more “creative discontent” than their kin in the Old World.”

– Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill

“The dream of yesterday is the hope
of today and the reality of tomorrow”

– Robert Goddard

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity,
but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”

– Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

About Us

Our Vision

A future of unlimited possibility and abundance symbolized by expanding communities growing throughout the Solar System, created by the human imagination, powered by the resources of space and made real using principles of democratic free enterprise.

Our Goal

The development of all the science, systems, tools, technologies, methods and knowledge needed to build self – sustaining and prosperous human communities beyond the Earth – even as we apply those tools and knowledge to save the Earth.

Our Mission

To identify, catalyze and communicate those tipping point decisions, actions, technologies, systems, ideas and breakthroughs that cause the opening of the High Frontier as quickly as possible,


To democratize this new Frontier by identifying, catalyzing, developing and supporting those ideas, people and projects that enable and accelerate the development of prosperous and free human communities and economies beyond the Earth.

Why New Worlds?

There’s a lot of talk and pretty pictures out there about our future in space. For us that’s not good enough. The Members and Associates of the New Worlds Institute are dedicated to opening the High Frontier in our lifetime. We are all kinds of people from all around this world who are working to open the next – no matter where they may be. From major scientists and students to engineers and entrepreneurs we are rolling up our sleeves to blaze and pave the critical path of technologies, systems and ideas that will enable people to live and work in space.

What can you do?

You are invited to Join Us. We believe everyone has something to offer to this work. The first step is to become a Donor. Your contribution will enable us to fund people and teams working on real projects that are important to human space settlement. If you want to get more involved become a Member. Even at this basic level you can help us through your dues and volunteer to be a part of our team. If you want to get even more involved, join us as an Associate or Senior Associate. At this level you will be part of the elite group of Doers who are rolling up their sleeves and putting together the framework for the human settlement of space.If you are a degreed expert, corporate or government professional or entrepreneur in a frontier related field, you can apply to become a Fellow or Senior Fellow. Fellows provide the leadership for our work, and this prestigious role means you will be asked to weigh in on plans, policies and proposed projects and programs for the Institute’s future.


Our Projects

The Space Development Matrix

A punch list for extending the life of Earth. A virtual platform providing a view from 50,000 feet above and tools to bring together scientists and engineers for interdisciplinary collaboration on the steps and building blocks needed. The SDM is the guiding structure, central repository, center-of-mass, and collaborative nexus dedicated to enable space settlement.

EarthSavers of Space

What can we do in or from space that both helps establish humanity beyond the Earth while protecting our precious MotherWorld?

NWI curates ideas, encourages projects and calls for realistic solutions and actions that can have great impact on the need to save the planet, and in some cases protect us from the wrong kind of impact.

Space Law and Policy

An Open Frontier in space doesn’t mean anarchy. The right laws and polices can accelerate or inhibit our goals. Also, establishing cultural norms and modes of behaviour will help us avoid making the mistakes of the past in our future. It’s also time to begin planning the forms of governance that will best support the establishment of the first communities beyond Earth

The Infinite Canvas

Space is an infinite canvas, on which we shall all paint our own futures.” Science and technology are critical to opening space, but we are human, and the humanities are just as important. Be it art, design, music, or the social interactions and psychology of people, we recognize opening the High Frontier is an opportunity to also open our minds and imaginations.

Our Events


Join us for our unique, informative and sometimes controversial discussions of the topics that matter when it comes to opening the Frontier.

New Worlds 2021

The New Worlds Innovation and Enterprise conferences are the gathering place for the new pioneers of space.

We will be announcing a date and location soon. Get on our mailing list to be the first to know!

Space Cowboy Ball 2021

The coolest space event of the fall, the SCB is a charity fundraiser, dance party and concert. Be part of the action as we recognize the heroes of space from Buzz Aldrin to Jeff Bezos, to honour the best in science fiction film and media and to dance.

Local Meetings

We encourage anyone willing to take it on to set up regular gatherings in your town. Be it over beers or for now over Zoom.

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