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DevelopSpace is starting a Mars Surface Systems Development project as a follow-on to the MinMars project, and is both holding meetings in the Los Angeles-area and enabling remote participation. Email us if you'd like to get involved.

What is DevelopSpace?

The goal of DevelopSpace is to build-up the technical foundations for human space activities. DevelopSpace will engage in scientific and educational endeavors with a focus on open sharing of relevant technical resources and fostering related technical activities and innovations. DevelopSpace will enable a wide variety of individuals and groups to participate in the exploration, development, and utilization of space. You can learn more about DevelopSpace at our About Us page.

This website is dedicated to both advancing the DevelopSpace concept, a general reference for the technical space community, and as a hosting platform for space related technical projects. The content on this site is intended to grow over time. All interested individuals are invited to participate and contribute. Please add relevant items and help in expanding the information available here. You can modify a page by clicking the "edit" button at the top.

Selected publications featuring DevelopSpace include:

DevelopSpace Initiative, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation. Donations are tax deductible in the United States, and can be made online via PayPal. For more information on how you can support DevelopSpace, please contact us at

Featured DevelopSpace Project

A Minimalist Human Mission to Mars

This project aims to design a near-term feasible human Mars mission based on the concept of sending humans one way to Mars. This approach has a number of advantages compared to the tradition "there-and-back" exploration approach that all previous human space missions have followed, particularly with regard to the mass requirements of the mission. The humans on Mars would be re-supplied periodically and would have the tools and infrastructure for a mostly self-sustained existence. An emergency return capability based on the direct return approach could be provided to mitigate the effects of catastrophic equipment failure on Mars; it is one of the goals of the project to determine the cost of providing such a return capability. This initial Mars outpost (Mars "toehold") could also be the nucleus of an initial Mars colony, growing over time through dispatching additional crew and infrastructure to the outpost.

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The Space Exploration Reference Library

Our Reference Library catalogs a variety of technical information of interest to those developing space-related systems. The library is maintained by volunteer contributors and emphasizes freely available technical references. Please make use of and expand this resource for the overall space development community.

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Hosting your project on DevelopSpace...

DevelopSpace provides free hosting services for projects advancing the technical foundations for human space activities. A listing of currently hosted projects is available by clicking clicking here. At present, projects are offered space on this wiki, mailing list hosting, and Subversion version control repository hosting. We intend to expand our offerings over time to assist projects in their success. If you are interested in hosting your project with DevelopSpace or if there are particular services that would be of interest to you, please let us know.

Other areas of DevelopSpace

Open-Source Engineering

Open Source Engineering Tools

Aims to catalog, review, aid in the use of, and encourage the creation and enhancement of open source tools for engineering (with a particular emphasis towards space).

Interesting Links

Links to external sites of interest for the DevelopSpace concept

Improving DevelopSpace Infrastructure

DevelopSpace Information Systems

Effort intended to foster the establishment and support of DevelopSpace's information systems, including project hosting infrastructure.

A List of Site Requests

This is where to discuss features you would like to see included as part of the DevelopSpace platform.

Get Involved!

Interested in helping out? Drop us a line by email and let us know a bit about yourself and how you'd be interested in getting involved. We have a number of opportunities ranging from engaging in our technical projects, to web development and graphics design, to supporting our business activities. We look forward to hearing from you!