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The Dionysus Program, 5 May 2020

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Good afternoon,


1. I hope that this message finds you well. I am interested in submitting my candidacy for the United States Senate in order to advocate for a solution to solve the global carbon-based energy resource crisis which was originally proposed by Doctor Buzz Aldrin. 2. Below I have linked a .pdf which outlines the concept for your review and, additionally, if interested, I have included a summarized explanation of this project as described with an Oxford University Press article titled, The Moral Obligation to Future Generations: 3. This raises an even more interesting question: Could we have moral obligations toward future people—toward those who have not yet come into existence? This question may be more important today than ever. As the world’s population grows past the present 6.5 billion, it looks like we may soon run out of the resources needed to sustain so many people. Do we have a moral duty to limit our use of resources for the sake of future generations? Most scientists agree that our present dependency upon fossil fuels is warming the globe by as much as 4° F per century. 4. That may not seem like much, but the polar ice caps and glaciers around the world are already melting, and the global sea level appears to be rising at an alarming rate. 5. If these trends continue, the world’s low-lying regions [to include New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami] will ultimately be flooded over, tropical diseases will spread into today’s temperate zones, and extensive droughts will curtail world food production. Meanwhile, today’s industries are generating additional tons of pollutants that future generations will have to deal with. Although these trends may not have a very great impact upon us, they are likely to have drastic effects upon people living just a couple of generations after us. Since we have some ability to alter or at least slow these trends, do we not have a moral obligation to act today for the sake of our future descendants? 6. Here is another striking illustration: First, let us suppose that terrorists manage to launch a nuclear missile that kills millions of people in some country. By any defensible moral standard, the terrorists have wronged those innocent millions by failing in their moral obligation to bring no harm upon them. In this case, of course, both the terrorists and those they have obligations toward are contemporaries. But let’s now make one small change to the story. This time the terrorists launch a nuclear missile that is set to remain in orbit for two centuries; only then does it fall upon the country and kill the country’s citizens. As in the former case, this must surely also be an infringement of these future victims’ right to life. The fact that the missile hits its target two centuries after it was launched is morally irrelevant. Surely the terrorists have as much of an obligation not to harm people living two centuries later as they have not to harm people living today. 7. Being like us, future actual people will also have important personal interests—including interests that we have the power to affect by our choices. For example, if we continue our extravagant consumption of fossil fuels, these future people will face flooding in coastal areas, the spread of tropical diseases, and killing droughts. Many of their most important interests—including their health and survival—will be affected by our choices. Does this not this confer upon us some sort of moral obligation not to act in ways that will harm these people’s interests?" - Oxford University Press, "The Moral Obligation to Future Generations" 8. A potential solution to avert the climate crisis is related to the deployment of a space elevator on 13 April 2029 which may reduce launch costs from the current figure of approximately $4,000 per kilogram to $100 per kilogram. This capability will present an opportunity to 1) to furnish economical access to non-carbon-based fuel sources on the moon such as the isotope Helium-Three, which is valued at 3 billion dollars per ton, for use in clean nuclear fusion reactors; and 2) to peacefully unify the international community in a common cause such that we may refocus our energies on the true enemies of mankind as stated by President John F. Kennedy during his 1961 inaugural address: “tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.” 9. I humbly submit that the global community stands at a technological precipice wherein we are once again able heal the divisions which exist across our society as we once did in the 1960s through the Apollo program. My vision for the future of sustainable energy mined in space is encapsulated within a project that I have termed "The Dionysus Program," which is so named after Friedrich Nietzsche’s interpretation of classical Greek mythology: the God Dionysus stands as a representation of passionate striving against Apollo, the God of order and reason. 10. Additionally, if interested, please see a video outlining the U.S. Air Force Academy satellite program that I was involved with during my undergraduate studies, and an excerpt from the film ‘The Right Stuff’ regarding the challenges that are inherent in utilizing rockets to reach space (as opposed to using a space elevator) which occurred during the 1960s Mercury Program at the web links below: 11. United States Air Force Academy Falcon Satellite Program, February 2015:

12. Mercury, Jupiter, and Redstone Rocket Test Failures from the film 'The Right Stuff;'


 


13. The 100-page .pdf document attached below contains a proposal for the NASA Human Exploration Directorate and outlines economic strategies for commercial tourism and resource development on celestial bodies such as the moon and Mars prior to the year 2035 via the deployment of a novel Earth-to-orbit delivery system.

14. On 13 April 2029 an international consortium may launch several spacecraft to ‘capture’ an asteroid, 99942 Apophis, which will closely approach the Earth at an altitude of 37,724 kilometers that date, in order to raise a space elevator.


15. This capability will represent an 'electric train to earth orbit’ which will facilitate fiduciary opportunities for both resource utilization and tourism in space.


16. For reference, the basis for this space mission architecture was approved for presentation by the United States Air Force Academy at the 13th International Conference on Space Operations on 5 May 2014 in Pasadena, California.


17. In any event, thank you for your time in reading this message and I am fortunate for the opportunity to submit this concept for your review.


18. If you have any questions regarding the documentation that I have provided please contact me via email at Winston.Sanks@mail.analytics.hbs.edu or by phone at (954)-249-6021.

19. Likewise, if interested, I have included a two-minute video below which outlines ‘The Dionysus Program’ proposal in greater detail. In either event, as before I hope that this message has found you well and please have a good day.


Sincerely,


WINSTON A. SANKS


“Praiseworthy is whatever seems difficult to a people; whatever is indispensable and difficult is called good; and the rarest... the most difficult, that they call überwindung [holy].”

- Friedrich Nietzsche, “Chapter of the Thousand and one Goals”


The Dionysus Program Proposal .pdf, 5 May 2020:










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