John Lee and his Leeward Space Foundation is a sponsor of the Pearson Prize – a prize awarded by the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) each year for the best paper on the yearly ISEC theme submitted by an undergraduate student. We at ISEC are very grateful for John’s generosity and continuing support of all-things Space Elevator and I thought that it would be a good time to inform my readers about the many activities at Leeward.
The goals of the Leeward Space Foundation (LSF) are very straightforward; “…100% of all contributions are used to a) to develop the Space Elevator concept or any other technology that will offer the opportunity for an affordable access to space b) to develop local chapters of Leeward to be known as ‘Space Is The Answer’ chapters.”
Some of LSF’s current activities include:
A local chapter and scholarship plan – the idea here is to encourage the creation of local LSF chapters to “…support the mission of Leeward Space Foundation by promoting the idea that the development of space and space resources can provide many, if not all the answers to Humanity’s most pressing concerns…” and to “…help Leeward develop a Scholarship program for High School Seniors or equivalent and a separate scholarship for college level.” This is a very worthwhile goal – more details about the local chapter and scholarship plan can be found here.
Fundraising by giving donors a chance to win a Space Elevator poster autographed by Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson. You can donate for a chance to win here.
Fundraising by allowing you to purchase limited-edition pieces of some very cool items cast in silver and bronze. You can find the details of this artwork here.
And finally, you can painlessly donate to LSF by getting a no-annual-fee Capital One Credit Card. The first time you use this card, LSF receives $50! Each time you use it after that, a percentage of the amount charged is donated to the Leeward Space Foundation. I have my LSF Credit Card and use it all the time now. Details on how you can apply for this card are here.
Please help the Leeward Space Foundation by participating in one or more of their activities. They are a true friend of the Space Elevator, a direct contributor to ISEC and the yearly Space Elevator Conference and they deserve our support.
Thank you John!