Projects Overview

SpaceGAMBIT is a DARPA-funded program to enhance humanity’s survivability and sustainability in space. Our goal is to help build humanity into a spacefaring civilization by leveraging the power of the maker movement. To do that, we fund projects at community spaces around the world that are relevant to our mission.

Project Criteria

All the projects we fund must meet the following conditions:

  • Community Space: All projects must be coordinated through a collaborative community space such as a hackerspace, makerspace, FabLab, etc.
  • Accounting: All money needs to be accounted for with standard accounting practices, and digital reports submitted
  • Budget: Up to $20,000.
  • Timeframe: 3-4 months from funding to completion, including documentation and reporting.
  • Documented Open Tech: All projects must be open source, open hardware and open documentation.
  • Innovative: Projects must be innovative and evolutionary. No stunts.

Year One Projects

In 2013 we released our Open Call For Projects, which requested focus on three areas:

  • Education: Educating makers and general public in maker and space-related technologies, programs promoting space and community spaces; Curating maker education resources; Reproducible workshops and classes; Generally building the educational infrastructure spaces needed.
  • Habitats: Developing design and field experience with tools and technologies to help humanity survive here and away from earth; Low cost, reliable and environmentally sustainable sustenance, shelters, (semi) closed systems, etc. Projects with a humanitarian focus health and hygiene solutions for rural communities and disaster-stricken areas will also be considered.
  • Near Earth Exploration: Sub/Low orbital, Nano/Micro-satellite development, testing, training and support. in-situ resource experiments and technology development.

We selected 10 projects from about 50 submissions. The announcement was made in a press release on June 22, 2013.

Year Two Projects

In early 2014 SpaceGAMBIT signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to cooperate on their Asteroid Grand Challenge. Our year two Call for Projects reflected this, emphasising easier detection and analysis of asteroids by citizen scientists, and enhanced education and outreach to explain the threat and potential of asteroids. Our panel of judges selected a range of projects related to the Asteroid Grand Challenge.