The Space Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

[ In the ISDC '98 Exhibit Hall ]


The Space Entrepreneur Hall of Fame (SEHOF) is being planned as a Special Exhibit Area at ISDC '98 Milwaukee. Its purpose is to use examples of past and ongoing efforts to stimulate space-interested individuals with entrepreneurial aptitudes to put their talents to work while making a living here and now - in all sorts of ways beyond building microsats and micro-launchers.


Categories of Nominations

(1) Visionaries, who foresaw and identified specific economic opportunities (e.g. Arthur C. Clarke: Communications Satellites in Geosynchronous Orbit)

(2) Trailblazers, who took the first concrete steps in some area, even if these steps did not result in a profit-making enterprise, if their efforts led to successful efforts by others.

(3) Early Barons, who have made real profits from some endeavor, directly or indirectly related to the opening of the space frontier on economic grounds.


Making Nominations to SEHOF

Individuals and Groups are invited to nominate enterprising pioneers (individuals or companies) they consider worth of the Space Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.


Format Requested for Nominations

To submit a Nomination, strict format criteria must be observed - SEHOF contributions need to be durable, lasting well beyond ISDC '98. Storyboards should be on 24"x36" white poster board or thin foam core*. They must be accompanied by a printed paper (in triplicate, with permission to photocopy on request by ISDC attendees) detailing the work of the nominee and include a brief biography (no more than one page), and an abstract of his/her space enterprise related work and its results to date (no more than one page), and an optional more detailed accounting, illustrated where appropriate, (no set length).

All contributed physical materials become the property of the Lunar Reclamation Society, Inc. Copyrights, however, remain with the individual contributor.

*Shipping Option: You need send only ALL materials and captions to be mounted on the storyboard along with a mounting layout or map and a check or money order for $10 to "ISDC 98", attention SEHOF) (italics on) postmarked no later than April 20, 1998 (italics off), and we will purchase the poster board or foam core for you and do the mounting. You need include only one unstapled (use paper clip) copy of the accompanying paper.

One who has pioneered fresh ground in an enterprising attempt, should not be dismissed as unworthy of SEHOF simple because results to date have yet to yield "profits", provided that his or her work lays a foundation upon which others might later succeed. Inquiries about a proposed nominee are welcome.

To avoid duplicate nominations and promote collaboration, we request those wishing to make a particular nomination preregister their effort with SEHOF, c/o ISDC '98 Milwaukee, address below.


The Call for SEHOF Nominations

Requests for Nominations to the Space Entrepreneur Hall of Fame will be mailed to various space organizations known to be concerned with space enterprise and commercialization. It is also posted on our web page. But anyone is welcome to enter a nomination.

Fields of space-relevant effort that tend to be neglected will be suggested. As a community, we tend to wear horse-blinders and not see the relevance of efforts not directly or obviously related to space hardware and systems. Producers of books, software, paintings, murals, models, games, films, and other educational, inspirational, or motivating space-topic items produced for profit should not be overlooked. Caution should be exercised, however, especially relating to fictional materials that do more to misinform the public about the true nature of the space frontier than inform them (e.g. Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc. - in contrast, consider the excellent movie "Plymouth"). The ISDC '98 SEHOF committee may itself make some nominations of entrepreneurs who are overlooked.


ELECTION to the Space Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Attendees at ISDC '98 will have the opportunity to vote for nominees (whose storyboards are on display). This vote will be advisory to the SEHOF Board of Directors (yet to be chosen) who will then vote to accept, decline, or postpone nominations.

It is our hope that we will receive dozens of excellent nominations covering a wide spectrum of areas and that these examples will stir others to emulate those nominated.

We hope that this SEHOF debut will be the nucleus of an ever growing exhibit and a traveling feature available to future ISDCs.

updated Dec. 8, 1997


Post ISDC Note:


For more information, write, call, or email:

Peter Kokh, Chair ISDC '98 Milwaukee
1630 N. 32nd Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53208-2040
(414) 342-0705

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