Space Exploration Initiative

The public grand opening of Space draws near. Much as biology has witnessed an explosion of DIY bio-hacking in recent years, the dropping costs of space launches and cubesats enable a new mode of engagement in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond. What was once an exclusive, expensive and narrowly serious pursuit begins to thaw. With the dawn of “New Space,” a burgeoning group of private, commercial space companies excites a new philosophy of involvement with space technology.

Space will be hackable. Space will be playful.

Space will be accessible to the space enthusiast—through the reach of their DIY instruments, experiments, sensors and satellites, and eventually through space tourism. This opportunity to design our interplanetary lives beckons to us. Our mission is to design a life worth living up there.

We aim to drive innovation at the frontiers of space exploration, from the holy grail of “life in space” to widespread societal involvement in “open space.” Humanity stands on the cusp of interplanetary civilization and space is our next, grand frontier.

While many organizations already tackle, quite effectively, the en… View full description

The public grand opening of Space draws near. Much as biology has witnessed an explosion of DIY bio-hacking in recent years, the dropping costs of space launches and cubesats enable a new mode of engagement in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and beyond. What was once an exclusive, expensive and narrowly serious pursuit begins to thaw. With the dawn of “New Space,” a burgeoning group of private, commercial space companies excites a new philosophy of involvement with space technology.

Space will be hackable. Space will be playful.

Space will be accessible to the space enthusiast—through the reach of their DIY instruments, experiments, sensors and satellites, and eventually through space tourism. This opportunity to design our interplanetary lives beckons to us. Our mission is to design a life worth living up there.

We aim to drive innovation at the frontiers of space exploration, from the holy grail of “life in space” to widespread societal involvement in “open space.” Humanity stands on the cusp of interplanetary civilization and space is our next, grand frontier.

While many organizations already tackle, quite effectively, the engineering and scientific challenges, the Media Lab is distinct in its freedom to imagine bold visions that venture beyond the rational constraints of most academic grants. We'll prototype provocative space architectures, new communication networks, and astro-bacteria wearables. We'll open-source payload designs and repurpose existing satellites—and deploy! Our collective creativity strives to bring science fiction to life. Space may not be our final frontier, but should be our next.