Executive Summary

The New Frontier Playbook attempts to bridge the gap between advocates of a bold future in space who dream of the space frontier and the reality today that public budgets are anemic and stagnant for space exploration. You don’t have to be a billionaire to dream big.

Founding Principles:

This essay is based on a few simple principles.

  • It’s a beta/draft. It is not perfect and you will find mistakes.  Feedback is welcome.  Send it.
  • If it’s possible, then it’s probable. The goal is to move from low probability to high.
  • Paradoxically, it may be easier to increase NASA funding by 10x than 2x.
  • There is no such thing in politics as a safe seat, just a lack of alternatives.
  • The future is a jump ball. It’s up for grabs every day.
  • The American Dream is worth fighting for.
  • Go big or go home.

The Promise:

In the New Frontier Playbook, I’ve advocated a bold future in space and backed it with a specific roadmap for getting there.  I stand by my words.  I believe ideas are powerful and this future is possible.  If you agree, then our job is simple:  To move the possible to probable.  Let’s try to make it so.

Scott Phillips



Other works by the author include:


The Prague Deception (2011)


University of America:  A Non-Linear Blueprint for Higher Education in the 21st Century (2014)

The Moral Case on Outsourcing:  How Good, Bad, or Ugly is it for America and the World? (2012)