ENABLING SUSTAINABLE LUNAR EXPLORATION 

 

Design cHALLENGE 1

Problem: Lunar Exploration Missions Don't Get Funded

Quotes that stood out..

  • "Space Exploration is something that comes from the heart, it is hard to justify it to decision makers with numbers and ROIs"
  • "And what would be the purpose of all this? For those who have never known the relentless urge to explore and discover, there is no answer. For those who have felt this urge, the answer is self-evident." —Hermann Oberth, Man into Space, 1957
  • "We should recognize that the core desires for spaceflight and space exploration are intrinsic, personal motivations. This places the onus for further spaceflight development and space exploration firmly on those parts of the American citizenry who possess and share these interests. It is— in short— up to those with the resources, will, and capability to explore space to organize themselves and their materials so that they can do so. It is then up to the rest of the population, through the American political process and governmental administration, as well as through voluntary expenditure and contribution, to figure out how much to support these individuals and organizations— whether they are situated within the government or in the private sector— based on the amount of public and private good that is expected to result from their achievements." —MacDonald, Alexander. The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War (pp. 214-215). Yale University Press. Kindle Edition. 
  • "History shows that billionaire interest in space exploration is something that can be cultivated. Hale cultivated Carnegie’s interest, and Goddard and Lindbergh cultivated Guggenheim’s. There is much to learn about the practical techniques of motivating grand new projects of space exploration in the correspondence of the early space entrepreneurs like, with their extensive networks of patrons and friends, and the long list of private-sector projects that have been encouraged in this way suggests that, at least in part, it will be through similar such relationships and efforts that future space exploration projects will emerge. —MacDonald, Alexander. The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War (p. 212). Yale University Press. Kindle Edition. 
  • "Now, I understand that some believe that we should attempt a return to the surface of the Moon first, as previously planned. But I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before. Buzz has been there. There’s a lot more of space to explore" —Barack Obama, 2010
  • "A quote about water or ISRU on the Moon" (check LEAG notes)
  • "Humanity can achieve greatness and the Universe deserves to be explored - UNOOSA Director
  • If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

It would be game changing if..

  • If we could lower the cost under 5 Billion euros
  • If we could market the Moon as a "Water World"
  • If we could tap into "non-governmental" funding (i.e Billionaires, new financial instruments, VCs, the European Investment Fund, Space Commodities Exchange, Port Authority Model, Blockchain etc)
  • If we help decision makers to perceive lunar surface exploration as a tool to explore mankind's potential

 

How Might We..? 

  • How Might We balance the increasing role and initiative of private-sector (American) spaceflight capabilities with the responsibility of government investment to promote the public good? This is the critical question of the international space policy for the early twenty-first century.
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  • Design new metrics for the value of space exploration

 

 

 


Design cHALLENGE 2

PPPs

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Design cHALLENGE 3

 
 

Design cHALLENGE 4

ISRU

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