Economically viable lunar development and settlement

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Abstract

It is generally accepted that continued and large-scale exploration and development of the Moon will depend more on the private sector than on governments. There are two reasons for this. The first is that governments do not have excess funds. Instead, cutting budgets and downsizing are the primary concerns. The second and more important reason is that there is little public support for Space in general. While most people, including even a few elected officials, understand the importance of national Space efforts, national spans of attention tend to be short. Therefore, since Space requires a long time-frame, it cannot retain the attention of citizen or government, and has a difficult time attracting investor financing. A new paradigm is needed for the further development of Space, in general, and the Moon, in particular. This essay proposes such a framework in general terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-324
Number of pages2
JournalJBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Volume50
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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