The Lunar Colony Fund

a place to live, a place to dream

Building a Lunar Colony One Step at a Time

Photo-NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University


Design

The Lunar Colony Fund has a mission. Our goal is to emplace a self-sufficient viable human population on Earth's Moon. This viability must transcend genetic errors, wanton carelessness and asteroid strikes. We believe that to do so we will have to have in place about 5000 people living in a number of disparate locations on the Moon's surface. Recall the the Moon has the surface area equal to about the land area of North and South America combined. That's lots of room. And, we expect there's a good quantity of resources that will be available which will aid a fully self-sufficient existence. Ours is a grand mission and with your help, we can achieve it.

We've reviewed the literature and assessed the state of current technology and funding. We know that we will have to use multiple deliveries to achieve our mission. This is why we are building our lunar colony one delivery or one block at a time. This accommodates the mass-limited Earth-launch capability. It also enables technology refinement during our programme's lifetime. Further, a building block approach allows us to spread our infrastructure investment across a longer timeline thus reducing the need to raise a huge amount immediately. This approach gives us the greatest chance of success.

To establish a viable human habitation, we must emplace adequate infrastructure, add supplies and then add people. We will continue adding supplies and cycling people until the colony is self-sufficient. At that time, deliveries will consist of luxuries and tourists.

LCF Project

Lunar Indeterminate Population

Date Achieved

Power Generation (kW)

Inception

4

2025

100

ROI Demonstrated

20

2030

180

Firm Up

50

2035

330

Mature

100

2040

600

Reliant

200

2045

1100

Growth

500

2050

2600

Nurture

1000

2060

5120

Self-aware

2000

2070

10120

Self-Sufficient

5000

2085

25120



Launch Vehicle

We acknowledge that the main driver for the design of the infrastructure for the lunar colony depends upon the capability of launch platforms. The following gives an idea of just how this limits our options.


Saturn V

Proton

Ariane 5 ES

Falcon Heavy

Zenit

Cost ($M cy)

3000

115

200

85

130

TLI (kg)

48600

5680

10500

13200

4098

Volume (m3)

209





Power (kW)

2





LEO (kg)

118000

23000

21000

53000

13920


It's interesting to note that Saturn V's command module and service module mass was 28,801kg. Can you do better? Try to in the following. Enter values and click on the Update button.

Mass (kg)

Volume (m3)

Power (kW)

Cost ($M cy)



For a cost of $ million you can put into translunar insertion a craft that's about percent of Apollo's capability. In common parlance, this is $ per kilogram. Is this the best you can do?

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