If one believed in plans and predictions then we’re almost there. If you don’t then we’re still stuck in the morass of desire without substance. Lately, seems every nation with space capability has the Moon in their target. Major players are vouchsafing the return of humans. But traveling to the Moon is expensive. Are constituents ready to foot the bill? How do you believe they will vote and express their preference when the time comes?
NASA, the traditional space leader, wants a sustained human return to the moon. CNSA is aiming for the ‘dark’ side of the Moon and both lunar poles. Roscomos and ESA bespoke a lunar village. ISRO equally wants to take part. These account for most of humanity as well as for most of the global GDP. The desire seems there. But is there enough momentum to a gateway to the stars?
We at the Lunar Colony Fund agree that a future in space is essential for the survival of people on Earth. Yes, it will be expensive. And yes, it will be costly for many, many years. However, it is the only direction for expansion. Join us and let’s make it happen.
Capitalism emphasizes the economic value of activities. A consumer usually benefits as they can choose and thus influence industry. Which can lead to products better suited to their liking. In the common marketplace, capitalism may be best. But what of the uncommon marketplace? Such as a rocket flight that costs hundreds of millions of dollars? Is capitalism sufficient for this or is there need of another method to lead industry and build infrastructure?
The Chinese seem to be approaching their space business with open arms. They’ve set their upcoming space station as being for all countries of the United Nations. Will this mean that countries will be choosing between the Gaganyaan, Lunar Gateway or Tiangong? Further, will every country need its own geographical positioning system? Is this the sort of competition needed to drive space commerce? Is there enough investment capital for all?
How do you want the future to unfold? Do you want one with several weak attempts at space colonization? Or do you prefer a few strong pathways? Or even one? Join us and let’s find the optimal.
Have you ever wondered what its like being so rich that you can have everything? Well almost anything. Seems accumulating even the largest amount of money of anyone in the world is not enough to let humankind take the next step. Sure it’s a lot; over a hundred billion dollars. But the International Space Station cost more than that. And many, many countries contributed to it. So being singularly rich isn’t enough to get humans living off-world.
Yet we are making progress. Mostly the progress comes from governments spending on research. Research that benefits everyone on Earth. And enables us to travel in space. And industry contributes. Designing and building optimal constructs are their fortés. And this only comes about from you. Yes, your support ensures that politicians continue to fund this progress. With the expectation that the progress makes for a better world for our children.
There are also ways for you to contribute even if your aren’t overly wealthy. You can join our organization, the Lunar Colony Fund. We are non-partisan, non-profit and fully focused on having people live on the surface of the Earth’s Moon. They were there before. Join us and let’s ensure it happens again.
Do the articles about a lunar gateway, trips to the lunar far side and commercialization of space give you hope? We are certainly encouraged when we hear them. Yet, to date, they’ve been mostly promises from politicians. And as the previous 4 to 5 decades have shown, the political support sometimes wavers. We encourage you to keep telling your political representatives that you believe that people should be living on the Moon and that you want your country to support this endeavour.
There’s a Chinese relay station on its way to the L-2 Lagrangian point. This is another calculated step by China who are on their way to placing a lander on the Moon’s far side. This is real progress and it’s a great reason to be optimistic.
We at the Lunar Colony Fund are equally optimistic. The great progress in new launchers and the many assurances that these are to be aimed for the Moon give us hope. But we still see a need for our non-profit organization to establish and manage a colonization plan. Join us and let’s keep this future a strong, near-term possibility.