Flying to the Moon won’t be cheap. And bringing all your accommodations and vittles with you adds to the cost and complexity. A recent post showed that satellites get lofted at $100 000 000 to $175 000 000 per launch. How many launches to get a livable structure on the Moon. And then send people to live there? And to bring the vessel that will carry them back to Earth? Is humanity ready to shoulder the burden or will we continue to emphasize other activities?
While there’s certainly increasing interest in putting more rovers on the Moon, and even people returning to the Moon, will the present high level of interest continue to see these to completion? Will interest continue for the years or decades needed? Can any one nation afford to invest in this endeavour? Or do we continue to wait until nations become more cooperative? Perhaps citing the goal of emplacing a habitat on the Moon may lead to more cooperation; an interesting and worthwhile objective for all.
Here at the Lunar Colony Fund, our confidence in humanity living beyond the surface of Earth remains strong. We continue to grow our network. We continue to accept more interested parties. Join us and let’s bring the future closer.
What if you tried to give away money and nobody took it? As we know, funding is the greatest challenge for developing off-Earth (and on-Earth!) infrastructure. One inspiration for funding came from the Google Lunar X Prize which promised a large sum for anyone building a robot, getting it to the Moon, then have it take a trip on the Moon. It was an idea; a closer, non-gov’t version of Opportunity and Spirit. Many teams took up the challenge, much as with the Ansari X Prize. It didn’t happen. And the deadline was extended. And extended again. Finally the organizers admitted no-contest. In summary then, offering a prize at a tenth of the very large cost of competing wasn’t enough. Apparently seed money isn’t enough to start the infrastructure build-out.
On the promising side, big rockets are back into vogue. In particular, the Falcon Heavy. The former saw Starman take a giant leap forward. To somewhere in space. Often we’ve blasted non-functioning test systems into space. Yet, this is the first time that a private company has done so. A $90M test according to some spreadsheets. Congratulations! But wonder to yourself, even at $90M per launch, is there sufficient global interest to establish infrastructure on the Moon’s surface? And access resources off of Earth? And extend humanity’s reach into the future?
We at the Lunar Colony Fund believe. We continue to build our base of support here on Earth. We are extending communications to other like-minded organizations such as the Moon Village Association. We envision a future for our children’s children. Join us, support us and represent us. We have a future for humankind that offers so much.
Could we ever match the collecting power of a government? They are awesome! They can enforce the submission of taxes from both individuals and corporations. All for the common good. Will people on Earth ever agree to their taxes, their tithes being used for off-world development? Even if it meant a better world on Earth? Or, using other words, who’s leading this parade?
Let’s divide purchasing into two paradigms. One paradigm has a purchase being off-the-shelf. For example when buying a home we can purchase from a land developer and select one of their designs. The other paradigm is to singularly define your purchase, i.e. design your unique home. The former usually is less expensive as development costs get spread across all copies of the same design. The later will have every feature, every characteristic you desire. But the cost is significantly greater. While there aren’t any land developers on the Moon, what’s the best way to choose a home?
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If you have the money and want the product then you buy it. If you don’t have the money and still want it then you borrow the money. Like getting a mortgage for a house. But this process only works if people with excess money are willing to lend it to you. Do you know any investor willing to fund infrastructure upon the Moon’s surface?
Maybe it’s because it’s nearing the end of the year but there seems an awful lot of news about space activities. And in returning to the Moon. One would have to look into national budgets to determine how much is real. And one would have to look into a crystal ball to determine if they will remain real in the decades required to bring them to fruition. Are there enough investors willing to wait decades for a return?
Luckily we at the Lunar Colony Fund don’t have a schedule that we have to meet. At least we hope that we don’t. As long as the economy keeps growing then it’s business as usual for us and the rest of the world. That’s the optimist in us as we invest our lives into building a better future for humankind. In space. Join us. It’s the best return that you’ll ever receive.