Bulletin #60

Cultures distinguish groups and promote nationalism. The accompanying fervour can empower individuals to astounding heights; as we see at every Olympic games. Cultures also tie us to the past. We use it as a string connecting us to generations long gone. Perhaps we also equate our success with that of our culture.

Yet, cultures are notoriously bound to geographical regions. Perhaps it’s due to a near Mesolithic like desire for safety. For example, the dawn of the space age saw two cultures vie for optimal ascension with the winner claiming bragging rights. In this, as with the Olympics, peaceful competition was a practical method.

What then is the best way to achieve goals that require multiple cultures to unite? Is colonizing the Moon of this scale? Will only a gathering of cultures succeed? Or will it be a conglomeration of organizations? Or is the string attaching us to the past too strong? Join us at the Lunar Colony Fund as we advance our optimal approach to ascending.

Mark Mortimer
President
Lunar Colony Fund

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NASA: Kilopower project

Energy is the most critical of commodities whether on Earth or on the Moon. Humans eat to obtain energy to power their bodies. Humans release stores of energy to power their technology. One of the most amazing, controlled releases of energy occurs whenever we launch platforms into space.

Living on the Moon will require great amounts of energy. In comparison, consider the International Space Stations. Its solar arrays provide about 100kW of power. That ‘s a lot. While solar arrays will certainly provide some power on the Moon, they need to always be aimed at the Sun. And be dust free. This may not always be practicable. We have other, higher density power sources. For example, NASA is developing KRUSTY. This little fission reactor could provide 10kW of baseline power for up to 10 years.  One or more KRUSTY reactors could provide local power for locations on the Moon or even remote locations on the Earth. These sources of controlled energy could make the lives of humans on the Moon very resourceful.

For those interested in a little history, check out the TOPAZ reactor for a different, Soviet design.

In any case, remember the human need for energy. It is critical to our bodies and our technology. On the Moon we will be relying upon machines for recirculating air, growing plants, and cleaning water. And the machines like us, won’t function without energy.  So we have to have an assured source of controlled energy. Before we set foot back upon the Moon.