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Interorbital Exchange - Economically competitive development through an international authority

28 Mar 2016, 17:57 UTC
Interorbital Exchange - Economically competitive development through an international authority
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I've recently stumbled across the NexGen Evolvable Lunar Architecture study via NSS.This is a NASA-funded study examining how a lunar propellant facility could be developed via public-private partnership. Definitely worth reading. I'd like to explore their proposal for an international lunar authority to manage access to lunar resources. This really fills in the blanks with regard to operational authority and funding sources without necessarily requiring one particular architecture or approach to the actual propellant production.Discussion after the jump.In case you don't feel like reading the entire report, it is essentially two separate works. The first section discusses a proposed architecture to produce lunar propellant and offer it for sale at an EML2 depot. This is broadly similar to my earlier posts in this series, though the authors have much deeper technical expertise and more reliable numbers. They include a crew of four on the lunar surface on six-month rotations, in a permanent habitat. Their schedule runs from 2017 to 2034 for the initial buildup, costing $34 billion over 17 years and resulting in 200 tons of propellant to EML2 annually at an ongoing cost of $3 billion per year. $3 billion was the target maximum annual funding level for full ...

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