THE PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE SPACE DEVELOPMENT


ESTABLISHING THE BASE

Lander - Concept for a reusable lunar lander based upon the Centaur upper stage.
Gym - Full-scale mock-up of the above lunar lander.
XEUS - ULA's XEUS lunar lander concept.
Terrestial Demonstrator - Masten could develop and fly a full-scale lunar demonstrator for only about $20 M and in 1.5-2 years.
Cislunar One - Concept of operations linking power from solar drapes at a Peak of Persistent Illumination with telerobotic operation on the floor of a permanently-shadowed crater.
Solar Drapes - Minimal mass of supporting structure for maximum solar power generation.
Harvester - Concept for an all-in-one telerobot that harvests icy regolith, steams, and distills water for propellant.
Environment - The telerobots would need to first developed in labs with conditions like what they'll find on the Moon.
UniHab - Concept for a large, flat-roofed inflatable habitat for a shielded, turnkey facility.
Greenhouse - University of Arizona - Tucson has been working on a lunar greenhouse concept.
Algae - Algae for fish food could be grown using this drape system.
Food - Hydroponic food will need the nutritional needs of the crew.
Centrifuge - A low-mass centrifuge composed of a carbon fiber truss and swivelling chambers.


INTERNATIONAL LUNAR EXPLORATION PHASE

Site List - A spreadsheet of newsworthy sites, habitats, and activities on the Moon.
Lunar Sites - A webpage with the newsworthy sites organized.
Lunar Pits - Lunar lava pits and tubes.
Arch - Yes, there actually is one natural arch on the Moon.
Magnetic Patterns - Magnetic patters imprinted on the lunar surface.
Irregular Patches - Strange, possibly volcanic patterns on the surface of the Moon.
Tycho Crater - One of the most noteworthy craters on the Moon has a singular, large boulder right on top of its central peak.
Affordability - With an end-to-end commercial transport system to the lunar surface, between 66% and 100% of countries could afford a mission of lunar exploration.
Roads - Telerobots could create a network of basic roads for rovers, cargo, and crew.
Preservation - As various countries take their first steps on the Moon, how will all of the artifacts be preserved?

CREW AND THEIR HEALTH

Crew - An historic, initial crew of eight (four couples) with a variety of skills, backgrounds, and talents.
First Woman - When the first woman steps foot on the Moon, it will be a historic moment.
Space Suit - Wouldn't it be cool to develop a costume looking like this space suit?
Dog - The most popular crew member of the Initial Team will be the dog!
Virtual Reality - When we return to the Moon, people on Earth could pay for the experience of practically being there during these historic events.
History - The first humans beginning to move off Earth indefinitely would be hugely historic...if done right.
Languages - If language was a primary selection criteria, the initial crew of eight would be able to speak to about 70% of the world's population.
Artificial Gravity - Proposed protocol for the development of an artificial gravity prescription in the least amount of time.
Radiation - There are solutions for the challenge of radiation in the different settings.
Hydrostatic - Concept for how an Earth-equivalent environment could be approximated using an indoor centrifuge.
Psychology - Small habitats could lead to cabin fever, affairs, and divorces. How can these be prevented?
Dance - In 1/6th gravity dance will be an entirely new thing.
Dust - Lunar dust is a real challenge. How could it be hadled?
Medical - How could the healthcare needs of the growing base be met?
Base - With time, specialized habitats could be added in order to grow into an international base.
Population Growth - There is a clear path for how the population would grow from an Initial Base, through an International Phase, to a full Settlement.
Retirement - Retirees will be over-represented among the settlers for many years.
Revenue - There is a clear path for how each phase of lunar development can be funded.

OTHER

Phobos-Deimos - Simultaneous to lunar development, in-space steps could be taken to Mars.
Paraterraforming - Mars can be most quickly transformed using an approach of extending very large greenhouses.

ACHIEVING EARTH INDEPENDENCE

Videos - Watch the series of YouTube videos on this topic.
What is AEI - Earth independence is calculated by measuring how much mass no longer needs to be shipped as the base produces things for itself.
Resources - It appears that all of the necessary resources needed for Earth independence is present on the Moon and likely Mars.
Periodic Table - Needs The elemental needs for human survival.
Periodic Table - Sources The lunar sources of the essential elements.
Metals - How can we get metals on the Moon and transform them into useable forms?
Machining - It is complex, but we have a good idea of the source of metals and how to melt, cast, and machine it into parts.
Chemistry - The source of organics is well known on both the Moon and Mars. Producing things like plastics is fairly straightforward.
Artificial Gravity - Will partial gravity be sufficient for generational reproduction. If not, hopefully artificial gravity will help.
Habitats - Obviously, to survive long term, the colony will have to produce its own habitats. How can this be done?.
Food - It's very complex but hydroponics seems to be up to the job to produce all of the food that self-sustaining colonists will need.
Nutrition - An Earth independent base would need to meet the nutritional and culinary needs of its crew. How?.
Power - Excellent laboratory work has been done demonstrating that solar cells can be produced from known lunar material.
Electronics - Shipping a "sufficient supply" of electronics would buy time to implement protocols to produce good enough electronics.
Genetics - Studies show that frozen embryos are viable for decades and perhaps longer.
Information - What information will the colonists need and how best to store and retrieve it?.
Escape & Quarantine - urviving is one thing. But ultimately, humanity will have to spread yet further.
xRisks - Complete Earth independence will ensure that humanity survives self-replicating technology.
The MMAB - OK. How do advocates go from theorizing Earth independence to demonstrating it starting with an analogue base?

WORKING GROUPS

Working Groups - Space Development Network teams working to advance a specific field.
Agriculture (AgWG) - Developing a Plan to provide all the nutritional needs of an Initial Crew.