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OUR GOAL: To establish operational bases on the Moon for scientific study, tourism, manufacturing and resource development, using public and private (non-governmental) funding to accomplish our goal.
OUR COMMITMENT: To return fair market value to our sponsors and partners in exchange for their commitment to see this monumental project through t0 its completion.
OUR CHALLENGE: To work with established aerospace suppliers, including commercial launch vehicle manufacturers, equipment contractors and mission facilities providers, to develop a safe, realistic and financially viable program to return humans to the Moon.
OUR PLAN: The first phase of this program shall culminate in a successful unmanned mission to the Moon by 2008; the second phase shall result in a successful manned mission to the Moon and the establishment of permanent settlements on the Moon by 2012; the third phase shall result in the construction of permanent structures, including housing, landing/launch ports, observatories and other scientific facilities, and the commencement of resource development by 2015.
Originally posted by cpr12r
If all this goes well by the time they have permanent structures I'll be 22. I've always thoughts of living in a space colony. This thing is really cool maybe I'll go there on a vacation sometime. Thanks for posting the link
Originally posted by sardion2000
People said the same thing about the X-Prize when it first started. They said things like "Oh but you can't do that it would require billions for a company to reach sub-orbit" etc etc. When a Prize is set up for this type of endevor and It'll be sooner rather then later, you and every skeptic will be proven wrong. We do have the technology, all we need is the financial will to do it and it seems that this could be the starting catalyst. These are the types of challenges that Humanity usually excels at. These things have been a long time in coming and I say its about fricken time. I do agree that thier timetable is optimistic, but with enough money I see no reason why it can't be done by 2015 at the earliest but I do not see it coming any later then 2025 as by then the Private Space Industry will be in full swing. If you want to look at historical parrellels look at the Aviation Prizes that took place at the beggining of the 20th century. It spawned an Industry in record time. This time it's not gonna take as long, at least thats my feeling. One last quote I'll leave you with as I believe it affects this area of technology as well.
"From now till 2025 we will see a huge increasing in our technological capabilities, more so then in the entire 20th century combined"
I believe K. Erik Drexler said that particular quote. Another thing he mentioned was that most people will be caught off guard as we as humans tend to think in linear terms when dealing with technology(ie Assuming its gonna progress the same rate it has in the past) when its not. Technological progress is increasing exponentially, going faster and faster towards....what? I have no idea.
[edit on 27-12-2004 by sardion2000]
Originally posted by SpookyVince
You have a point... Maybe I'm stubborn (I don't think so... ) but I still think that it is a very optimistically drawn project... Again, honestly, I think that we should focus on a better thing: either Mars (but that's a long term view) or a fully grown space station (and thanks for reminding me of that one) that is more like a fully grown town than any moon base.
Btw, very good thread! I like it... Lots of ideas in here...
Originally posted by Chakotay
You made a great post, and we are glad you made it. We've just heard so many promises like this that we're all jaded. For example, these other guys told us way back in the 20th Century that they were going to build a sea colony, then an orbital colony, then a lunar colony and so on all with our help and money. So far, all they've built is a website- and jeesh, even I can do that. Rutan layed up glas and turned wrenches and BAM! A real spaceship. If you want to know if someone is going to keep their promises, look at their fingernails, and bring an A&P mechanic along before you invest money. And bring your wrenches.
I hope they make it.
[edit on 27-12-2004 by Chakotay]