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originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
Oh believe me I understand that.
But SpaceX and others aren't reliant entirely on congressional funds. There is a huge market waiting for lift infrastructure for commercial satellite and space mining operations that are coming around the the bend over the next 5 to 10 years.
The government has a vested interest in exploiting space. To them the cost of contracting companies with their own resources is more cost effective than the old hat in house development that has been a hallmark of US space exploration for decades.
Congress last year passed a “finders’ keepers” law that granted companies ownership of any resources they might extract from an asteroid or lunar soil.
But a problem remained: No federal agency was responsible for approving such missions, so there was no green light to proceed.
Moon Express needed to show that its mission would comply with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, including commitments not to contaminate another planetary body, to be subject to government oversight and to not interfere with other missions. The latter provision included promising not to disturb NASA's historic Apollo landing sites, for example.
“It was completely uncharted territory,” said Richards. “We boldly went where no private sector company had gone before in terms of regulatory frameworks.”
Now Moon Express just needs to pull off the moon shot.
A first launch optimistically is targeted for late 2017 on Rocket Lab’s new Electron rocket, either from Rocket Lab’s launch site in New Zealand or possibly Cape Canaveral. The FAA has not yet issued a launch license, which will be considered separately from the mission itself.
A soft moon landing late next year to start two weeks of operations on the surface would position Moon Express to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE’s top award of $20 million.
"Imagine getting engaged and instead of a diamond, giving your fiancé a moon rock ring," he said.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: projectvxn
I also hope they do not have to worry about this guy either!
Dennis Hope, an American entrepreneur, sells extraterrestrial real estate. In 1980, he started his own business, the Lunar Embassy Commission. As of 2009 Hope claimed to have sold 2.5M 1-acre plots on the Moon, for around US$20 per acre. He allocates land to be sold by closing his eyes and randomly pointing to a map of the Moon. He claims two former US presidents as customers, stating Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan had aides purchase them plots on the moon.
Wikipedia: Extraterrestrial real estate.
Feeding the meter would be a PITA unless you can use Visa or AmEx! I guess there no way to get a ticket so NVM.
So if the idea of ownership and land/mineral use are not settled wonder what that would mean to this venture? IDK, just thought about space treaties and how they involve the moon...
A senior official at North Korea’s space agency, speaking to the Associated Press, said that Pyongyang plans to have satellites in orbit by 2020 and its flag on the moon within ten years.
“Even though the U.S. and its allies try to block our space development, our aerospace scientists will conquer space and definitely plant the flag of the DPRK on the moon,” said Hyon Kwang Il.
Lunar iron mining might also come with other elements commonly used in industry like aluminum and silicon, which are also common on the moon’s surface.
The metals potentially on the moon include ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum itself.
The New York Post reported that Moon Express's plans for commercial cargo include taking human remains to the moon.
Jain told the New York Post that the delivery of one's ashes for lunar interment would be based on a "payload" price of USD 3 million per kilo.
"Since the cremated remains of adults generally weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, the indicated price range is USD 5.4 million to USD 8.1 million," the Post said, adding that the demand for such a service is high.
"We already have a long list," it quoted Jain as saying.