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A newly released study has focused on how best to return people to the Moon, reporting that future lunar missions can be done for under $10 billion - far less than a NASA price tag.
The multi-phased three-year study was done by a private space firm, SpaceDev of Poway, California, and concluded that safe, lower cost missions can be completed by the private sector using existing technology or innovative new technology expected to be available in time to support human exploration of the Moon in the near-future.
SpaceDev announced the results of its International Lunar Observatories Human Servicing Mission study last week at a meeting conducted by Lunar Enterprise Corporation (LEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Space Age Publishing Company of Hawaii’s Island, Hawaii, and Palo Alto, California. The study was funded by LEC.
Each mission, as envisioned by SpaceDev, would position a habitat module in lunar orbit or on the moon's surface. The habitat modules would remain in place after each mission and could be re-provisioned and re-used, thus building a complex of habitats at one or more lunar locations over time, according to a press statement on the study findings.
Originally posted by Uber Fr0g
Funny how something like exploring a big rock can make us think $10 billion dollars is such a miniscule amount when millions of americans are struggling to raise a family and make ends meet.
[edit on 22-11-2005 by Uber Fr0g]
Originally posted by Zipdot
Two words: Space Pen!
I am totally on board for this plan, but somehow I doubt that ANY of it will be realized.
I would prefer to see NASA assume a role more akin to DARPA.