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Title    Moon Base Could Cost Just $10 Billion Due to New Technologies
Date    Saturday March 19 2016, @08:43PM
Author    CoolHand
Topic   
from the walking-on-the-moon dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/03/19/1655240

takyon writes:

A NASA scientist suggests that building a base on the moon would be feasible within a $10 billion budget, in a special issue of New Space focusing on the feasibility of lunar colonization:

What if I told you there's no reason we couldn't set up a small base on the moon by 2022 without breaking the bank? The endeavor would cost about $10 billion, which is cheaper than one U.S. aircraft carrier. Some of the greatest scientists and professionals in the space business already have a plan. NASA's Chris McKay, an astrobiologist, wrote about it in a special issue of the New Space journal, published just a few weeks ago.

Before we get into the details, let's ask ourselves: Why the moon? Although scientists (and NASA) don't find it all that exciting, the moon is a great starting point for further exploration. Furthermore, building a lunar base would provide us with the real-world experience that may prove invaluable for future projects on other planets like Mars, which NASA plans to reach by 2030. The main reason the moon is not a part of NASA's plan is simply because of the agency's crimped budget.

NASA's leaders say they can afford only one or the other: the moon or Mars. If McKay and his colleagues are correct, though, the U.S. government might be able to pull off both trips. All it takes is a change of perspective and ingenuity. "The big takeaway," McKay says, "is that new technologies, some of which have nothing to do with space — such as self-driving cars and waste-recycling toilets — are going to be incredibly useful in space, and are driving down the cost of a moon base to the point where it might be easy to do." The document outlines a series of innovations — already existing and in development — that work together toward the common goal of building the first permanent lunar base.

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Here are the articles in question, all of which are open access:

What Do We Do with the Moon? (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.29003.gsh)

Toward a Low-Cost Lunar Settlement: Preface to the New Space Special Articles (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0039)

A Summary of the Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture That Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public–Private Partnerships (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0037)

Lunar Station: The Next Logical Step in Space Development
(open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0031)

U.S. Government Funding of Major Space Goals: A Historical Perspective (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0036)

Site Selection for Lunar Industrialization, Economic Development, and Settlement (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0023)

Life Support for a Low-Cost Lunar Settlement: No Showstoppers (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0029)

Using the Agile Approach for Lunar Settlement (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0038)

Lunar-Based Self-Replicating Solar Factory (open, DOI: 10.1089/space.2015.0041)


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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "building a base on the moon would be feasible within a $10 billion budget" - http://www.marketwatch.com/story/it-would-cost-only-10-billion-to-live-on-the-moon-2016-03-17
  3. "aircraft carrier" - http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-us-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-will-dominate-the-seas-2016-03-09
  4. "NASA's Chris McKay" - http://quest.nasa.gov/people/bios/space/mckay.html
  5. "a special issue of the New Space journal" - http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/space/4/1
  6. "articles in question" - http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/space/4/1
  7. "What Do We Do with the Moon?" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.29003.gsh
  8. "Toward a Low-Cost Lunar Settlement: Preface to the New Space Special Articles" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0039
  9. "A Summary of the Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture That Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public–Private Partnerships" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0037
  10. "Lunar Station: The Next Logical Step in Space Development" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0031
  11. "U.S. Government Funding of Major Space Goals: A Historical Perspective" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0036
  12. "Site Selection for Lunar Industrialization, Economic Development, and Settlement" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0023
  13. "Life Support for a Low-Cost Lunar Settlement: No Showstoppers" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0029
  14. "Using the Agile Approach for Lunar Settlement" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0038
  15. "Lunar-Based Self-Replicating Solar Factory" - http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2015.0041
  16. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=12772

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