February 13, 2007 – Reston, VA – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Colonization Technical Committee (SCTC) has developed a position statement which recommends specific research, development, technology and engineering goals be implemented in order to establish a Moon base by 2015 and open new frontiers to human space exploration.
The AIAA/SCTC paper emphasizes human settlement of the Moon; development of lunar observatories, energy and resources uses; and sustained, active encouragement of private and international enterprise. It recommends the establishment of the scientific and industrial capabilities of a permanent lunar settlement and development of the commercial revenue sources on the Moon.
Recommendations in the paper cover the early period (present – 2015), mid-period (2015-2025) and far period (2025-2050). The SCTC also calls for the United States to work with international partners to pursue free-market rules to the development of space; international conventions on property and mineral rights; and land management conventions to include provisions for homesteading.
The AIAA/SCTC supports a strengthened space program through robust implementation of lunar settlements with commercial and international enterprises.
To read the entire position statement, "Robust Implementations of Lunar Settlements with Commercial and International Enterprise (Moon Base 2015)," go to http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=535
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ROBUST IMPLEMENTATION OF LUNAR SETTLEMENTS WITH COMMERCIAL AND INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE [MOON BASE 2015]
An AIAA/SCTC Position Statement
Prepared by the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee (SCTC)
January 9, 2007
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To implement the President's Vision for Space Exploration, the United States must commit to the early establishment of a Moon base by 2015. This Lunar base will be an ideal testbed for opening new frontiers to human exploration by maximally employing commercial and private products and services. The AIAA/SCTC recommends that specific RDT&E goals be implemented. This will be accomplished by establishment of the scientific and industrial capabilities of a permanent Lunar settlement and development of the commercial revenue sources on the Moon.
On January 14, 2004, President Bush reaffirmed the United States' commitment to human space exploration by completing the International Space Station by 2010, returning to the Moon to stay, and then proceeding to more distant destinations. There exists an extensive database of research and technology development indicating that the logistical feasibility of space exploration will be greatly enhanced through space resource utilization (SRU). This AIAA/SCTC Position Statement emphasizes: human settlement of the Moon; development of Lunar observatories, energy and resources uses; and sustained, active encouragement of private and international enterprise.
The AIAA/SCTC recommends that the following actions be implemented by the Administration, U.S. Congress, and supporting Government agencies as appropriate: The Early Period [The Present-2015]:
It is also recommended that the United States work with international partners to set precedent(s) through a constructive interpretation and evolution of applicable space law(s), including provisions for:
The AIAA/SCTC supports a strengthened space program through robust implementation of Lunar settlements with commercial and international enterprises as outlined in this position statement. The AIAA/SCTC encourages technology and business development to establish a Moon base by 2015 which will result in permanent Lunar settlement.
AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee