AMERICA’S DARPA IS OFFICIALLY TRYING TO START A MOON ECONOMY IN ONLY 10 YEARS
As someone who isn’t quite old enough to have watched the moon landing live, I’m still quite the fan of lunar exploration, visitation and possible development. Even Russia has a live moon mission, like right now. But aside from science fiction, I haven’t really seen all that much that would involve a major human presence on the moon in the short term. But despite that rather clear current reality, America’s DARPA has launched a feasibility study to launch a commercial economy on the moon. As in, a Moon Economy. And, they’re looking at the feasibility of doing this rather soon.
CREATING A MOON ECONOMY IN ONLY 10 YEARS IS A MASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE GOAL
DARPA is the acronym for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. And their Moon Economy feasibility study has the name, LunA-10, which “uniquely aims to identify solutions that can enable multi-mission lunar systems – imagine a wireless power station that can also provide comms and navigation in its beam.” That’s pretty exciting news, to say the least. But even more amazing is the fact that they’re looking to see if this is feasible to do in a decade. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t expecting any country, the United States included, to be throwing darts at such a seemingly minuscule target for years to come.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES TO BE ANNOUNCED IN 6 WEEKS, THE FINAL REPORT NEXT JUNE
But the Moon Economy feasibility study is now a real thing, and is happening now. Now, of course, means that LunA-10 will choose a group of companies that have some concepts of lunar services to provide, and will have them work together for several strategic sectors. Those include an integrated system for lunar communication, energy, transmission or other building blocks necessary to create a future economy on the Moon. We’ll know who these companies are in October, of this year. The final report is scheduled to be due in June, 2024. This American effort to establish a Lunar Economy by 2033 will be grounded in the Outer Space Treaty from 1967.
Things in local space just sped up, a lot.