SHACKLETON ENERGY wants the Moon's resources
OTHER MOON's US MISSIONS
MOON EXPRESS - Expanding the Earth's Economic and Social Sphere to the Moon
At the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Annual Meeting in 2017, Moon Express presented its Fabulous project about the MOON.
MX-1 Scout Class Explorer. Credit: Moon Express
The "Evolution" of United Launch Alliance (ULA)
The New VULCAN
The development of the Vulcan booster, the Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES), and the SMART Re-use concept enhances the current capabilities towards a single launch system. With the next generation in avionics and the advancements in Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) systems, ULA has a new and more capable concept of launch service.
ASTROBOTIC WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE MOON
Astrobotic is contracting payloads to Trans-Lunar Insertion (TLI), Lunar Orbit, and Surface on the Moon at Lacus Mortis for its First Mission .
The Peregrime Lander
Astrobotic selects ULA to launch its Peregrine Lander in 2019 for lunar mission. The Lander will fly 35 kg of customer payloads on its first mission, with the option to upgrade to 265 kg on future missions.
ISPACE - Expand our planet & our future.
The Moon Valley Concept of ispace, is a world where the Earth and the Moon become one system, supported by a space-based economy. This is the main goal of the Japan’s company.
The first mission, 2019-2020, will be the first privately-led Japanese test mission to inject the lander into a lunar orbit and relay lunar data to the Earth. It’s a critical mission to test data-gathering technology and Earth–Moon transport service technology.
The SLIM mission to the Moon
In the decade of 2020-2030, the Japanese Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) will launch many missions around and on the Moon. The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) mission scheduled to be launched in 2020 will a precursor of full-scale lunar or planetary missions. The Small lunar-lander of about 100 kg has been approved in 2015 like an engineering demonstration of a pin-point (< 100 m precision) landing guided by a automatic obstacle avoidance system. JAXA will decide later for the official landing site.
SHACKLETON ENERGY WANTS THE MOON'S RESOURCES
Private space companies are on the starting line to develop the Moon's resources. Some such as Shackleton Energy Company, have big and precise plans to do it.
"We Are Going Back to the Moon to Get Water. There are billions of tons of water on the poles of the Moon. We are going to extract it, turn it into rocket fuel and create fuel stations in the Earth's orbit. Just like on Earth you won't get far on a single tank of gas. What we can do in space today is straight-jacketed by how much fuel we can bring along from the Earth's surface. Our fuel stations will change how we do business in space and jump-start a multi-trillion dollar industry," says Jim Keravala, CEO and co-founder of Shackleton Energy Company Inc.
To establish fuel stations in orbit, many problems must first be solved. It is necessary to have orbital corridors clear of space junks, efficient satellites robotic servicing, many orbital and lunar hotels and Research labs. To be more independent from the Earth, we also have to be able to manufacture materials and built structures in gravity, and mine asteroids.
For Shackleton Energy, to do this at a reasonable cost, rockets offering affordable travels to orbit and access to fuel stations, are necessary.