Cislunar Space: The Next 30 Years

FEBRUARY 22, 2017

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Up to speed and thinking about the future, United Launch Alliance (ULA), the amalgam of Boeing and Lockheed created in 2006 to market launch services on the venerable Delta and Atlas rockets, hosted a unique gathering in Centennial, Colorado last week. Approximately 70 invited engineers, scientists and space entrepreneurs gathered at ULA corporate headquarters to consider the pathways and connections of future activities envisioned for cislunar space (the volume of space between and around Earth and the Moon). Working from ULA’s concept of 1000 people working in cislunar space within the next 30 years, we were tasked to consider and work out what these people will do and how the ULA Cislunar 1000 vision will come to pass. (See video and slides from the meeting.)

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The title is from an article Paul D. Spudis wrote for Air & Space about a meeting that United Launch Allianace held.

I am trying to find sources that will make it easy to implant the


Repeat, repeat and repeat until you can see the vision.

Now who will be the first to control Cislunar Space?

We need to be careful here.  If we say CONTROL, then we might be thinking military action.  Would that turn the topic into some “BLACK OP”. and lock everything away behind a cloud of secrecy?  Or could we pass it off as something like the “Clementine” mission to an asteroid that mapped the Moon using new instrumentation the military was interested in proof testing?

China has made progress in going to the Moon, both with orbiters and lander.  If you look at what they accomplished with Chang’e 2 you will find that they orbited the Moon and fully mapped it and went to Sun-Earth L2 and loitered there before going off to an asteroid.  Impressive.


Then you might ask WHO will set up shop on the Moon?

Let me mention Paul D. Spudis again and suggest you go check out his list of earlier blogs about what China is doing.

China continues its Long March to the

Did you watch the YouTube about Paul’s book? it is 52 minutes so you might not have listened to the questions, but if you go to minute 48, Paul answers a question about the Chinese space effort and I found informative.


The Value of the Moon

Published on Oct 24, 2016

Planetary scientist Dr. Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute presents his argument for returning humans to the Moon before reaching for Mars and other destinations. Spudis explores three reasons for returning to the Moon: It is close, it is interesting, and it is useful. He argues the Moon is a logical base for further space exploration and possibly a future home for humanity. This was the first presentation in the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s 2016–2017 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series — Mercury to Mars: LPI Explores the Solar System.




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