The future of our economy
Our Plan for Moon Mining
We want to be the first private company to start mining useful resources on the Moon. These resources could be sent over to our planet or be used on the Moon to sustain a colony in the future.
We are planning to send the first unmanned mission to the Moon in 2017. The mission will involve sending a robot to explore the surface and collect samples to see potential places for mining.
We have a 4 year plan to set up a full mining operation on the Moon that will provide many resources to Earth
To start mining on the Moon we would first have to launch a robot to explore the surface for the most optimal place for mining to occure. After we find an exact location we would start working on robots that would be able to mine the resources found there like Helium-3 and other valuable metals. They can then be stored on the moon for a later launch back to Earth.
After the resources come back to Earth they cab be used in various ways. Helium-3 wpuld be able to power fusion reactors. 40 tonnes of Helium-3 could power the whole of United States for over a year. This new non-radiactive resource is essential for the future of our planet. The Moon has an abundance of raw materials that humanity relies on. Much like Earth, it is composed of silicate rocks and metals that are differentiated between a geochemically distinct layers. These consist of is iron-rich inner core, and iron-rich fluid outer core, a partially molten boundary layer, and a solid mantle and crust. Other possible lunar materials which might conceivably be economically imported to the Earth include platinum group elements (currently valued at between $20,000 and $50,000 per kilo) extracted from iron meteorites that may have survived impact with the lunar surface, and materials (for example, economically valuable rare-earth elements which are known to be concentrated in some regions of the Moon) could be taken to Earth for use in different products and projects.
The Moon could also serve as a great launching site for heavy metals and other resources. Due to its low gravity it reduces the amount of energy needed for a launch of a rocket. Here is where we can set up a launch bay to send all the materials back to Earth
Our global civilisation is already highly dependent on Earth-orbiting satellites for communications, navigation, weather forecasting and resource management, and this reliance is likely to increase. The high costs of these activities are largely dictated by high launch costs, and by the fact that failed satellites cannot currently be repaired or replenished in orbit. The availability of resources obtained from the weaker gravity conditions of the Moon would help mitigate these obstacles to further economic development in Earth orbit. Near-term lunar exports to a cis-lunar infrastructure could include the supply of hydrogen and oxygen as rocket fuel/oxidiser.
In addition, lunar surface rocks and soils are rich in potentially useful but heavy (and thus expensive to launch from Earth) raw materials such as magnesium, aluminium, silicon, iron and titanium. Therefore, as the lunar industrial infrastructure is gradually built up, the Moon may be able to provide more sophisticated products to Earth-orbiting facilities. Examples might include titanium and aluminium alloys for structural components, and silicon-based photovoltaic cells for solar power. The key business case for sourcing these materials on the Moon is simple. It takes about 20 times less energy to launch a given mass from the surface of the Moon into Earth orbit compared to launching it from the Earth’s surface to Earth orbit.
2017First Moon landingLanding the first robot on the moon to sample the rocks and explore the future mining site
2018Starting the mining operationStart mining the Moon for Helium-3 and other useful resources
2019Sending resources back to EarthSending Helium-3 and other useful resources back to Earth
2020Setting up a colonyPreapring the Moon for the future colony
A Colony on the Moon
After 2020 there is a possibility to make the first cosmic colony. As the mining operations will increase a colony on the Moon will be essential. It could be used as the first step to spread the humanities influence over our Solar System. The colony would have people going to the Moon and back bringing essentials for human life on the moon.
Mining fuel from the lunar surface could make going back to the moon economically viable. Data from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) suggest that water ice may be plentiful on the moon, especially near the poles. That's important because water can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen; hydrogen is a rocket propellant, and oxygen helps out in the combustion process. (Leftover oxygen would also, conveniently, provide breathing air for astronauts.)