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Preliminary Timeline Using Lava Tubes

    This timeline is looking forward from June 2001. This schedule is designed only to give you an idea of the timescale we’re working with, from our first mission to when tourists arrive. High paying tourists might actually visit earlier than as these dates are all very rough. Also, this schedule is based on the immediate use of lava tubes. To learn more about lava tubes and why we should use them click here. While I greatly support this option, no path leading up to the reference mission has been formally selectedtra. All the Artemis missions after Electra 2 are ones I am proposing except for those that are not Artemis missions. The Human Missions have surface operations I would like to see happen and are not necessarily currently in the official plan. Please send me any comments you have here Most of the names are simply ones I am suggesting. I choose names of people who have been major contributors toward exploration, many of whom have not gotten many space projects named in their honor. However, missions might end up being named for sponsors.

Preparations for missions in bold are already underway. Italicized Mission are non- Artemis missions that contribute to our goal.

Trailblazer    Lunar Orbiter. Gain publicity and funding for ASI. Photograph candidate landing sites in medium detail. Late 2005

NEAP        SpaceDev- private company, Asteroid Orbiter. Entertainment based. First deep-space private mission. Analyze potential asteroid mining operations.     Between 2002 and 2005.

SMART-1    European Space Agency (ESA) Lunar Orbiter. Use solar-powered ion drive to reach lunar polar orbit. Gather information on lunar geology and history. November15, 2004.

Electra 1    Photograph candidate human landing sites. Land at candidate site. Analyze soil and local geological formations such as lava tubes. Date unknown

Lunar-A     ISAS-Japanese Government and University of Tokyo Orbiter and Penetrators. Lunar Mapping, geology and seismology. Date unknown

Selene         ISAS Lunar Orbiter and Lander. More Information. Deploy communication relay satellite into lunar orbit. Study lunar environment. This is part of the first stage of Japans mission to setup a human lunar base. Date unknown

Icebreaker    LunaCorp- Private company, Lander and Rover. Deploy rover at south pole to confirm existence of lunar water ice. Date unknown

Electra 2    Photograph candidate Human Landing Sites. Land at another candidate landing site. Deploy rovers to Analyze soil and photograph local terrain. Date unknown

(Electra 3    If no sight has been found satisfactory, land at a third site. Deploy Rovers. Analyze soil.)

Lunar Harvester    Sample Return. Sell Samples. 2005

Lunar Retriever    Applied Space Resources is planning to launch a sample return. Lunar Retriever and Harvester may be combined into a joint mission.

Eisenhower    Enter lava tube at landing site via natural opening. Photograph interior of lava tube. Analyze soil composition. 2006

The International Space Station, Alpha, is a scheduled to be completed by 2006. In addition to providing a potential staging base for our missions and a customer for our Lunar Transfer Vehicle, the completion of the station will free up the space shuttle fleet for commercial missions.
Kennedy    Test oxygen extraction pilot plant. Test structural stability of lava tube. Further explore tube. Launch Sample Return. 2007

Johnson    Deploy rovers into lava tube to clear entrance. Deploy trace gas collector pilot vehicle. Begin stockpiling oxygen and other useful chemicals. Launch sample return to sell lunar soil. 2008

Slayton 1    Supply Mission. Deliver consumables, launch fuel, biomass for a greenhouse and other supplies to the lunar surface. 2009 -Slayton Supply missions will continue to deliver cargo every three to four months at least from now on.

Sagan        The first manned mission, the Reference Mission. Three people will land on the moon and stay 14 days. Place decent stack inside lava tube. Make sure oxygen and gas collectors are functioning properly. Test inflatable living quarters. Set up inflatable greenhouse. Begin growing crops. 2009

The Lunar Transfer Vehicle might be leased out to other companies or governments in between missions.

Krushchev    Manned. 5 People. 6 Weeks on Surface. Place Decent Stack inside Lava Tube. Check equipment. Tend and expand greenhouses. Live in inflatable habitats. Build pilot habitat made of lunar materials such as rock. 2010

Webb        5 People. 12 Weeks. Expand and test closed-loop life support system. Seal and test out habitat made of lunar materials while living in inflatables. Experiment with many different methods for building with lunar materials. Use new de-pressurized ascent vehicle. 2010 This is the start of permanent base staffing.

Van Braun    5 People. 12 Weeks. Continues to developed closed-loop life support system. Live in inflatables. Build full size habitat from lunar materials. Experiment with ways to seal a lava tube. 2011

Tsiolkovsky    7 People. 12 Weeks. Expand closed-loop life support systems. Live in rock habitat and inflatables. Begin building wall to seal off section of lava tube. Use new de-pressurized ascent vehicle. 2011

Goddard    12 People. 1 Year. Continue work on wall. Use new pressurized ascent vehicle. 2011-2012

O’Neil        12 People. 1 Year. Finish Wall. 2012

Copernicus    12 People. 1 and a half years. Seal, Pressurize and Live in Lava Tube. 2012-2013

Kepler        12 People. 2 Years. Build second wall to partition lava tube. Begin Sealing second section. 2013-2014

Korolev    12 People. 2 Years. Seal second lava tube section. Prepare colony for tourists. 2014-2015

Chelomei    12 People. 2 Years. Complete tourist accommodations. Pressurize second section of tube. Build homes and other buildings. 2015-2016



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