Business of the Artemis Project
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Private Enterprise in Space

Although it's not directly related to getting the initial lunar base going, business operations in cislunar space are important to the long-range financial forecast for a lunar community. That's why the cislunar space traffic model is so important to the Artemis Project. To have a thriving community on the moon, we'll need customers for lunar materials (oxygen, helium-3, etc.).

One of the major goals of the Artemis Project is to "bootstrap private industry into manned space operations". Satellite servicing is one example. Today, satellites aren't really designed to be refueled or upgraded in orbit, but when that service is available, they will be.

Our goal is to create the environment that makes all this possible, not to try to do it all ourselves. Having one big corporation that does everything is not a good idea.

It's difficult enough for the human mind to encompass the scope of the role The Lunar Resources Company plays in the Artemis Project. We can understand and appreciate all the other economic opportunities, but to handle the details of all those business plans and organizations would require a huge, lethargic bureacracy with managers reporting to managers reporting to managers, ad infinitum. It would make Exxon look like a mom & pop shop. (Exxon is huge, but they focus on one business and do it extremely well.)

We don't know what the optimum size for a corporate organization is, which is why we're already talking with other companies about making spacecraft and robots. They'll do what they do best so we can go to the moon and play in the sand.

There could be a technical problem with using manned spacecraft for servicing or retrieving communications satellites. Geostationary orbit is inside Earth's radiation belts, a place where humans would not want to loiter. However, we might send a lunar-fueled robotic craft into the radiation zone to retrieve the satellite, and use human hands service at a space station in a higher orbit.

Business of the Artemis Project

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