Spaceport Associates develops policy, and advocates for commercial space and space exploration, leading to space resource capture and eventual space settlement. The Founder, Derek Webber, was Vice Chair of the international judging panel for the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition – aimed at developing capabilities for private commercial access to the Lunar surface. In that capacity, Webber was responsible for steps taken to protect Lunar Heritage sites during the competition, and has subsequently taken a leadership position in the organization “For All Moonkind” which aims to provide an international regulatory basis for such protections. Derek Webber gave a TED Talk in Budapest to emphasize why and how this should be done, see the following link, and the photo of his combined talk on Google Lunar XPRIZE and Lunar Heritage Protection at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, October 2018. The concept of protection of the lunar legacy sites has now been accepted, taken up, and included in the NASA Artemis Accords as Section 9. Current activities focus on Lunar surface habitation and development, through involvement in Working Groups of the Vienna-based U.N.-related organization The Moon Village Association (MVA). In particular, Webber is Co-Chair of the Working Group on Lunar Commerce and Economics in that NGO.
Commercial Development of the Moon
Commercial development of the Moon will involve eventually establishing a regulatory agency for the Moon, with jurisdiction over such matters as:
- Safety Zones and Interference Protection
- Heritage Sites Protection
- Registry of Locations and Activities
- Infrastructure and Support Services (eg Rescue)
- Best Practices for Sustainability and Safety
- Sharing of Finite Resources, eg water, power during lunar night
In addition, there needs to be development work associated with establishing the various anticipated Moon business markets, such as lunar space tourism, resource processing, manufacture, production, construction, power generation, landing zone operations, etc.