L U N A R P I O N E E R S
A SCIENCE-BASED NOVEL ABOUT LIVING, WORKING,
AND SETTLING ON THE MOON IN 2050
Philip Robert Harris, Ph.D.
Technical Advisor: David G. Schrunk, M. D.
- A SCIENCE-BASED NOVEL ABOUT LIVING, WORKING,
SETTLING ON THE MOON IN 2050
Philip R. Harris, Ph.D.
David G. Schrunk, M.D., Technical Advisor
? 2010 The Moon Society
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword – Madhu Thangavelu
Prologue – David G. Schrunk
About the Author and Technical Advisor
1. LUNAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 2050
Going Beyond Earth to Mons Malapert….LUNA WORLD – Buzz Aldrin
Lunaport….Luna University Orientation for Class of 2050….LUNA WORLD
History….Lunar Pioneers….Suspicions of Peacekeeping Corps Director.
2. SURVIVING, PERFORMING AND PROSPERING OFFWORLD
Class of 2050 Orientation – Day 2….Luna University Faculty Greetings….
Peacekeeping Corps Investigation….Krafft Ehricke Luna
Industrial Park….Going to the Lunar Surface….Fascinating Aspects of Lunar
Terrain….Orientation – Day 3….Orientation – Day 4….Field Trip To
Shackleton Crater….John F. Kennedy Luna Base….Report on the Visitor
from Thailand….Orientation – Day 5 – Luna Infrastructure Development
Corporation…. Eastasia Residential Community….Orientation – Day 6 –
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Science Center….Euramer Residential
Community….Peacekeeping Officer Missing….Orientation Day 7 – Martha
Rogers Wellness Center.
3. CONSTRUCTING A LUNA SETTLEMENT AND CIVILIZATION
Meeting of the LUNA WORLD Architectural Council….Intrigue About Mineral
Mining and Gemstone Manufacturing….Greenwood Communication
Center….Selenians at Work….LUNA WORLD Children.
4. USING LUNA ROBOTS AND ADUTOMATED SYSTEMS
Automation & Robotic Corps Accomplishments….Elashmawi Muslim Family Life
….Search for Missing Peacekeeper Confirms First Luna Murder….Prisoner
Sentenced for Breaking the LW Behavior Code….Luna Medical and Health Care.
5. CREATING LUNA UTILITY & TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
Selenopolis’ Entrepreneurial Society….Ciecumferential Grid of Luna Utilities and
Transportation ….Expanding the Luna Railroad System….Classmates Gather for
Luna Marriage Celebration….Honeymooners Use the Figure-eight Cycle Ferry to L1
Station….An Astronomer and His Luna Family.
6. HIGH FRONTIER SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY
Maximizing Lunar Environment for Humanity through the Hoyle Science Center,
Criswell Energy Center, and Weiner Center for Cybernetics….The Art of Science in
Unusual Lunar Circumstances….Automated Astronomy at the International Luna
Observatory and Expansion of Astronomic Activities….Schrunk Family Reunion
and Musical….Delahunt and Rodgers Family Discuss Space Art….Progress Reports
at Sixth Months Class Reunion….Debate Over Astronauts or Robonauts on
Deep Space Missions.
7. EXPANDING LUNA SOLAR POWER AND ENERGY
Developing a Luna Solar Power System….Protecting Lunar Mineral
Rights….Energy and Power from Fusion Technology….The Future Third City
named Artemis….Results of The Space Settlement Act….Hologram Memorial to
Krafft Ehricke Promotes Tourism.
8. DISCOVERING NEW KNOWLEDGE AND LUNA INNOVATIONS
Synergy through the Open Luna Foundation and Micro-Ecological Life Support….
Luna Green Enterprise….Celebrating Humanity’s First Lunar Landing….Tu Yang
Plans Marriage and a Luna Golf Course….Fertilization Proposal for Future
Colonization of Mars.
9. CONTRACTORS AND TECHNAUTS ON THE MOON
Purpose and Activities of the LW Contractors Corps….Possible Luna Golf Star
Identified….Solar Particle Event Injures Contractor while Robomedics
Respond….The Harris Twins Play with Challenger Center Computer
Games….Singularity University Contractors Innovate through LW Commerce
10. COPING WITH LUNAR CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS
Avoiding Near-Moon Objects through Emergency Service Corps….Classmates
Try Out Underground Pitch & Put Golfing….Astrolaw and the Quality of Laws
Institute….Luna Conflict Management among Contractors.
11. PLANNING STRATEGIES FOR MARS AND BEYOND
LW’s Mars Society Advocates….Planning for a Human Mission to Mars in 2051….
Marsnauts to Fly Directly to Red Planet from Moon….Plans Presented at Mars
Infrastructure Development Corporation’s Symposium….Final Mars Mission
for Mars Mission….Luna Decision by LIDC and MIDC….Crew Selections
Broadcasting Corporation’ Special on Mythology.
12. IMAGINING A FUTURE SPACE CIVILIZATION
Delegates Reception for the Interplanetary Convocation on Galaxy
Consciousness….Keynote Speakers Address Convocation Founders….
Ehricke’s Daughter Wows Conference Audience….Delegates Present Group
Discussion Reports….Luna Tourism Corps Takes Delegates on Tour of the Moon….
New Years Eve Party for Delegates and Residents.
The Moon as photographed from Apollo 17 by last humans there in 1972. Now
spacefarers are scheduled to return permanently to our sister planet in 2020 or thereafter!
To the many thousands of high performing
aerospace professionals and public servants who made it possible for the first humans to land and walk on the Moon, July 29, 1969 and thereafter.
st And to those in this 21 Century who facilitate
humanity permanent return to the Moon and work for its development. Lunar industrialization and settlement will enable our species to become a spacefaring civilization! ==============================================================
It is now more than 50 years since the dawn of the space age, and even today much of space activity remains the monopoly of governments and their sensitive defense establishments. Space exploration budgets are closely tied to defense and intelligence pursuits, and are all linked in some way, shape or form. Indeed, it is correct to say that space activity is a niche human endeavor and not yet fully integrated into the mainstream of peaceful, sustainable, progressive human activities.
Commerce, the lifeblood of modern civilization and a chief agent of transformation, continually creates, evolves and sustains mainstream activities. Transportation infrastructures, housing, factories, and manufacturing and energy production and distribution are clearly mainstream activities. The recent proliferation of Internet technology and associated business developments, which continue to spur its growth at a stunning pace in arenas as diverse as education, telemedicine and gaming, make it an ubiquitous and mainstream activity.
Energy production and distribution, with the petroleum industry now playing a significant role, is a mainstream activity. While the media these days tends to highlight our addiction to fossil fuels and its effects on the biosphere, we rarely pay attention to the fact that petroleum by-product utilization, like polymer technology, have entered the mainstream and become an integral part of daily life for all of modern civilization. Nor do we seriously examine how space-based energy can solve our need for endless, clean, global electric power.
Today space exploration programs, both manned and robotic, are not yet mainstream activities. The allotted budgets for space exploration across the entire world simply pales in comparison to the resources oil companies bring to bear just for prospecting – exploring for new oil fields.
National space budgets of most countries are but a fraction of that provided for defense and military forces. However, even while shackled to national security, space activity has managed to grow roots into modern society and continues to engage our noblest aspirations and uplift the human spirit. But its potential will not be achieved until national priorities are altered toward greater utilization of space resources!
A ringing success story of space entering the mainstream is telecommunications. Ten years after the birth of the space age, satellites were beaming TV pictures around the world and people were watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon. Twenty years later, geosynchronous communications networks made the world smaller by hooking up the financial and commerce hubs of the world and transporting
data in ways and rates that terrestrial systems find hard to compete with, even in the age of the Internet and surplus dark fiber. Space telecommunications is now a sturdy and lucrative industry, which is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the mainstream customer in the world of commerce and media, while supporting the all-around needs of the defense establishment as well. It is a forerunner of many other space industries yet to emerge, perhaps with space tourism next.
What are the other areas of mainstream human pursuits where space can play a significant role? The production of non-polluting, environmentally friendly power from solar energy in space and its transmission and distribution globally could be a very lucrative industry. Such a vision was first proposed in the 1960s, and after many iterations and reincarnations at various think tanks and conferences, it now again is becoming a strategic interest of both our nation and all the exponentially growing economies around the world. Wireless transmission of energy, also known as power beaming, has inherent implications for environmental modification as well. This nascent technology, which would allow us to control weather by design to ameliorate the effects of hurricanes and precipitation that cause deluges and droughts, could become a beneficial off-shoot of space-based energy production. Power beaming, when trained outwards into space also could provide energy for spacecraft. Some concepts even propose using such beams to mitigate rogue asteroids that might endanger Earth.
Improved transportation is a vital infrastructure where the need is growing, ratcheting up the technologies for quicker access to the various metropolitan cities all over the world. Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt now compete on equal footing with Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo. In this flat world model, quick and efficient international transportation plays an even more crucial role. Trans-atmospheric vehicles, based on crafts like the space shuttle, could usher us into a new era in mainstream global transportation. Innovative spaceplanes and spaceports could provide rapid, subsonic point-to-point, rapid movement of travelers and cargo.
If space activity can do for energy production, power distribution (with potential for environment modification technologies) and transport infrastructure in the next three decades what it did for telecommunications in the last three, the ramifications for modern society are truly staggering. Cheap and clean power in space and on Earth, and the ability to move goods and people swiftly around the world in a fraction of the time that it takes today, would make the world smaller and perhaps a much more tightly knit community.
The emerging private space companies, with little or no government support, are helping to mainstream space. Virgin Galactic and Burt
Rutan’s SpaceShip series are quite close to carrying people to the edge of
space while ground support infrastructure is being created in parallel. Bigelow Aerospace, with hard data trickling down from test articles in orbit now, is getting ready to commission its luxury hotels. Teaming with SpaceDev, Bigelow also is planning tourist missions to the lunar surface. The Falcon series of launchers by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will soon bring competitive pricing to the market. The X Prize Foundation, which successfully administered the first completely private suborbital spaceflight, now has teamed with Google Inc. to offer a prize for the first nongovernmental lunar surface mission. Other companies are working on spacesuits and related products and some have their eyes on the Moon, asteroids and beyond.
All such undertakings will contribute to new progressive and self-sustaining industries, catering to a wide range of economic interests. Just as the petroleum industry and the Internet now pervade every aspect of mainstream society, the space industry has the potential to transform modern civilization. While many of us are wary of actions that might lead to an arms race in the orbital regime and weapons in space, the leaders of nations also know that peaceful space activity is the ultimate international arena for collaboration. When space commerce between nations grows, so do synergistic bonds which result in goodwill and peace dividends. There is no doubt in my mind that mainstream space activity holds the key for a peaceful and vibrant, pluralistic and multicultural modern civilization in this 21st century.
That essentially is the message which Lunar Pioneers seeks to convey
through this fictional story that is based on scientific research and forecasts. In this sequel, the author focuses our attention on lunar developments in the year 2050. Dr. Philip Harris challenges his readers to consider futuristic possibilities if we work together in industrializing and settling the Moon in this century!
- Madhu Thangavelu conducts the Graduate Space Concepts Studio in the Department of Astronautics and School of Architecture at University of Southern California. He is co-author of The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement which has become
a classic in professional space literature.
THE REALM OF OUTER SPACE: Exploration begins in the Earth-Moon twin planet system. Then humanity will extend itself beyond into the Solar System, beginning with
Mars and the asteroids.
[Source: Pioneering the Space Frontier by the National Commission on Space. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1986.]
Fiction can be a way of entering into the future. Many of tomorrow’s
possibilities discussed in past science fiction are today’s realities. What humans imagine can, in time, be transformed into experience. Lunar Pioneers is such a book, for it is *based on the authors’ scientific research and professional publications. This prologue by
Dr. Schrunk is based upon his “Planet Moon Project” which is summarized below as an scientific +entry to our novel:
stLunar Development in the 21 Century
thThe spectacular advances of science, engineering, and the humanities in the 20
century established the basis for creating permanent human settlements in space in the st21 century. Since the Moon is our closest celestial neighbor and is in orbit around the Earth, it will logically be the next principal focus of human exploration and settlement. The Moon is an unparalleled platform for astronomy and other scientific investigations, and for technological development. It also has access to the virtually unlimited energy and material resources of space, which can be applied to the global exploration and expansion of the Moon. Excess solar-electric power that is generated on the Moon can potentially supply the Earth with all of its future needs for clean, low-cost energy. These opportunities, combined with the universal desire of humanity to explore and settle new lands, assure that the global transformation of the Moon into an inhabited sister planet of the Earth will become a reality in this century.
A major impediment to the exploration of space is the high cost of delivering cargoes from the surface of the Earth into space. For example, the cost of launching a payload into low earth orbit by the Space Shuttle is approximately $10,000 per pound, and that figure will be an order of magnitude higher for missions to the Moon. Thus it appears that even limited lunar projects will be prohibitively expensive, even with the design of an improved lunar transportation system. However, there are three emerging technologies that may delimit the cost of lunar industrial and scientific activities.
First, new generations of more cost-efficient, less complex launch vehicles will become available for space missions in the decades ahead. Second, advances in micro-device technology and the miniaturization of complex optoelectro mechanical systems within a nanotechnology regime will mean that increasingly smaller, yet more capable payloads can be delivered to the Moon. Third, and most important, methods will be developed for using lunar resources to manufacture everything that is needed on the Moon itself, rather than shipping goods from the Earth. This process of “in-situ resource
utilization,” or ISRU, will herald the most dramatic reduction in the cost of lunar projects. Finally, global economic instabilities, climate change, overpopulation, and excessive
; See The Moon: Resources, Future Development, and Settlement (2008) by David Schrunk, Burton
Sharpe, Bonnie Cooper?and Madhu Thangavelu….Space Enterprise – Living and Working stOffworld in the 21 Century (2009) by Philip Robert Harris, Both books are published by