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Settlement - Spudis VSE Moon NewSpace 2009

Settlement - Spudis VSE Moon NewSpace 2009

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Paul D. Spudis
Lunar and Planetary Institute
spudis@lpi.usra.eduwww.spudislunarresources.com
The Moon and the Vision for SpaceExploration
NewSpace 2009
NASA Ames Research Center 
20 July, 2009
 
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The Problem
Our ultimate goal in space isto go anywhere, anytimewith as much capability aswe needWe are mass- and power-limited with our spacecraftand thus, capability-limitedWe will remain so as long aswe are restricted to whatwe can lift out of Earth’sgravity well
To extend our reach and capability, we must learn touse what we find in space to create new spacefaringcapabilities
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Space faring: Changing the Rules
Current template
Custom-built, self-contained,mission-specific spacecraftLaunch on expendable vehiclesOperate for set lifetimeAbandon after useRepeat
New template
Incremental, extensible buildingblocksExtract material and energyresources
of 
space to use
in
 spaceLaunch only what cannot befabricated or built in spaceBuild and operate flexible, modular,extensible in-space systemsMaintain, expand and use indefinitely
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