Space Policy Vets: U.S. Interests Best Served By Global Moon Initiative

By Mark Carreau
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Golden Spike is looking to a customer base that includes foreign powers in plans to mount commercial expeditions to the lunar surface. Space Adventures intends to transport space tourists on Apollo 8 style missions that circle the Moon.

As part of a U.S.-led global lunar engagement, NASA should establish an international framework to develop key technologies for future missions to the asteroids and Mars, including nuclear propulsion to dramatically cut travel times and radiation protection, according to Walker.

“We’ve worked them preliminarily. They are there to be created,” said Walker. “That makes it politically saleable.”