Our work sets precedents, creates pathways and builds projects that enable a peaceful, cooperative lunar presence.

Open Lunar has an ambitious mission. We work to ensure that as human civilization expands beyond Earth, our presence in space reflects the multi-generational opportunity we have to progress open-ness, innovative governance, community leadership and technical excellence.

Read more about our approach and network below.

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A peaceful presence on the Moon.

In 2018 a small group of friends - with decades of experience in space exploration and technology - realized that the Moon was critical infrastructure for humanity.

Open Lunar was founded as a California 501c3 non-profit organization to set precedents and create pathways for peaceful, cooperative lunar settlement. Headquartered in San Francisco, we operate globally and welcome participation from around the world.

Since founding, Open Lunar has supported dozens of research fellowships, supported the UN Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space as an active observer, launched initiatives such as Moon Dialogs, supported the King of England's Astra Carta, and engaged informally with many more projects and organizations in support of our goal.

We run an open innovation process empowered by our network.

Powered by open principles and global contributions.

The Moon deserves all of our expertise as we consider what stewardship looks like in practice. Open Lunar works with a broad network of stakeholders, well beyond the space industry.


Open Lunar Foundation was founded in 2018 and has been building projects and publishing practical research ever since. Our organization is led by an experienced, passionate team and powered by a global network of professionals.


Our Board of Directors represents decades of space exploration, science and policy experience. Directors meet quarterly, with one in person annual meeting. In addition to providing strategic guidance and support, our Directors review and approve our operating plan and budget.

Meet our Community


Open Lunar’s community is made up of a network of “Affiliates” who work with us and alongside us towards a shared vision in their own arena. Affiliates form an important aspect of our operating system, where we take ideas through stages of development and maturity.