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Blog Post
22 May 2024
Registry of Accidents and Issues

Towards a Community-led Lunar Accidents, Incidents, and Issues Reporting System (LAIIRS)

Open Lunar Foundation has decided to build on its past work on the [Lunar Registry of Objects and Activities](https://www.openlunar.org/projects/lunar-registry) to investigate the creation of a community-led Lunar Accidents, Incidents, and Issues Reporting System.

Ali Nasseri

Blog Post
8 May 2024
Community Review

Envisioning the Future of Lunar Exploration: A Community Review of Lunar Payloads

A community review for Lunar payloads aims to capture diverse perspectives and insights from within the community and serves as an avenue to receive feedback from the community, provide stop-gap regulation and incentivize good behaviour as the number and complexity of Lunar missions grow.

Abbhinav Muralidharan

Announcement
22 Apr 2024

Open Lunar and International Space University: Mutual Affirmation of Alignment and Coordination

Open Lunar is pleased to announce a mutual affirmation of alignment and coordination in support of the important work of the International Space University.

Jacob Malthouse

Blog Post
4 Apr 2024

The Case for Lunar Power Standards

Standards have contributed to our growth and prosperity, making possible entire industries that constitute the backbone of the modern, globalized world. Space has reaped many benefits from standardization too, and standardization still occurs regularly and within all the areas of the New Space economy. The Moon shall be the next among those areas for standardization, starting from power.

Paolo Pino

Announcement
26 Mar 2024

Open Lunar and ASU Interplanetary Initiative: Aligning for a Sustainable Lunar Future

Open Lunar is pleased to announce a mutual affirmation of alignment and coordination in support of the important work of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative.

Jacob Malthouse

Fundraising Research Associate – Contract RFP

Open Lunar is seeking to develop a database of grant-making institutions that are accepting grants and may be excited to support our work. 

Announcement
15 Mar 2024

What’s needed next for the Moon

The norms and policies for how we operate on and around the Moon are being developed in real-time. What precedents do we want set? How can we balance intentionality with experimentation? Read on for deeper insights into these questions and more.

Chelsea Robinson
Blog Post
14 Mar 2024

Introducing Prototype and Proposal of a Lunar Registry of Objects and Activities- Event Recording

Introducing Prototype and Proposal of a Lunar Registry of Objects and Activities! The Lunar Registry aims to create a comprehensive database of Lunar objects and activities. As Lunar activities intensify, the need for such a registry is becoming increasingly crucial for a variety of stakeholders. Watch the video of the introduction of this proposal by the Open Lunar fellow who led it, Eric Cremer.

Eric Cremer, Rachel Williams, Harshita Khera, Jacob Malthouse
Video
11 Mar 2024
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Space for impact: are the conditions ripe? We think so.

If you’re considering getting involved in Open Lunar and the lunar community from outside the space sector, this piece is for you.

Chelsea Robinson
Blog Post
14 Feb 2024

Introducing Open Lunar Fellows and Research Priorities 2024- Event Recording

Introducing Open Lunar Fellows for 2024! If you missed the event, check out the recording below to meet the next cohort, get to know the incredible individuals who will be spearheading our research initiatives in 2024 and delve into the captivating world of lunar exploration and discover our new areas of research.

Jacob Malthouse, Rachel Williams, Harshita Khera, Paolo Pino, Daniel Tompkins, Ashley Kosak, Abbhinav Muralidharan, Ali Nasseri
Video
7 Feb 2024
Registry of Accidents and Issues , Lunar Power Standards, Payload X, Community Review, Landing Pads

Thanks for All the Fish

After 6 years of growth and success, our co-founder and co-leader, Chelsea Robinson is stepping out of her roles at Open Lunar. Read the key takeways and highlights of her time at Open Lunar.

Chelsea Robinson
Announcement
16 Jan 2024

2023 In Review: Building Momentum Towards Lunar Impact

Jacob Malthouse
Update
15 Dec 2023

Introducing Our Affiliate Program: How We’re Connecting Disciplines to Inform our Work and How You Can Get Involved.

In this blog, you’ll learn how we are bringing together diverse minds to foster and nurture innovative research and projects that promote lunar stewardship through this affiliate program. Affiliates are a select group of people, one subset of many parts of our community, and we look forward to growing this trusted group over time.

Rachel Williams, Chelsea Robinson
Announcement
26 Oct 2023

Announcing Open Lunar Fund-a-Fellow 2024 Campaign

The Fund a Fellow campaign is back. This fall we will be highlighting our fellowship program through an exciting campaign #fundafellow. Read the blog for more details and visit the [Fund a Fellow website](https://www.openlunar.org/fellow).

Jacob Malthouse
Announcement
6 Oct 2023

Our New Independent Project Evaluation Process Explained

Twice a year, we take a pause on coaching to evaluate the current direction, level of support, and future outlook of our projects. This piece will explain how we conduct this process and the important role of outside evaluators.

Chelsea Robinson, Rachel Williams
Update
6 Oct 2023
Breaking Ground Trust, Lunar Policy Platform

How our Network Turned 33 Novel Lunar Ideas into 7 Hunch Fellowships: The 2023 Ideas to Hunches Process Explained.

Collaboratively developing ideas into hunches was a major milestone in Open Lunar’s development. Previously, our process for developing ideas around our fellowships was run by a small group of highly engaged experts. This worked well, but we wanted to see what would happen if we really opened up our approach to collecting ideas and collaborating on their evaluation. We are called “Open” Lunar, after all! In this piece we want to share two things: 1. Explain the final step in our hunch selection. 2. Share the complete list of ideas which were evaluated by our community in 2023.

Rachel Williams, Jacob Malthouse, Chelsea Robinson
Update
27 Sep 2023

Innovation Process Launch- Event Recording

Introducing Open Lunar's innovative approach to Lunar Stewardship! We are thrilled to announce Open Lunar's innovation process, aimed at creating sustainable support systems for lunar projects that enhance cooperation and good governance. Watch the video of the event that launched this process.

Jacob Malthouse, Rachel Williams, Chris Hadfield
Video
18 Sep 2023

Our Upcoming Areas of Research

We are excited to unveil the areas we're concentrating on for our forthcoming fellowship cohort, launching in January 2024.

Rachel Williams
Blog Post
11 Sep 2023
Timekeeping & Lunar Clocks, Pad for Humanity: Lunar Landing Pads

Deciding Where We Invest

Open Lunar's focus is creating impact toward a future on the Moon that we are all proud of, not just adding more to the lunar ecosystem for the sake of its growth. This post expands on the beginning of our innovation process: Downselecting from a backlog of Ideas to Hunches worth dedicating research fellowships to.

Chelsea Robinson
Blog Post
22 Aug 2023

How the Astra Carta can Transform Space Governance

The Astra Carta, a joint statement of intent towards space sustainability, was launched on 28 June by King Charles. The Open Lunar Team and Directors played a central role in the development of the Zero Draft, drawing on the deep expertise that we have in space, technology, sustainable development and global policy.

Jacob Malthouse
Blog Post
10 Aug 2023

What we do on the Moon can transform how we live on Earth. It starts with community.

As one of the founders of the ESG movement, I have witnessed the transformational power of small teams in the right place at the right time. I believe that the Open Lunar Foundation is one of those teams. Open Lunar has the potential to drive the creation of an approach to Lunar settlement that puts stewardship first.

Jacob Malthouse
Blog Post
9 Aug 2023

Possibilities for a Local Lunar Time Standard

The event celebrated the launch of the Timekeeping White Paper which discusses the potential benefits and challenges of establishing a local lunar time standard and its implications for lunar missions, including its compatibility with existing lunar initiatives.

Philip Linden, Samuel Jardine, Jessy Kate Schingler, Chelsea Robinson
Video
9 Aug 2023
Timekeeping & Lunar Clocks

Creating Lunar Stewardship - Behind the Scenes of our Innovation Process

This year, Open Lunar has worked to codify and clarify our process to multiply our impact, enhance our focus, engage more people, and provide more certainty, so our engine of innovation can thrive. This post will outline both this new approach and how we arrived at it.

Chelsea Robinson, Jacob Malthouse
Blog Post
9 Aug 2023

Open Lunar’s Board is Growing! Help us Fill Two New Board Positions.

We’re excited to share that Open Lunar is now recruiting for two Board positions! In March, the current Board of Directors conducted a thorough review of Open Lunar’s governance. As part of that process, the Board agreed to add two new directors. This will take our Board from five to seven members.

Jacob Malthouse
Announcement
25 Jul 2023

Launch Event Video: Bright Moon - Creating a Global Registry of Lunar Activities

This event marked the launch of the Registry Project White Paper which provides an insightful exploration of the creation of an open, transparent, and dedicated lunar registry that will catalogue crucial mission details such as launch state, operating actor, location, time, and more.

Rachel Williams, Samuel Jardine, Jacob Malthouse, Chelsea Robinson
Blog Post
23 Apr 2023
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Launching the Lunar Policy Handbook: Guiding Responsible and Sustainable Development of the Moon

The Lunar Policy Handbook is a reference guidebook for government personnel and private actors in the space industry. It is designed to be a high-level guide that is useful for a broad audience of space actors, outlining policy issues and operational considerations related to lunar activities.

Héloïse Vertadier
Announcement
26 Mar 2023

How a Lunar Registry Can Increase Mission Success

A voluntary Lunar Registry would not replace or render governmental or intergovernmental registries obsolete. Rather, it would complement them by providing a simple, flexible and neutral opportunity for missions to share and coordinate information.

Rachel Williams
Blog Post
16 Dec 2022
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Open Lunar Timekeeping Project Blog Post Series: Blog 2

A cooperative, decentralized network of timekeeping devices could offer an agile, affordable approach to supporting an ecosystem of actors in cislunar space.

Philip Linden
Blog Post
16 Dec 2022
Timekeeping & Lunar Clocks

Building Lunar Security and Cooperation Through an Astropolitcal Lens- how to construct normative behaviours on the moon- enter the registry

Norms, particularly transparency, are needed to stabilise competition and promote cooperation on the Moon. However, these are not created in a vacuum but require their own tools and frameworks to develop, champion, and facilitate the adoption of the norm among the intended community of actors.

Samuel Jardine
Blog Post
15 Dec 2022
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Building Lunar Security and Cooperation Through an Astropolitical Lens- Why Normative Behaviours are Needed for Lunar Activity

Normative behaviours are integral to fostering a coherent community of actors and promoting peace and stability for existing treaties and aspirational goals. The author explains why normative behaviours are needed for Lunar activity.

Samuel Jardine
Blog Post
14 Dec 2022

Open Lunar Timekeeping Project Blog Post Series: Blog 1

The author's research is focused on considering possible architectures for an open and independent time standard for cislunar space. First in a series.

Philip Linden
Deep Dive
14 Dec 2022
Timekeeping & Lunar Clocks

Building Lunar Security and Cooperation Through an Astropolitical Lens- Why Normative Behaviours are Needed for Lunar Activity

Normative behaviours are integral to fostering a coherent community of actors and promoting peace and stability for existing treaties and aspirational goals. The author aims to explain why normative behaviours are needed for Lunar activity.

Samuel Jardine
Blog Post
21 Nov 2022
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Building Lunar Security and Cooperation Through an Astropolitical Lens- the role of normative behaviours in creating stability.

This blog posts series will analyse the political backdrop for an independent multi-stakeholder Lunar activity registry, highlighting why it’s needed and how it might help. These are the precursors to a more comprehensive White Paper which we’ll be working on over the coming months.

Samuel Jardine
Deep Dive
11 Nov 2022
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Incentives and Barriers to Corporate Engagement with the Lunar Registry

The author exploers the incentive structures that would enable commercial participation in a Lunar Registry through a series of related posts.

Rachel Williams
Blog Post
10 Nov 2022
A Lunar Registry of Activities and Objects

Last-mile Analogies for a Lunar Communications Network

There is an opportunity for actors interested in entering the lunar communications space to learn from the best practices of network infrastructure providers (ISPs/IXPs), as well as the open source community.

Mariam Naseem
Deep Dive
26 Jan 2022
Lunar Communications

Research Showcase Event Video July 2021

Every few months, we work to collate all our recent insights and share it publicly in a rare and powerful summary of the work that we do. In this event you'll hear from five researchers, four of which are part of our esteemed Fellowship program, as well as Dr Woods, Senior Researcher and lunar engineer.

Alex Gilbert, Chelsea Robinson, Juno Woods, Ethan Hudgins, Maria Rhimbassen, Chelsea McMahon
Video
16 Jun 2021

Open Lunar Statement to the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommitee

When Open Lunar began, policy and governance for lunar activities was considered obscure. Just a few short years ago, the idea of discussing space resources at COPUOS was almost unthinkable. Since then, it has become clear that there are numerous legal and policy questions and the Moon is likely to be our first test.

Video
8 Jun 2021

Identifying Governance Challenges for Nuclear Energy on the Moon

As countries and companies look to expand economic and scientific activities to the Moon and beyond, the performance advantages of nuclear energy underlie renewed interest in the technology, and iterative development of national and international law is needed to establish sustainable governance.

Deep Dive
6 Jun 2021

“Breaking Ground” - A Lunar Resources Trust

Today we announce Breaking Ground, a lunar resources trust which will exist to steward and demonstrate formal and effective institutional management of lunar resources between different stakeholders.

Chelsea Robinson, Jessy Kate Schingler, Héloïse Vertadier
Blog Post
3 Jun 2021
Breaking Ground Trust

Open Lunar Fellowship Showcase: Event Video

Open Lunar Foundation leads a Fellowship program inviting experts across multiple sectors to contributor their talents towards the mission of a peaceful cooperative long term future on the Moon which benefits all life.

Cenan Al-Ekabi, Ruvimbo Samanga, Giuliana Rotola, Jeffrey Montes, Chelsea Robinson
Blog Post
19 May 2021

Research Showcase

Get inspired by our latest research on lunar governance, security and resource management.

Nivedita Raju, Lukas Kuhn, Héloïse Vertadier, Chelsea Robinson
Video
19 May 2021
Breaking Ground Trust

Introduction to Polycentricity

Polycentricity is not a new concept, however it is also not yet mainstream. We believe this concept is central to designing the future of institutions, public goods, utilities management and more within the lunar economy.

Lukas Kuhn
Blog Post
13 Oct 2020

Blog: Norms and Public Choice Theory on the Moon, a summary of concepts.

A series of frameworks and conceptual tools for analysing norms on the Moon.

Eliot Kemper
Blog Post
30 Apr 2020