Open Lunar Foundation (openlunar.org) works to create a peaceful, cooperative, long term human presence on the Moon for the benefit of all life. One of the many programs within the Foundation is our research work conducted at the leading edge of critical questions regarding lunar futures. 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.
Check out our speakers list, and the topics they will cover:
In alphabetical order –
Alex Gilbert: "Safety zones can be a viable pathway to mitigate conflict over lunar activities but must be developed in an iterative, consultation based manner with private sector buy-in"
Chelsea McMahon: "Commercial space has the potential to achieve rapid growth and innovation with collective invention, as demonstrated by its success in the tech and automotive industries. A better grip on exports controls and government funding for open source tools can help create a culture for collaboration."
Ethan Hudgins: "Zoning will take place in some form, ranging from a comprehensive multi-stakeholder approach to a de facto result of spatial development patterns. Pragmatic zoning policies will improve the productivity and efficiency of lunar settlements; institutional capacity will be critical to legislating zoning policy."
Dr Juno Woods: "There are a number of lessons the space industry could borrow from academia and the tech industry about knowledge creation. Mainly, the adoption of a more collaborative approach could save significant amounts of time and money and help us settle space more equitably, more safely, and more quickly, but many organizations are held back by a lack of clarity in and confusion over US export control regulations."
Maria Rhimbassen: "The increasing privatization and commercialization trend of the space sector implies the growing role played by transnational commercial law and competition clashes to be solved through antitrust which can potentially collide with the higher ethical principles as enshrined within the international space law framework. For this reason, a new legal field of "space antitrust" based on these ethics serving as catalyst beacons for incentivizing compliance towards a sustainable space ecosystem is recommended."
You can see previous events of a similar nature below: