Since 2018, Open Lunar has been investing in solutions that contribute to a peaceful Lunar presence. In 2023 we launched a new scalable and predictable approach that builds on this past work while making it easier to engage with.
Ideas: We're always in the market for new ideas. These can come from anywhere. We wouldn't be called Open Lunar if they couldn't! Every June & July we engage our community in a selection process that filters all the ideas we've received down to 4-6 keepers. These ideas we call 'hunches'.
Hunches: We announce our Hunches in September and recruit fellows to develop them between September and November. Hunch fellowships run from January - August. We intend them to be about an 8 hours a week investment, and fellows are compensated for their time. Hunch fellowships must have an output, this is typically a research paper, but can also be a concept of operations, a business plan, a standard or a technical specification.
Initiatives: Some of our Hunches become Initiatives. Initiatives are Hunches that our community thinks have legs. This means that they can potentially attract enough support to run as independent entities at some point in the future. We also support Initiatives that we think have intrinsic value for our mission, even if independent support isn't yet feasible.
We review all of our projects on an annual basis and we're always looking for partnerships that can help them grow. Whether you're an Academic institution, government, company, philanthropy or non-profit, reach out to us for a conversation!
These are the projects we're currently working on within the Open Lunar network. Click on the boxes to learn more about how these projects are contributing to a peaceful Lunar presence.
Investigating the design of a registry for logging accidents and issues across Lunar missions, inspired by FAA's Accident and Incident Data.
Investigating the potential for the standardization of power provision for Lunar missions, focusing on both public and private sector best practices on Earth and in Space.
Revisiting lunar settlement challenges with updated technology and proposing key payloads. What near-term payloads are most important for unlocking a sustainable Lunar presence?
Establishing a transparent community-driven payload review mechanism for Lunar missions, inspired by governance systems like those used by ICANN and the FAA.
Developing a business model for cooperative and sustainable lunar landing pad infrastructure.
Exploring the feasibility of zones on the moon ranging from unregulated areas to protective zones for specific activities.
The Lunar registry project aims to establish a neutral, independent source of truth where anyone can find information on past, current and future Lunar activities and objects.
LPP is aims to advance international Lunar policy discussions between government actors. It does this through a combination of qualitative research and advocacy with key stakeholders. This work is then synthesised to identify potential areas for progress.
BGT was created to demonstrate sustainable approaches to the institutional management of Lunar resources between different stakeholders. In doing so, BGT highlights gaps and encourages best practice thought leadership for sustainable Lunar resource management.