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Space Horizons 2016


International City On The Moon

Feb 19 – 21, 2016 | Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Brown University

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Space Horizons 2016


International City On The Moon

Feb 19 – 21, 2016 | Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Brown University

 
 

Out there, you are limitless
 

Space Horizons 2016 ended with a great success, with more than 100 students and professionals from industry, government and academia. We have looked at the problems (technical, political, architectural, financial), barriers and possible solutions to make revolutionary ideas real.

A summary article by Brown Daily Herald, a student newspaper at Brown University, is available here: For Space Horizons participants, next stop is Moon

 
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2.19 - DAY 1


FROM THE MISSION MINDSET TO SETTLEMENT

 

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2.19 - DAY 1


FROM THE MISSION MINDSET TO SETTLEMENT

 

 

Through our history, mankind has dreamt of human settlement beyond earth, extending our society into near and deep space.

A city on the moon has been a dream realized so far only in science fiction and the long term planning of space agencies. Since the apollo era, the lunar city has been the subject of numerous books and papers with promising plans for lunar bases – but none of them have been realized or even attempted.

The mission mindset established at the birth of the space age aims at exploration, not settlement. Establishing a sustainable community on the moon is a challenge of immense scale, but with the promise of great diversity in the types of challenges it presents and talents it requires.

The future of space is in widening our community to include the diversity of points of view, of interests and of capabilities required to project a permanent international city onto and possibly under, the surface of the moon.

Space Horizons 2016 kicked off with a personal video letter sent from Dr. Wörner, the director general of European Space Agency, who explained his concept of an international MoonVillage. This introduction was then followed by Professor Fleeter from The School of Engineering at Brown University, also known as the cofounder of Space Horizons. His talk was followed by a series of industry experts who explained their views of the international lunar city concept from their own perspectives.

The full schedule is available here: Schedule

 
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2.20 - DAY 2


Integrative Approach To The Lunar City

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2.20 - DAY 2


Integrative Approach To The Lunar City

 

Integrative Approach To The Lunar City

Settling on a celestial body is far different from simply going there. To establish a sustainable living environment on the moon, one needs to think not only about science and engineering but also take into consideration the psychological, architectural, societal, anthropological, political and economic aspects.

The planning of the lunar city must be built upon the integration of all these aspects. Space Horizons 2016 introduced an integrative design approach to move the lunar city concept forward. 


WORKSHOP CONTENT

On Day 2, each workshop team (see below for more) produced a set of compelling arguments to realize the lunar city concept. They explored some of the hidden opportunities, benefits, motivation and challenges.

The workshop adopted design thinking promoted by a global design consultancy firm, IDEO, and encouraged a hands-on, intense ideation process. The workshop participants actively brainstormed, discussed and came up with research topics and proposed solutions to solving grand challenges associated with the establishment of an international lunar city.

The participants were ecnouraged to think beyond their immediate areas of expertise and interact with different disciplines. We saw business persons interact with geologists, architecture students collaborating with politicians. Although this may have been uncomfortable to some initially, such a multidisciplinary learning environment led to some unprecedented perspectives.

 
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Business & ECONOMICS


What are the economic benefits for the participating companies and countries, and what commercial opportunities are there on the moon that could stimulate and sustain economic activities on the moon?

 

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Business & ECONOMICS


What are the economic benefits for the participating companies and countries, and what commercial opportunities are there on the moon that could stimulate and sustain economic activities on the moon?

 

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Science


What scientific research could we conduct on the Moon that could help us understand our past, present and future, and improve the lives of people living in the lunar city?

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Science


What scientific research could we conduct on the Moon that could help us understand our past, present and future, and improve the lives of people living in the lunar city?

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INFRASTRUCTURE


What urban planning considerations should be built into our framework to establish a sustainable lunar ecosystem that maximizes safety, human interaction and accessibility?

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INFRASTRUCTURE


What urban planning considerations should be built into our framework to establish a sustainable lunar ecosystem that maximizes safety, human interaction and accessibility?

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Politics


What are the political motivations for the participating countries, and what systems of governance do we need to ensure a sustainable international lunar community?

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Politics


What are the political motivations for the participating countries, and what systems of governance do we need to ensure a sustainable international lunar community?

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2.21 - Day 3


THINKING BEYOND - LIVING OFF OF THE MOON

 

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2.21 - Day 3


THINKING BEYOND - LIVING OFF OF THE MOON

 

 

This is just the beginning.

On day 3, each of the working teams gave a presentation to the public. Each team presented a challenge and proposed solution to the establishment of the lunar city from their own perspectives. These ideas included habitation designs inside a lava tube on the Moon, scientific benefits of a lunar city, optimal political structure of the lunar city and the marginal cost and benefit of lunar businesses.

These presentations were followed by a series of keynote presentations by our guest speakers, who presented unique arguments to the concept. Some talked about 3D printing technology, the importance and impact of religion on the Moon and a fundraising strategy to turn the idea into a reality.

The recording of the presentations are available from below.