Amidst all the talk of deep space missions, space agencies aren’t giving Moon the deserved attention and at least one private space company believes that Earth’s natural satellite has a lot in store for humanity and is the next frontier.
Moon Express is all set to launch the first ever private mission to Moon in 2017 and in the process will pave way (a sort of a highway) for many future missions to Moon and a stream of activities on Earth. Naveen Jain, co-founder of Moon Express, believes that Moon has the potential of changing a lot of things on Earth including resource availability as well as spawning of hundreds of new research and development activities as well as businesses.
For humanity in general and Moon Express in particular, this is just the beginning. Moon Express will be landing a rover after hitchhiking a ride on a private launcher, and once there the lander will carry out quite a few activities including drilling.
Jain says there is so much more to the Moon mission than just the agenda that they have set. The Moon Express lander mission will set the ball rolling and will be the seed for Moon business tree that will spawn hundreds of streams of businesses just like branches in a tree all linked to Moon and the ample of resources it has.
The potential is endless – from creating new energy resources for us to disrupting the diamond industry back on Earth, says Jain
Talking with the Deccan Chronicle, Jain says that the Moon business has potential for quadrillions. For starters, consider the case of Helium-3 stockpile on Earth’s natural satellite. Once we start to harness Helium-3, we will be able to solve Earth’s energy crisis. Considering the case of deep space missions, Moon can effectively serve as a refuelling station where missions to take a short break for refuelling on their way to deeper journeys into space.
If you look at Moon from a real estate perspective, it can be considered as the best place to set up a massive colony where people can live. Rare moon rocks will become those special gifts for lovers.
Jain points out that while over the years the costs involved with missions into Space have shrunk, the real benefit will come when the EM Drive propulsion technology will actually become practical. The ride to moon will be safer and much much faster than the currently used propulsion technologies. Once operational the EM Drive tech will cover the 3,84,400 kilometres separating us from a lunar landing spot in four hours. It will reach Mars in 70 days and Pluto will be just 18 months away.
“Landing on the moon is symbolic of what’s possible. It shows that entrepreneurs are now capable of doing things that have only been done by superpowers before. It proves that the next set of entrepreneurs are likely to do things that used to be the domain of nation states”, Jain says.