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Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon

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Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2014 02:38 AM by AlexMuller

Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets. The recent successful Spacex flights are improving the viability of Golden Spike and its plans to return to the moon before 2020.

 
Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo 11 for about $6.4 billion and make repeated manned trips to the moon for about $1.5 billion for each trip.
 
India might want to send manned missions to the moon. They have sent robotic missions to the moon and Mars
 
In 2004, When President Bush established his new space exploration policy to return humans to the moon, NASA estimated the policy would cost $230 billion (in 2004 dollars) through 2025. This figure includes the Commercial Crew and Cargo program, which is separate from the Constellation program. NASA has estimated that the Constellation program would cost over $97 billion (in 2008 dollars) through 2020, half of which would be for Ares I and Orion.
 
The Apollo program cost $24 billion in 1969 dollars which is about $150 billion today.
 
The Golden Spike Company is intent on achieving affordable, reliable, and frequent human expeditions to the Moon. Their space expeditions will be marketed and sold to governmental agencies, companies, and individuals in the United States and around the world—for science, for commerce, for tourism, for entertainment engagement, and for education.
 
Golden Spike will monetize these expeditions through:
 
Expedition sales
Public participation/membership in expeditions
Media rights, brand licensing, and expedition advertising sales
Expedition naming rights and merchandising
Sales of items flown
Sales of returned samples and expeditions artifacts
Entertainment products that market each expedition
 
The capability exists today for human return to the moon for many purposes, and at costs more than an order of magnitude lower than those estimated for NASA’s now cancelled project Constellation. Although new developments are required to enhance current/ in-development launcher performance and Dragon performance and to create a lunar lander, the scale, complexity, risks, and costs of such developments are far lower than starting from scratch to develop all new launch vehicles, a dedicated crew capsule, and landers with extensive capabilities not needed for simple early-Apollo-class sortie missions.
 
Interim lunar flyby and orbital missions offer the possibility of beginning lunar operations before completing development of the lander and surface suits, thereby easing the funding required before revenue return can begin.

Tags: spacecommercial spaceflightmoonApolloGolden Spikespace explorationrocketMars

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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Very encouraging development in space explorations - it is great that private companies are becoming involved and they are backed by public. Golden Spike should be supported Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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Golden Spike recently announced plans to construct and fly a private mission to the Moon by as early as 2020. They are working with Honeybee Robotics on lunar rovers. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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This is very interesting undertaking. The planned lunar expeditions are meant to produce some scientific return as well. The machines will serve multiple purposes once they reach the Moon, including searching for water-ice and setting the stage for the arrival of settlers. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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I found that the main goal is to be able to launch two-person commercial flights
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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Golden Spike wants to change the paradigm of human space exploration, through the development of highly capable lunar exploration system architecture for customers around the world. Very ambitious Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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As technology has advanced, and concerns about the future of humanity on Earth have increased, the argument that space colonization is an achievable and worthwhile goal has gained momentum
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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This is not just about the moon and space. In case of growing plants, simply knowing how plants deal with stress on the moon can tell us a lot about how they deal with stress here on Earth Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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More wide moon explorations-with many countries involved- is good step towards Moon colonization. Could this be happening in near future: interconnected biodomes, hovercrafts cruising the pockmarked surface, and ships darting to Earth and back again.... Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-08
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In the future humans may live and work on the moon for weeks or even months. They need to produce energy and power to make it possible to travel to and live on the lunar surface. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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I love the pictures in your blog! I wish we could do this more often. We shuold have thought about this before they were born and we could have done pictures every 3 months I had NO idea that there was video! I LOVE it!!! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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I love the pictures in your blog! I wish we could do this more often. We shuold have thought about this before they were born and we could have done pictures every 3 months I had NO idea that there was video! I LOVE it!!! Reply


 

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