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Space Financing Workshop

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Location: US,

Beyond Earth Institute Study:

A Review of Advanced Financing Options for Large Scale Space Infrastructure and Habitat Projects

Workshop I: Lunar Development Cooperative

Presenter: Michael Castle-Miller, Esq., CEO, Politas Consulting

Wednesday, June 23, 12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT


Workshop Evaluators:

Jeff Matthews, Deloitte

Hoyt Davidson, Near Earth LLC

Meagan Crawford, Space Fund

Sidney Nakahoda, Seldor Capital

Gary Calnan, Cislunar Industries

Staff Monitor: Jonathan Thorvilson

Space is hard and expensive. The cost of the International Space Station has passed $150 Billion. Returning to the moon under NASA’s Artemis program will exceed $30 Billion to land the first crew on the surface for the first time in 50 years. Yet the vision for space exploration and development far exceeds these modest endeavors. Accessing the vast resources of space that supports a growing off-world population will require the kind of initial investment that far exceeds the means of any government and private entity. NASA has made strides in the past decades on sharing costs with the private sector, and this trend certainly needs to continue. But the basic public/private partnerships may not be enough to fulfill the vision of establishing new branches of civilizations beyond Earth.

To examine the topic more thoroughly, Beyond Earth is initiating a review of advanced financing models to fund large scale space infrastructure and habitat projects. Beyond Earth has invited the authors of several well-considered advanced financing models to subject their work to a panel of experts for their reaction and evaluation based on a set of predetermined criteria.

Beyond Earth kicked off this initiative on June 10th with a virtual event featuring financial experts who will help to set the tone for this project. They discussed the complexity of macro scale space investment and the range of possible solutions to spread the investment risk among stakeholders. A recording of the event can be found here.

A final report will be prepared based on the discussion and evaluations of the virtual kick-off event and workshops.

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