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Lunar ISRU 2019

Date: 15-17 July 2019

Location: Universities Space Research Association Headquarters at 7178 Columbia Gatew, Columbia, MD, US,

The world is going forward to the Moon, as has been seen by missions this century from the United States, Europe, Japan, India, and China, as well as upcoming missions from Korea, Japan, India, and China over the next 5–7 years. With the announcement of Space Policy Directive 1 in December 2017, the United States announced its intention to be part of the international movement forward to the Moon and to do this in a sustainable manner. Subsequently, NASA announced a new National Space Exploration Campaign Report in September 2018, which lays out an exploration plan that focuses particularly on the next 5 years. A critical part of that plan includes the characterization and exploitation of lunar resources as an enabler for further exploration of the solar system. While the report provides a broad outline of a plan for lunar resources, there is little in the way of a detailed strategy for identification, characterization, extraction, processing, and commercialization of those resources. Given the aggressive timelines of the planned campaign, it is vital that assets get to the lunar surface sooner rather than later, and near-term community input is critically needed for further development of NASA’s resource and budget strategy. Information from this workshop will be useful to both government and industry leaders in evolving near-term and future development priorities and plans that will enable sustainable human exploration and promote the commercialization of space.

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