Space Policy Webinar - Shooting for the Moon: Opportunities and Challenges for Cislunar Development

As the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, approaches, new lunar missions are generating interest and excitement. What is the potential for developing the area near and around the moon, known as cislunar space?

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With so much emphasis being placed on returning to the moon, development of cislunar space — the orbital area near and around the moon — presents exciting and untapped potential. Possible applications like lunar outposts, extraterrestrial mining operations, and interplanetary waystations are just the start. Investment in cislunar development can boost U.S. space commerce and expand the human footprint in the solar system. 

This webinar, featuring Dr. James Vedda, will discuss plans for the next moon missions and questions that need to be answered to capitalize on those missions, including how humans might develop, work, and live in cislunar space. 

This is an interactive webinar, so attendees are encouraged to pose questions and comments to Dr. Vedda. To take full advantage of this discussion, please review Cislunar Development: What to Build — and Why by Dr. Vedda.

Speaker bio
Dr. James Vedda is responsible for performing policy research and analyses for various U.S. government customers, including NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Commerce, the Air Force, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, among others. He is the author of numerous articles and conference papers, as well as two books: Choice, Not Fate: Shaping a Sustainable Future in the Space Age (2009) and Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program (2012).