This Time to Stay: How Markets Will Ensure Sustained Interest in the Lunar Region
Thursday 24 October 2019, 13:40 – 14:10
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom A
When America last went to the moon, we did so mostly for prestige and to beat the Soviets. Since then, nations have conducted scientific robotic missions to the moon, but those have been relatively infrequent. As the world begins planning for a human return, we must begin thinking about how to avoid the mistakes of the past. This discussion will look at how various emerging markets will ensure our collective interest in the lunar region does not go dormant for another 50 years. We will also explore how best to align the private sector’s goals with those of various government agencies, and come to grips with the fact that while lunar markets exist, they are far from independently sustainable without continued government leadership and resources.