• Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society Support Returning to the Moon

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society Support Returning to the Moon

    ATLANTA, OCTOBER 5, 2017 -- The Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society, two organizations dedicated to the exploration, development, and eventual settlement of the Moon, enthusiastically support the Administration’s goal of returning to the moon.

    Both organizations agree with Vice President Mike Pence that the Moon is the best starting point for our outward expansion to the rest of the solar system. The Moon represents opportunities to test our technology, expand our scientific knowledge, and, most importantly, to expand our economic sphere to include another celestial body.

    The Moon Society is a grassroots organization made up of non-professionals, enthusiasts, and even children who view the Moon as something within our grasp, as a place that people can live and work. “Our members may not turn the wrench or fly the spacecraft, but lunar exploration is something they care about. They raise money, support programs,and purchase products and services”, said Michael Mealling, Society President.  

    The Society and its members suggest to the Administration and the space industry in general that every citizen of the United States and indeed, of the world, that the goal is to expand access to everyone, that space is a domain for human beings, not just a lucky few.

    The Waypaver Foundation’s goal is human lunar settlement. Its mission is removing the obstacles to that goal through focused, funded research and development. “We are looking at all of the roadblocks to lunar settlement, not just the technical ones. In many cases the harder problems are political, legal, and financial”, said Guillermo Söhnlein, Foundation Chairman.

    The Foundation suggests to the Administration and the space industry that the future of human settlement of the Moon is the industrial development of the Earth/Moon system through tax incentives and infrastructure. The Foundation specifically encourages Governments to act as anchor tenants, not landlords.

    Both organizations look forward to supporting the Administration, NASA, international partners, and the space industry in turning the Moon into yet another place that human beings live, work, and thrive.

    About the Waypaver Foundation

    The Foundation identifies the highest priority obstacles currently preventing the establishment of a lunar settlement and targets its resources to removing them. Its donors and partners share our vision of our “home” being the entire Earth/Moon system, not just the Earth. To learn more about the Waypaver Foundation, visit the Foundation's website at www.waypaverfoundation.org.

    About the Moon Society

    The Society is a non-profit member organization that seeks to inspire and involve people all over the world in the continued study and exploration of the Moon with the goal of accelerating the day when there will be civilian settlements on the Moon, making use of local resources through private enterprise both to support the pioneers themselves and to help alleviate Earth's energy and environmental problems. To learn more or join the Society, visit the Society at www.moonsociety.org.

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    Media Contact:
    Michael Mealling
    678-640-6884
    mmealling@waypaverfoundation.org
    http://waypaverfoundation.org/

  • Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society Support Returning to the Moon

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media Contact:
    Michael Mealling
    678-640-6884
    mmealling@waypaverfoundation.org
    http://waypaverfoundation.org/

     

    Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society Support Returning to the Moon

    ATLANTA, OCTOBER 5, 2017 -- The Waypaver Foundation and the Moon Society, two organizations dedicated to the exploration, development, and eventual settlement of the Moon, enthusiastically support the Administration’s goal of returning to the moon.

    Both organizations agree with Vice President Mike Pence that the Moon is the best starting point for our outward expansion to the rest of the solar system. The Moon represents opportunities to test our technology, expand our scientific knowledge, and, most importantly, to expand our economic sphere to include another celestial body.

    The Moon Society is a grassroots organization made up of non-professionals, enthusiasts, and even children who view the Moon as something within our grasp, as a place that people can live and work. “Our members may not turn the wrench or fly the spacecraft, but lunar exploration is something they care about. They raise money, support programs,and purchase products and services”, said Michael Mealling, Society President.  

    The Society and its members suggest to the Administration and the space industry in general that every citizen of the United States and indeed, of the world, that the goal is to expand access to everyone, that space is a domain for human beings, not just a lucky few.

    The Waypaver Foundation’s goal is human lunar settlement. Its mission is removing the obstacles to that goal through focused, funded research and development. “We are looking at all of the roadblocks to lunar settlement, not just the technical ones. In many cases the harder problems are political, legal, and financial”, said Guillermo Söhnlein, Foundation Chairman.

    The Foundation suggests to the Administration and the space industry that the future of human settlement of the Moon is the industrial development of the Earth/Moon system through tax incentives and infrastructure. The Foundation specifically encourages Governments to act as anchor tenants, not landlords.

    Both organizations look forward to supporting the Administration, NASA, international partners, and the space industry in turning the Moon into yet another place that human beings live, work, and thrive.

    About the Waypaver Foundation

    The Foundation identifies the highest priority obstacles currently preventing the establishment of a lunar settlement and targets its resources to removing them. Its donors and partners share our vision of our “home” being the entire Earth/Moon system, not just the Earth. To learn more about the Waypaver Foundation, visit the Foundation's website at www.waypaverfoundation.org.

    About the Moon Society

    The Society is a non-profit member organization that seeks to inspire and involve people all over the world in the continued study and exploration of the Moon with the goal of accelerating the day when there will be civilian settlements on the Moon, making use of local resources through private enterprise both to support the pioneers themselves and to help alleviate Earth's energy and environmental problems. To learn more or join the Society, visit the Society at www.moonsociety.org.

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  • 2017 Society Annual Report

    President's Report to Our Members
    on The State of The Society
    for our 9th Annual Membership Meeting
    August 16, 2017

    The state of the Society is that the Society is not where it should be but it has a plan for improvement and we are entering a time where Lunar development is at least not taking a back seat to other priorities in space. An opportunity is presenting itself and the leadership of the Society is working to sieze it.

     

    Membership

    As of 08/09/17, Moon Society membership stood at 89 members, down from 136 a year ago, an 34% decrease.

    Treasury Report and Project Funding Proposals

    The Society has funds available in the amount of $33,000, approximately flat from a year ago.

    The Challenge of Projects

    There are several great projects that the Society has approved to be done and many that could be done. The limitation on accomplishing these goals is the volunteer manpower to actually do the work. Increasing the participation by and value returned to our membership is our largest goal for the coming year.

    Website

    Our website is now running on a Drupal 7 platform and is basically stable. The goal of the coming year is to update the design of both the main Moon Society web presence as well as the Lunarpedia. The Web has changed a lot over the years and many potential members use their mobile devices as their primary computing system. The Society must go to where the members are.

    Other Web Assets

    Our Facebook page and the Lunarpedia project continue to be one of our most popular portals.

    Moon Miner's Manifesto

    Moon Miner's Manifesto completed its 25th year of continuous publication, ten issues a year, with the November 2011 issue, #250. While individual back issues (in electronic pdf file format # 145 forward) remain username/password protected, all the non-time sensitive articles from the first 21 years are republished in the MMM Classics series, freely available to anyone. Peter Kokh, President Emeritus, has retired, but we will resume publishing soon but only electronically. 

    Collaborations

    There is much going on lunar related in the space industry. Most of it is public but some is being done by private companies.

    National Space Society

    Our collaboration with the NSS is still strong but NSS has picked up the bulk of the effort, especially programming the lunar track at ISDC recently. This should change during the coming year.

    The Waypaver Foundation

    Our new President, Michael Mealling, is also the CEO of the Waypaver Foundation. Waypaver is a non-profit foundation working to fund specific scientific, political, and economic work necessary to remove any obstacles to lunar settlement. The proposal on the table to both the Moon Society board and the Waypaver board is to create a closer collaboration to solve some of the Society's volunteer shortfalls. Waypaver also has relationships with the Moon Village effort with ESA, the Lunar Marketplace within the FAA, and other small groups around the world. Waypaver is proposing to help the Society with a site redesign, combining its Lunar Settlement Index with the Lunarpedia, and providing a conduit for sponsored research.

    Chapters

    Chapters are a primary way to organize members in support of the Society and its Goals. The past two years has not seen much support for chapters from the Society. This should change over the next year as chapters become involved in fundraising for targeted research, lobbying efforts within Congress, and local outreach.

    Policy and Positions

    During the next few weeks the Society will be developing policies, position papers, and announcements concerning:

    • Moon Village - Providing support and volunteers for efforts within ESA and affiliated groups in support of the Moon Village Association.
    • NASA Deep Space Gateway - A position paper on the Society's view of NASA's Deep Space Gateway and how best to support commercial development of the Moon.
    • ULA's cislunar1000 - A paper on ULA's efforts and support from the Society on the technology needed to make that effort successful.

    Looking Forward

    My goal as President is to 'reboot' the Moon Society and give it the resources and stature of other space advocacy organizations. 2017 and 2018 are not about 'rebuilding' but 'reinventing'. What isn't working will be stopped. What is working will be amplified. The Moon Society has some incredible resources and people and it is an incredible time to be focused on Earth's nearest neighbor.

  • Annual Town Hall

    All members are reminded that the annual Moon Society Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, August 16th at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST in Society Slack. 

    Members can receive an invite to the Society Slack server by clicking here and entering your email address. You will receive an email with directions on how to join.

    All members are encouraged to try at least one log in prior to the Town Hall.  If you have any issues you can contact one of the officers, including president@moonsociety.org, and we’ll help straighten things out.

    We look forward to seeing all of you there!

  • Moon Society Election

    All mail and email ballots have now been sent. To vote electronically, please reply to the email entitled Moon Society Elections sent 24 July.

    To vote by postal mail, please return the postcard that was postmarked 19 July.

    All ballots must be received no later than 09 August 2017 to be counted.

    Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting to be held on 16 August 2017.

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