Members of the media requiring additional information about Lunar Homestead, Lunar/space settlement, or space science in general should contact Ben Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’m not sure a one-man effort could be considered an organization.
Established in 2018. At least that’s when I consider it established. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.
Lunar Homestead used to be located in Tampa, FL. It is now currently in Oxnard, CA.
Owner and Lead (and only) Scientist: Ben Smith (see Bio)
National Space Society – Downlink e-newsletter – August 12, 2020
St. Louis Space Frontier (STLSF) – “It is hypothesized that a shielded pressurized oxygen resource extraction (SPORE) project can mitigate or eliminate lunar environment challenges: lunar dust, radiation, vacuum, thermal extremes, and meteoroid impact. On July 31, 2020, STLSF hosted Lunar Homestead Owner/Scientist Ben Smith’s presentation “SPORE: Resource Extraction and Habitable Space Creation” with password %y0cvX7L. SPORE was developed to avoid or minimize the difficulties of getting iron out of lunar rocks, creating habitat pressure hulls, and mining lunar surface regolith. At a ≥ 10-meter depth from the lunar surface within the mega-regolith, SPORE creates a shielded environment from regolith dust, radiation, and thermal extremes; minimizes meteoroid impacts; and requires humans rather than complex robots. This safer underground environment is made habitable with pressurized oxygen of the amount of 100% oxygen to 48 kPa (i.e., 6.96 PSI). Resource extraction is completed in the mega-regolith with low-tech tools and people because gravity causes difficulties for machines on the lunar surface. As excavation moves forward, a permanent structure is built to line and support the habitat pressure hull, which is then sealed. After Ben’s presentation, the attendees asked many questions and engaged in an in-depth discussion of the concepts presented. STLSF Board Member Christine Nobbe coordinated this meetup and informed the members of their next meetup at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 28, 2020.”
Lunar Homestead color logo (Moon with plant enclosing crossed wrench and pick). The plant represents the life we’ll bring to a currently lifeless Moon. The wrench is for the research and inventing that are the primary reasons for Lunar Homestead’s existence. And the pick is because every Lunar settlement (Homestead or other) will need to have a mining component to survive.
“Lunar Settlement for Everyone” has two meanings. First, the Lunar Homestead concept is built on the idea that anyone should be able to settle on the Lunar frontier. Not just the elite government astronauts or paid corporate employees. ANYONE with access to the right technology and techniques should be able to start a Homestead. Second, anyone can contribute to researching and developing Lunar Homestead tech. Research shouldn’t be the exclusive domain of PhD’s, universities, governments, or corporations. Anyone can help us move Lunar settlement forward.