SPORE Project Expenses

Version 1.2    February 4, 2020

SPORE Project Expenses

The Lunar Homestead Shielded Pressurized Oxygen Resource Extraction (SPORE) Project is pretty small-scale right now, so the expenses aren’t too great. But I’ve got big plans which will require more substantial funding in the future.

Some items on this list are repeated on other project expenses pages.

List of current and future expenses:

  • Scientist’s salary (that’s me!) – This is critical. I can focus my time and energy here, doing research and other important activities, instead of earning money doing something else.
    • Amount – $65,000 for 2020
      • According to Indeed, the average salary for a “scientist” is $86,435 per year. I realize that I’m new to this and don’t have a proven track record yet. So I’m setting my goal at $65,000 for 2020.
  • Database and research access –  The Internet has an unbelievable amount of good resources available for free. So do public libraries. Unfortunately, some of the “good stuff” is hidden behind paywalls. I’ll need access to these resources if I’m going to conduct good research.
    • Amount – $0
      • Right now I’m using the Internet and library access to find the research materials I need. That’s going to have to change in the near future.
  • Equipment – Research often requires specialized equipment.
    • Amount – $194.47 (not including taxes)
      • Scientific equipment
        • Geology screen sieve set – $87.97
      • Basalt crushing equipment
        • 4 pound engineering hammer – $21.97
        • Canvas drop cloth – $11.64
      • Safety equipment
        • Impact goggles – $12.97
        • Dust masks (disposable) – $20.97
        • Gloves with knuckle protection – $29.97
      • Storage
        • 27 gallon tote – $8.98
  • Materials – Research consumes resources. Regolith simulants, metal, etc.
    •  Amount – $149.54
      • Basalt gravel – Six 40-pound bags from Home Depot (www.homedepot.com/p/Butler-Arts-0-50-cu-ft-40-lbs-3-4-in-Natural-Basalt-Decorative-Landscaping-Gravel-BST-3-4-40/309543202)
  • Travel – I’ll need to attend conferences and events to get Lunar Homestead research in front of the public and my peers.
    •  Amount – $0
      • Travel isn’t an issue right now.
  • Public outreach – A big part of what I want to do with Lunar Homestead, and the Lunar Iron Project, is public outreach. I want to get people excited about the future again.
    • Amount – $0
      • I haven’t started the public outreach component yet.
  • Marketing  – Whatever I do here won’t have much value if the world doesn’t know about it. I’m not a fan of marketing but it’s a necessary evil if I want  Lunar Homestead to have a significant impact (and I do).
    • Amount – $100
      • Right now I’m starting to use free sources of marketing (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.). In the future I’ll need to look into other ways to get the word out.
      • $100  – Hosting this website.

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