Space Settler Hierarchy of Needs – Part 1

Hi and welcome to Settle the Solar System, a Lunar Homestead podcast.

This episode covers the physical needs that have to be met to keep space settlers alive. I’ll also discuss why each need is where it is in the hierarchy. This is critical so we can create a realistic research path that builds upon each piece of necessary tech.


[00:00] – Intro

[01:20] – Overview

[02:46] – In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)

[07:22] – Shelter

[09:42] – Energy

[11:09] – Air

[13:48] – Newsletter reminder

[14:32] – Water

[16:44] – Food

[20:01] – Listener Question – Why “Lunar Settlement for Everyone”?

[21:31] – Outro

Key points

  • Almost all of the technology and techniques needed for permanent space settlement needs to be researched.
  • People on Earth and people in space have basically the same needs but with different priorities.
  • We need frontier-enabling tech to open the gates and let anyone establish a home on Luna or anywhere in the Solar system.
  • YOU can help move us closer to real space settlements.

Calls to Action

Next episode

Next week’s episode will cover the remaining needs in the hierarchy:

  1. Health
  2. Waste
  3. Transportation
  4. Communication
  5. Cis-Lunar Economics
  6. Security

And attempt to answer the question “Why settle space?” in just a handful of minutes.


  1. The human body in space: Distinguishing fact from fiction – Harvard
  2. The Crew That Never Came Home: The Misfortunes of Soyuz 11 – Space Safety Magazine
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