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Exports & Market Development

Specific markets

  • Lunar Orbital Industries/Facilities
  • Earth-Moon L1 Staging area and other Earth-Moon Lagrange Points (e.g. L4, L5)
  • Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO)
  • Low Earth Orbit industrial parks
  • Low Earth Orbit tourist facilities
  • Sun-Earth Lagrange Points - L1 and L2 already being used or discussed by scientists and space agencies.
  • Mars, Phobos, Deimos
made-on-Luna heavy equipment
Nuclear fuels (lunar thorium 232 > uranium 233)
Seasoned pioneers
Technology expertise
  • Asteroids
Mining equipment
Oxygen, Oxides, Oxygen-based Reagents
  • other

Value added product types

  • Lunar-sourced chemical fuels
  • Lunar-produced nuclear fuels (the thorium 232 > uranium 233 cycle), essential to the opening of Mars to settlement
  • Heavy mining machinery
  • Refractory material for solar ovens and smelters
  • Construction materials
  • Oxygen
  • Products made for domestic use
  • Furnishings
  • Arts & crafts
  • Unique jewelry
  • Food products
  • New crop variety seeds
  • other


  • archival storage
  • mausoleum
  • highly isolated sites for toxic or otherwise dangerous processes
  • sites for 1/6 g processes and manufacturing
  • postal covers/cancellations and similar certification services
  • professional and legal services
  • repair, refueling, and other mechanical services

Raw materials to Earth

  • "moondust" and other minerals
  • meteorites (more pristine than those on Earth)

Raw Materials for Off-Earth Markets

  • Solar Power Satellites construction
  • shielding
  • fuel and/or oxidizer
  • space colony construction
  • optics and telescopes
  • solar cell raw materials

Human Resources for Off-Earth Markets

  • labor pool - Culturally, the airline or astronaut personality is in its infancy vis a vis experience with the colonization of large multicultural groups ..Whereas the MARITIME world has been doing this for centuries..the spaceport labor pool will come from the merchant mariner labor pool which is already global, multinational and run in a strictly hierarchical, precision management system of megacorporation ownership. Spaceport and space ship labor for travel/leisure and global supply chain functions will easily be the offspring of cruise ships and maritime industry families/personnel. For shipboard hotel operations, self sufficiency is status quo..Global provisioning and multi port embark/debark activities allowing for flag state sovereignty already function at very high levels...Mariners are used to living at their work, away from family for long periods of time.. A Mariner lifestyle choice is most like/suited to spaceship/port operations. Cargo (of all kinds even that which talks back) ships in orbits above the earth would be run by virtually the same "bound to adventure" personalities found aboard ships that currently orbit the earth's oceans..needing only adaptations to new mode of propulsion and gravity challenges (we will have that sorted out soon. adjusting ways to lash down the cargo in storms or heavy seas to variations of "space gimbling".) Maritime engineering systems already thrive and adapt with dynamic technological change...with multiple, collaborative efforts in place with aerospace engineers. This collaboration will expand to DECK (pilot navigation) and HOTEL operations as the vessels for in space use are refined.
  • trained personnel - will come from mariner backgrounds...Space law is very similar to and had its genesis in Admiralty law. The IMO (international maritime Organization) understands "securing the global supply chain" Merchant Marine Academies world wide (IAMU- International association of Maritime Universitites)already have extensive exchange programs with different flag states..Spaceships will easily be departmental extensions of existing maritime industry megaplayers..with IMO/IAMU adapting maritime education and laws of the sea to technical and managerial training for space application while protecting the rights of space mariners. Training could be accomplished in a traditional maritime STCW (Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping) type of command ...with virtually identical licensure and regulatory systems.

Technology licenses

  • Biospheric technologies
  • Agricultural technologies
  • Recycling technologies
  • Building material technologies
  • Poor ore mining technologies
  • other

Infotainment products

  • Travelogues
  • Explorations
  • Dance, sport, music, etc.

Other "zero-mass" products

  • astronomical data
  • detailed maps
  • geological/selenological information (data)
  • remote sensing data (e.g. of the Earth and/or Sun)
  • consulting and "distance teaching" by experts working on the Moon

Energy exports

  • Lunar fuels
Lunar processed nuclear fuels (thorium 232 > uranium 233)

Development of other export markets

LEO industrial parks

LEO tourist clusters

GEO satellite farm-platforms

L4, L5 Lunar Flank relays, telescopes

L1, L2 Lunar Gateways for people, cargo

Asteroid mission support

Mars, Phobos, Deimos



The "MUS/cle strategy" for Import Reduction

Institute of Lunar-apropriate Industrial Design

Stowaway import strategies

Development of locally made substitutes

Going without

Developing other import market sources

Phobos, Deimos (methane, ammonia?)

Mars ("pipeline" inventory items)

Near-Earth asteroids (volatiles, lunar-deficient elements)

comets (volatiles)




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