Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #17, September 14, 2015

Artist’s conception of lunar mining, after 2020, artwork by Pat Rawlings. Many believe that the resource rich Moon may one day sustain human efforts to remain in space indefinitely.

Artist’s conception of lunar mining, after 2020, artwork by Pat Rawlings. Many believe that the resource rich Moon may one day sustain human efforts to remain in space indefinitely.

Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #17

If NASA can put a man on the Moon, why can’t NASA put a man on the Moon?

by Charles Miller, NexGen Space

Charles Miller of NexGen Space will report the results of a NASA-funded study that provides evidence that disproves the widely-held opinion that an American-led human return to the Moon must cost taxpayers $100 Billion or more and that a permanent base on the Moon must cost hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars.

NexGen assembled a team of former NASA executives and engineers who assessed the economic and technical viability of an “Evolvable Lunar Architecture” that leverages commercial capabilities and services that are existing or likely to emerge in the near-term.

The NexGen team evaluated the technical feasibility and economic affordability of a concept that was designed as an incremental, low-cost, and low-risk method for returning humans to the Moon.  The ELA strategic focus was commercial mining of propellant from lunar poles where it will be transported to lunar orbit to be used by NASA to send humans to Mars.  The study assumed A) that the United States is willing to lead an international partnership of countries that leverages private industry capabilities, and B) broad adoption of public-private-partnership models proven in recent years by NASA and other government agencies.  The study included an independent review by a team that included many former senior NASA executives (such as Joe Rothenberg, Chris Kraft, and Tom Moser), former astronauts, and space policy professionals.


Charles Miller is the President of NexGen Space LLC, which provides client-based services at the intersection of commercial space, civil space, national security space, and public policy.  His clients include NASA, DARPA and many private commercial space firms.  He also serves as a senior advisor for Renaissance Strategic Advisors, as the Executive Coordinator of the Alliance for Space Development, and teaches an online course on commercial space for HeatSpring. Mr. Miller is co-founder Nanoracks LLC, a disruptive venture that has delivered more than 250 customer payloads to the ISS. Miller served as NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space from 2009 to 2012, where he advised senior NASA leaders on commercial space options and strategies. He is also the co-founder and former President and CEO of Constellation Services International, Inc., which was a leading competitor for commercial ISS cargo delivery in the early 2000s. In the 1990s, Miller was the founder and President of ProSpace, known as “The Citizens’ Space Lobby”.  Under Miller, ProSpace was instrumental in the passage of space-related legislative initiatives, including the Commercial Space Act of 1998, and funding for NASA’s X-33 and X-37 projects, and the U.S. Air Force’s RLV Technology Development program.

Date and Time

September 14  (Monday), 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Location, Parking, and Acces

The presentation will be held at the National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 4:00-5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 50 attendees, so please RSVP to Roger Launius,,to get your name on the list. This will be for for access to the 3rd floor of the Museum, where we will be meeting in the Director’s Conference Room. You may check in and obtain a badge for access to the building at the guard desk just to the right as you enter the Independence Ave. doors. If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Roger. Parking is not available in NASM, and is limited elsewhere; we recommend using the Metro system for travel to the National Air and Space Museum—the Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza stops are close by.

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