I’m here at the NASA Lunar Science Forum today. Just heard an interesting talk from Frank Schewengerdt of the International Lunar Research Park. He presented a three phase, public-private partnership to develop a lunar settlement. The steps include:
conducting terrestrial testing at a high-fidelity prototype on the Big Island of Hawaii;
establishing a “lunar robotic village” that would use advance robotics and tele-operations to construct infrastructure and capabilities
building out the International Lunar Research Park for human habitation.
Hawaiian State Senators are debating a bill that would allow the state to apply for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration. A similar measure passed the Legislature last year, but no money was appropriated for it by then-Gov. Linda Lingle.
The full text of Senate Bill 112, which was introduced by Sen. Will Espero, is shown after the break.