BOULDER, Colo., Jul. 8, 2014 (Golden Spike/Honeybee PR) — The Golden Spike Company, the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals, and Honeybee Robotics, a premier developer of advanced robotic systems, today announced they have completed a preliminary design study for unmanned rovers capable of enhancing the next human missions to the Moon.
In partnership with technical staff at Golden Spike, Honeybee engineers conducted trade studies of both flight-proven and promising technologies to design configurable robotic rovers that can collect and store several kilograms of scientific samples from the Moon’s surface in advance of or in conjunction with Golden Spike’s human expeditions.
BOULDER, CO, January 22, 2014 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals— announced today a partnership with Draper Laboratory to examine the range of landing sites that Golden Spike can offer for its commercial human missions to the Moon.
Draper provides advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems, high-performance, reliable space science instruments, and processing systems for NASA and the U.S. military. Draper provided similar landing site selection studies to NASA’s Constellation lunar landing program.
BOULDER, CO, December 10, 2013 (GS PR) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals —announced today a partnership with Honeybee Robotics—a premier provider of robotic systems for space—to design unmanned rovers capable of enhancing the next human missions to the Moon.
Working with technical staff at Golden Spike, Honeybee engineers will conduct trade studies for the design of configurable robotic rovers that can collect and store scientific samples from the Moon’s surface in support of Golden Spike’s expeditions. The results of the study will be complete by mid-2014.
BOULDER, CO, November 20, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company announced today it has created a Lunar Science Advisory Board to help guide the company’s development of the world’s first private human lunar expedition capability.
The seven inaugural members of the Lunar Science Advisory Board, or LSAB, are distinguished lunar and planetary scientists from around the world. They will provide Golden Spike with scientific expertise and will recommend exploration strategies, sample collection and return requirements, and surface experiment package needs.
BOULDER, CO, October 23, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – A two-day workshop led by Golden Spike—the world’s first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world—attracted scientists from four continents who proposed exciting new human Moon mission concepts.
The workshop, held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute in Houston, Texas, focused on landing sites, sample returns, and aspirations of the international lunar scientific community.
Huntsville (ZPFC PR) — This week Zero Point Frontiers Corp. delivered its report analyzing the different approaches that might be used to send people from nations around the world on commercial trips to the Moon. Working with the Golden Spike Company and its various aerospace partner companies, Zero Point Frontiers used the software it developed for NASA to help NASA Johnson Space Center design space missions.
“This was a great test case for us,” said Zero Point Frontiers CEO Jason Hundley. “Golden Spike gave us an opportunity to make apples-to-apples comparisons of multiple commercial space systems. The good news was that we identified several combinations of vehicles that will support Golden Spike’s mission. They were all using several different types of scenarios, rocket stages, crew vehicles, and lunar landers, which made the work challenging.”
Editor’s Note: The Space Tech Expo, which runs from May 21-23 in Long Beach, Calif., has published the following Q&A with Golden Spike President and CEO Alan Stern.
Dr Alan Stern, planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, was elected to be the President and CEO of The Golden Spike Company in 2010. Golden Spike, consisting of former NASA engineers, program managers, Agency executives, and others, is a commercial space corporation planning human lunar expeditions. It made news in December 2012 with its proposal to begin launching passenger flights by 2020, costing $1.5 billion each. In this interview with Space Tech Expo, Dr Stern reveals more details about Golden Spike’s ambitions, why it chose to give crowd funding a chance, and why he believes the entertainment industry is key to the development of future space exploration…
BOULDER, CO, May 15, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world, announced today that legendary astronaut and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell has joined its Board of Advisors.
Capt. Lovell, a former Naval aviator and test pilot, is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lovell is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, was the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and was the first person to fly in space four times.
The Golden Spike Company’s Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign is wrapping up tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 24) at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Golden Spike is a private business led by former NASA leaders, space scientists, and space engineers that is going to launch human expeditions to the Moon by 2020.
The company has raised about $16,000 so far, considerably short of its $240,000 goal. However, unlike other crowd-source platforms, Indiegogo gives all funds donated to the organization raising the funds. So, any contribution you can make by midnight tomorrow will count.
The lunar frontier beckons. And here’s your chance to help– Never before has the public had a direct opportunity to help build a space program like this!
Who We Are: We’re the Golden Spike Company, a private business led by former NASA leaders, space scientists, and space engineers that is working to launch human expeditions to the surface of the Moon, beginning by 2020.
2. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back JOHN STRICKLAND for the second half of his space discussion from his Jan. 22, 2013 Space Show appearance.
3. Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): No Space Show program today as I am in Billings, MT to moderate an astronaut panel for Rocky Mtn College. The panel participants include Walter Cunningham, Gerald Carr, Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, and Loren Acton. The panel discussion will be 10AM-12PM PDT (11AM-1 PM MDT, 12-2PM CDT & 1-3PM EDT). You can see the panel discussion at http://live.rocky.edu. The live stream audience will not be able to ask questions. It is possible that Rocky Mtn. College will allow The Space Show to archive this program on our Vimeo channel. Details to follow.
4. Sunday, March 3, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome back DR. ALAN STERN who will be discussing his new Golden Spike venture. Dr. Stern will be with us for only the first hour. The last part of our program will be open lines for a discussion about Golden Spike & other matters. For those of you wanting to talk to Dr. Stern, you must call early as he can only be with us for the first hour.
BOULDER, CO (March 18, 2013) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, individuals and corporations around the world, announced today that it will hold an international scientific workshop in October to explore the kinds of landing sites, experiments, and geological traverses their astronauts will undertake on the Moon starting by 2020. The theme of the workshop is what lunar science will be like after 20 Golden Spike human expeditions to different places around the Moon.
BOULDER, CO, March 5, 2013 (GS PR) – Golden Spike —the world’s first company planning to sell human lunar expeditions to countries and corporations around the world announced today that it has added film and documentary producer, director, and writer, Dr. Duncan Copp, from the United Kingdom, to its distinguished Board of Advisors.
Copp, who also holds a PhD in Planetary Geology, produced the highly acclaimed feature documentary, In the Shadow of the Moon. Copp has produced and directed numerous award-winning films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. He adds important, international expertise and depth to Golden Spike’s media advisory team.
BOULDER, CO, February 27, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – Golden Spike CEO and President Dr. Alan Stern, a former NASA Associate Administrator for space science, will be a featured speaker at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on Monday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Golden Spike is a private commercial space company led by former NASA executives offering turnkey human expeditions to the Moon for nations, corporations and individuals.
Dr. Stern will be speaking and answering questions for an hour regarding Golden Spike’s human Lunar expedition plans and expedition capabilities. Following Dr. Stern’s core presentation, there will be a Q&A session that will include Gerry Griffin, the chairman of Golden Spike’s board and a former director of the Johnson Space Center, and Golden Spike advisor and planetary scientist Dr. Bill McKinnon of Washington University in St. Louis.
With human flights beyond Earth orbit not expected to occur for at least eight years, the private sector is increasingly eying deep space for a series of ambitious robotic and human missions for both adventure and profit.
Nine programs are currently underway that include robotic and human landings of the moon, human flybys of the moon and Mars, the mining of the moon and asteroids, and even a settlement on Mars. Backers of these initiatives include the X Prize Foundation, Google and its executives, and the world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito.