European empires were built on resources, first from their own territories and then from the New World. Modern nations who have built sophisticated space agencies are in a race to explore the Moon’s surface; they're looking for resources for in-situ-resource-utilisation and as a source of propellant to fuel the spacecraft to establish an economically sustainable Lunar economic ecosystem. You may have noticed recent missions to the Moon from Israel, China, India, Japan in conjunction with Luxembourg, Russia, Europe and the United States. These missions, while championing science, are technologically advanced and focused on exploration, and building the required Cislunar infrastructure so that mining the moon will become a commercial reality.
Space Ventures Investors is invested in this nascent industry. Across the globe are multiple startups, some commercial, some public, some in public private partnerships, that are developing the many parts of the lengthy process required to make interplanetary resource trading possible. This includes processing regolith for 3D printing of habitats and extracting valuable metals, designing landing pads on the surface of the moon, establishing the communications networks between Earth and hardware on the Moon, and lastly identifying strategic and resources locations.
Space Ventures Investors was the first investor in Lunar Resources Registry, which participated in a ESA Business Incubation Centre.
The activities of Lunar Resources Registry include:
With the above in mind, LRR has developed:
1. The Moon’s Commodities: Agencies Lead the Way, Companies Follow-up.
Ongoing research is required to determine how to exactly to extract Oxygen, and potentially Water (from the Lunar South Poles). We are keeping abreast of the developments (e.g. NASA and ESA missions), and focussing on commercial methods of exploration, extraction and processing, coupled with the means for providing transport and energy (solar vs. nuclear). Our focus is on identifying the Supply-Chain of technology and emerging companies that can make this possible.
2. Establishing Commercial Claims on the Lunar Surface.
Predicating any investment in a Lunar Mining Operation, including on-the ground exploration using custom Rovers, or even extraction of Lunar regolith and then subsequent processing, is the establishment of commercial rights. A commercial right to explore, extract and process is required from a legal and investment case point of view. One of our key priorities is to develop a proprietary road map for establishing such commercial rights.