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Doug Plata

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Why I Want to Build a MoonBase

A lunar base, if done correctly, would be very exciting, historic, and could naturally transition to a sustainable settlement.  It would be cheaper, earlier, and safer than a Martian base.  It would be both inspirational and a back-up for humanity.

I'm Passionate About

Establishing humanity's first permanent foothold off Earth as soon as possible.

Professional Biography

Doug Plata is a physician and space advocate in Redlands, CA.  He founded the Lunar COTS petition calling for the cost-effective development of the Moon including humanity's first, permanent foothold off Earth.  he founded the Space Development Group and is working to establish a Moon-Mars Analogue Base (MMAB) in Tucson, AZ.

How I and/or my organization will contribute to building a MoonBase. - 250 Max Characters

The Moon-Mars Analogue Base (MMAB) in Tucson would develop parallel to other analogue bases.  Using a different approach, the various analogue bases could learn from each other.  I would be happy to discuss and freely share developments.

Let's Talk About

40 chars too few.  Cislunar transport.

My Areas of Expertise
  • Public-private programs
  • - Cost-effective, cislunar transportation system
  • Telerobotic ice harvesting
  • Inflatable habitats
  • Artificial gravity
  • Initial crew selection
  • Public engagement
  • Economic pathway
  • Earth independence