NASA-Funded Economic Analysis of Establishing a Moon Base - Self Study


Author: Charles Miller

Subjects: Other Technology: Commercial Space

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*It is has been over four decades years since America last stepped on the Moon...

Three previous major attempts to return have failed because it is economically prohibitive to do so using traditional methods. Many wonder if there is another way. Is it technically feasible to leverage commercial partnership methods to return to the Moon? What would it cost? Watch this briefing summarizing a NASA-funded economic analysis to find out. The full 105-page report is also included.

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Sample Content from "Entreprenurial Space Business Training" Course Instructor

Charles Miller, a veteran commercial space entrepreneur and the co-author of this report, teaches a 9-week online course for current and future leaders of the commercial space industry. The course focuses on creating and vetting business plans for commercial space ventures.

70 Minute Lecture Video

In his lecture video, Charles Miller provides context for the report that he co-authored and highlights the key findings.

Full Report: "Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of An Evolvable Lunar Architecture That Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public Private Partnerships"

This downloadable 105-page report lays out the research supporting the conclusions that are presented in the lecture video.

Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials at your own pace.

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After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Certificates of Completion Available for Members Only

Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.


Charles Miller

President, NexGen Space

Charles Miller is the president of NexGen Space LLC, a space and public policy consultancy that provides client services at the juncture between civil, commercial, and national security. A former NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space, Miller has led a half dozen NASA commercial space teams responsible for assessing barriers to commercial space projects, satellite...[more]

Course Outline

Lecture Video and Full Report

In this module, you'll listen to the lecture by Charles Miller, principal investigator of the recent NASA-funded study entitled "Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships."

  • Lecture Video (70 minutes) (Video - 01:09:09 hours)
  • Full Report: "Economic Assessment and Systems Analysis of an Evolvable Lunar Architecture that Leverages Commercial Space Capabilities and Public-Private-Partnerships" (Download .pdf)