Since 2014 Space Ventures Investors has been researching Space Resources business models.
The long-term business models; how feasible are operations on the Lunar surface and all the steps involved.
• Who is part of the supply-chain to the Moon and back?
• Who is developing the right technology for the right purpose, e.g. water extraction from regolith or the Moon's South Pole craters,
• The opportunity of when and how to enter this highly complex and lucrative emerging industry – timing is crucial.
• Lunar Surface Mining; the fluctuations in prices of precious and rare earth meals can bring forward the eventuality and affordability of Lunar Surface mining operations, combined with decreasing launch prices.
• Which companies are actively pursuing Asteroid Mining, currently we focus on exploration and inspection; detection and tracking are the best current business models.
• Intercepting Near Earth Objects and extracting resources may be 10 years away, innovation is required to turn the concepts into industrial operations.
• SVI keeps up to date on the status of missions from agencies like NASA, ESA and JAXA.
• Read more at Asteroid Mining,
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.
The Lunar Resources Registry (LRR) enables commercial and non-commercial organisations to acquire rights to explore and extract resources. The LRR has been accepted into a European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre in 2021 (pending final contract signing).
If you have an academic or commercial interest in the Lunar Resources Registry and would like to add a location of interest, please get in contact.