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By John Kolesa
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I am raising money for start-up costs. The company will utilize existing technology and a modular, easily upgraded lightweight design. The Space Freighter will not be designed to enter atmosphere. It will be designed to operate in space for space cargo hauling and satellite deployment between the moon and earth controlled via an interface docking module with any of a number of space planes under development, capable of minimal remote orbit adjustments and interface docking with the ISS if needed. The freighter will carry fuel, air and water as well as providing a large capacity cargo hold and will eventually carry material for a lunar runway. This is for start-up costs only. The next phase will be capital fundraising for design and 3D modeling of the Lunar 1 freighter. The third phase will look for commercial and/or governmental partners to build the space freighter and develop the materials for the lunar runway which will be designed to accommodate landing of the space planes used as the control modules. This will lead to the development of a permanent runway for take-off, landing, supply and re-supply of commercial development missions. Eventually I would like to contract the construction of an owned control module so that dedicated trips could be made. 10-25% of all cargo capacity will be dedicated to the development of a permanent runway and facilities needed to maintain and develop the surrounding lunar area with the rest of the capacity used to fund the expeditions. The purpose of the space freighter would be to provide a means of launching larger scale, better equipped missions to the moon for commercial development. By developing a ship never designed for re-entry, you would be able to create a specialized ship designed only for space operations. Eventually, materials could be ferried to the lunar development area for assembly of larger ships that could withstand greater stresses than would be needed for the lunar freighter, but also designed for space operations and far more easily launched from the moon, which could be used as a staging, assembly and launch area. It would be a more stable platform with virtually unlimited space for assembly in a far more hospitable environment and stable platform than exists on the ISS and would allow greater periods of deployment for astronauts due to higher gravity on the moon than exists on the ISS. You would not have to worry as much about losing items, including astronauts, you could make larger pressurized structures able to store more equipment than you have available on the ISS (which would still prove a valuable resource as a sort of port for docking and loading). The freighter could also initially carry and deploy lunar satellites used for communications and planetary monitoring of both the earth and the moon. Providing a runway for the smaller space planes used as control modules and making it possible to launch larger vessels built in space from the lunar surface due to the much lower lunar gravity, aerodynamics would not be so much of an issue as function, which is what you want in space vessels anyway. Smaller vessels would be used to enter and escape atmosphere and larger drop ships would be used to ferry materials needed for exploratory missions. Heavy lift vehicles could be used to launch materials needed for space exploration and development. With the technology used to successfully deliver the rover on Mars, we have the ability to deliver materials to the surface of other planets. We could also use the knowledge we gain from commercial development on the moon to colonize other planets. It is insanity, however, to attempt to explore and colonize another planet without first creating a base from which it would be far easier to launch missions from than Earth. We need to make use of waypoints in space just as sailors make use of ports to refuel and resupply. Some items are shipped from one location to another, but often, a port is also used to rest, repair and resupply. We need to develop the moon. If we do, the journey to Mars will not seem quite so long...and we will be better prepared for it.

Risks and challenges

It could cost more to set up a space development company, but I have organized and set-up 5 distinct businesses, each a little more successful than the last. I know what start-up costs are and how to control them so they do not get out of hand. At this stage, I am really only looking to set up a presence and promote a vision and a business plan to investors. I have been wanting to do this for a couple of decades. I have the technology and logistics expertise to pull it off. Because the set-up of a business is far different from the execution of a business plan, the only challenge here is the money needed to set up the business in the right way, positioning it to market the vision and business plan. Everything, including the rewards for your support are designed to increase awareness and promote the business.

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    The LUNAR 1 Gold Support Pack will be designed to show your support of a new company with no other intended purpose except to use existing technology modified to the specific goal of building a ship that will never land, controlled by commercial vehicles operated by other companies via a docking interface and building a runway and complex on the moon for take-off and landing purposes allowing for future exploration and commercial development on the lunar surface within the next 20 years.

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    LUNAR 1 Platinum Support Pack

    LUNAR 1 Platinum Support Pack will be designed to show your support of a new company with no other intended purpose except to use existing technology modified to the specific goal of building a ship that will never land, controlled by commercial vehicles operated by other companies via a docking interface and building a runway and complex on the moon for take-off and landing purposes allowing for future exploration and commercial development on the lunar surface within the next 20 years.

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