Trans Lunar Research (TLR) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1996. TLR's primary goal is to set up the first manned Lunar Station on the surface of the Moon. The "cheap" hardware required to achieve this goal is under development in-house at Trans Lunar Research and at various locations around the world. Providing cash grants to selected organizations, TLR functions as a private space agency supporting space technology development. Trans Lunar Research believes that in order to make space attractive to the masses, it is imperative that humans not only colonize, but also industrialize space. For this reason we are promoting the development of deep space survival hardware such as more efficient rocket propulsion systems, lightweight radiation protection, Lunar and planetary oxygen extraction equipment, Moon and space-based energy production stations, and other technologies that will allow people to live self-sufficiently in space. These technologies will provide the preliminary infrastructure required to make space a commercially viable and profitable industrial zone. Once space becomes a profitable place to do business, it will attract the masses.
Colonization of the Moon will be the start of humankind's expansion into space. The Moon is an ideal staging point for the initial human habitation of space for these and many more reasons:
» The Moon is a three or four day trip from the Earth. Compare this with a trip to Mars which takes up to six months each way.
» The Moon provides all of the raw materials required for human to live such as water, oxygen, nitrogen and raw materials such as aluminum, iron, and titanium. There are preliminary indications of fissionable materials for nuclear energy production as well as an abundant supply of Helium III to fuel future nuclear fusion reactors.
» The Moon provides a unique alien environment for expanding the limits of human survival and adaptation through technology development and exploration.
» The Moon provides a clean, safe environment for carrying out astronomical, medical, and other scientific research.
» The Moon is an ideal location to develop "off-world" mining technology. Valuable raw materials such as titanium and Helium III are abundant on the Moon. In addition, the natural vacuum of the Moon provides an ideal setting for mineral extraction.
» The Moon provides a low-gravity manufacturing zone.
» The Moon's low-gravity also provides an ideal staging area for the further exploration of the solar system. This includes asteroid mining and the colonization of Mars. Launch hardware could be built on the surface of the Moon using indigenous Lunar materials. Such vehicles would be only a fraction of the size required for a comparable mission launched from Earth.
» The Moon provides a nearby off-world "island" for human preservation in the event of a catastrophic event on Earth, whether it be natural or unnatural.
The Moon is the ideal location for an off-world solar energy farm to supply cheap clean energy to the
Earth using microwave or Laser technology. Such an installation could
be built using Lunar indigenous materials.
How Does Trans Lunar Research Fund This Effort? TLR relies completely on the public to pay for hardware and mission development. The hardware and mission development efforts include earth-moon transportation systems, mission scenarios, colony site analysis, colony structures, life-support systems, space suits, lunar material processors for oxygen, metal, and propellant production, radiation protection, lunar landscaping equipment, and solar and nuclear energy production. Grants and contracts are being given to various companies and research groups to carry out these projects. Our primary sources of funding are the proceeds from private sector donations, advertising, sales of merchandise through the TLR Moonshop, and through an ongoing raffle. The legal Trans Lunar Raffle give you the chance to win an Orbital Vacation.
Join the private sector deep space movement! Your donations, whether outright or through the purchase of Trans Lunar Raffle Tickets, will be invested in mankind's effort to colonize the Moon.
Humans will not truly become spacefarers until they learn to live beyond low earth orbit.
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