Lunar Rights and Resources

How do we establish real property rights in space?

The issue of Lunar property rights is a complex and contentious matter that involves questions about the legality and feasibility of commercial and international entities extracting and utilizing resources from the Moon. As space exploration technologies continue to advance, it will become increasingly important to establish clear and equitable laws and regulatory frameworks for the management of Lunar property rights in order to promote sustainable and responsible space activities.

The goal of this project is to identify and inventory all known Lunar resources and the rights associated with their utilization as they exist today.  This understanding will be used to develop a systematic approach to identifying what “property rights” currently exist with respect to space resources on the Moon. This project will create a living schematic of known Lunar resources that will be revisited periodically and will serve as a reference guide for the evolving field of space resource management.

Key accomplishments

Project contact: 

Mark Naufel

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Team members

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