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Lunar Settlement Index

To enable a lunar future for humankind, we first have to know what stands in our way and what the best path forward is. WayPaver identifies, researches, and analyzes roadblocks to Lunar Settlement in an effort to determine the most effective way of mitigating them. As entrepreneurs and researchers are identified whose work is relevant to roadblock categories, we provide strategic support and coordinate with investors, philanthropic vehicles, and experts in our network to provide assistance as they move forward. To guide this process, WayPaver Foundation has created a database called the Lunar Settlement Index (LSI). The LSI is a living database of currently identified roadblocks to Lunar Settlement. Through ongoing research and collaboration, the database is constantly updated as new roadblocks are discovered and other roadblocks are removed. In essence, the LSI allows us to gain a better understanding of what’s causing each roadblock and what the most effective way of mitigating it is. As the LSI evolves, it becomes a roadmap that illuminates the most effective and economically sustainable path to establishing a permanent human presence on the lunar surface. We bring together leaders and experts both from within and outside of the space community to foster collaboration and increase awareness of breakthroughs in science and technology that relate to Lunar Settlement as well as global challenges. Through our invitation-only WayPaver Foundation Summits, we bring together leaders in various fields to determine best ways of addressing the scientific, technological, economic, and political aspects of Lunar Settlement. If you are interested in helping us with our research please reach out to our CEO, Michael Mealling at mmealling@waypaverfoundation.org.