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I am going to be the first woman on the Moon to bring all flags planted up there back home and hand them over to their rightful owner, which is represented by the president of the United States of America.

All I need is € 10 billion.

 

Is it really that expensive to fly to the Moon?

I am not exaggerating. Spaceflight is expensive and consists to a large extend of development costs. Manned missions to celestial bodies go with enormous costs in comparison to robotic missions and are very uncommon today. The last man touched the Moon’s surface in 1972. Since I won’t simply fly to the Moon but have the mission to free it from the five flags left there, some things are needed which did not exist in the Apollo era yet.

Here is an overview of the arising costs, which might help you to understand the composition of the sum better. It is really difficult to be more precise as the space flight sector is quite secretive and the costs are on a negotiated basis. There are no fix prices in spaceflight and development expenses can vary.

 

  1. A human lander: Human landers are more complex and much more expensive. No country is currently building a human-rated lander. This is not because of technology issues: Development costs will be about € 4.5 billion to design and construct landers that could land two astronauts plus a second one landing the rover.

 

  1. A human-rated rover: It must be capable to get me safely 5000 km from one flag to the next one, similar to a small caravan with enough storage space for food, water and oxygen. The longest distance a roving vehicle covered so far were 35.9 km during the Apollo 17 mission. Again: It is technically feasible, but there will be development and production expenses of approximately another € 4 billion.

 

  1. The Launch: The Launch Service Provider of my choice will be paid approximately € 500 million for the ordering and construction of the carrier rocket, assembly and stacking, payload integration, and ultimately for conducting the launch itself.

 

  1. The Spaceship: Up to € 300 million will be spent on the spaceship.

 

  1. Smaller expenses occur for the astronaut training, the astronaut suit and supplies like fuel, food, water and oxygen                                      

 

You can follow the progress on my Youtube-channel and stay updated via Facebook. In the FAQ’s below you'll learn how I'm planning to carry out the mission in detail.

 

Where are the flags located?


The coordinates of the flags are the following:


Apollo 11: 0.674°, 23.473° Sea of Tranquility


Apollo 12: -3.013°, -23.419° Ocean of Storms


Apollo 14: -3.645°, -17.471° Fra Mauro formation afrg dgth


Apollo 15: -26.132°, 3.634° Hadley-Apennine


Apollo 16: -8.973°, 15.498° Descartes Highlands


Apollo 17: 20.188°, 30.774° Taurus–Littrow

 

     


How many flags are still on the Moon?


The flag Neil Armstrong erected on the Moon at the Apollo 11 mission is gone. It fell over during the rocket blast that launched them back to meet with the command module, because it was planted to close to the landing capsule. All other flags are still standing there, as we could see on photographs of the Moon, taken 2012 by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. For me, this means one flag less I have to care about.

 

Where do the flags come from?


In the course of the Apollo program from 1969 to 1972 six manned Moon missions took place, all done by NASA astronauts. At each Moon landing they erected an American flag. The flags were bought off the shelf for $ 5.50 each, produced by Dennis Lacarrubbas New-Jersey-based company Annin Flagmaking. They have a size of 3-by-5-foot or 0.91 by 1.52 meters.


Are the flags still in their original condition?


No, they are not. The Moon’s harsh environment afflicted them badly. Due to 46 years of ultraviolet rays, micro-meteor impact and alternating 14 days of sunlight and 100° C heat and 14 days of darkness with temperatures around -150° C, the flags lost their color. They are completely white now. So it is about time to return the white flags, as they have already given all they had for their purpose.


What will happen to the flags after you returned them to Earth?


It is not my goal to tarnish history. I will neither damage nor steal them, nor do I want to place my own flag into the Moon's grey soil. I intend to give the flags back to their rightful owner, which is represented by the president of the United States of America.

   


When will you do the mission?


The estimated flight date is 2025. The precise and reliable planning as well as my physical preparations require time. This has a lot more to do with safety and testing than with the actual technology development.


Isn’t this illegal?


No. The Outer Space Treaty from 1968 explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet. Article II of the treaty states that "outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means". As I won’t damage or steal someone’s property there are no legal objections. Even if it the United States never implied to take possessions of the Moon, but to "signalize [sic] the first lunar landing as an historic forward step of all mankind that has been accomplished by the United States", a flag is a common symbol of marking a territory.


What about astronaut training?


Every person with the desire to go to space and enough money is able to do an astronaut training at Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City near Moscow. The training will be adapted to the individual needs of my mission. After I proved medical suitability for the journey I am going to take theoretical lessons, attend lectures, and pass hands-on simulator training. I will have to assimilate and become an active member of the cosmonaut team. A minimum of six months or 900 hours of active mission training with my fellow crew-members is required. The training will include atmospheric pressure tests in a specially designed pressure chamber and a hands-on station-training in the simulators at the training center, including time in the Soyuz flight simulator and Soyuz docking simulator. Furthermore I will do Orlan Space Suit Training, including a space walk in the Orlan DMA Space Suit in the Hydrolab and a centrifuge training between 3 and 4 G’s, and an overload test at 8 G’s. A Vestibular Training and a Zero Gravity flight onboard an Ilyushin 76 MDK and an edge of space flight aboard a high-performance fighter jet MiG–29 (supersonic flight at Mach 2, with altitudes up to 74,000ft) will follow.


Where do you get your astronaut suit from?


Since I complete my training in Star City, I will wear a Russian Orlan spacesuit, designed and built by NPP Zvezda. Alternatively, I could choose the Chinese Feitian space suit or order my astronaut suit from the American special engineering development and manufacturing company ILC Dover, which also delivers NASA astronauts. While the Apollo spacesuits were custom-made, the modern NASA spacesuits are modular, and made from off-the-shelf assemblies in a limited number of sizes.

                      


What’s the technology that takes you to the Moon?


Obviously, we already know how to build the necessary spacecraft and requisite booster rockets to get to the Moon. We don't need to develop any new technologies, though there'd be plenty of engineering work to be done. Today there are many spacecraft components readily available, and are flight-proven. What we have today are lighter, more reliable, more controllable launch vehicles. On March 11, NASA was test firing the new Space Launch System (SLS). It is being built as we speak and it will be the largest, most powerful rocket ever created, able to launch people to beyond Earth orbits. The two strap-on boosters will have more thrust than the Saturn V. The initial SLS design goal is to be able to lift 70 metric tons to Low Earth Orbit, and a future version is projected to lift 130 MT to LEO. Boeing is designing the core stage, and ATK is doing the solid boosters. Companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin are also developing heavy lift boosters in line with improvements to the old Atlas and Delta rockets. Moreover SpaceX is currently developing the Falcon Heavy lift booster which will be capable of taking assets to Mars, so a flight to the Moon will be a piece of cake for that kind of technology.

 

This is NASA’s description of how manned Moon missions will work in the future: A heavy-lift rocket blasts off, carrying a lunar lander and a "departure stage" needed to leave Earth's orbit. The crew launches separately, then docks their capsule with the lander and departure stage and heads for the Moon. Three days later, the crew goes into lunar orbit. The astronauts climb into the lander, leaving the capsule to wait for them in orbit. After landing and collecting the flags, the crew blasts off in a portion of the lander, docks with the capsule and travels back to Earth. After a de-orbit burn, the service module is jettisoned, exposing the heat shield for the first time in the mission. The parachutes deploy, the heat shield is dropped and the capsule sets down on dry land.

 


How do you plan to get from site to site?

 

There are several options to reach the single sites. The most developed option so far is to use a lunar roving vehicle or a pressurized rover. The NASA is currently testing concepts of the Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV). It’s a modular multi-mission vehicle that would consist of a pressurized cabin that can be combined either with a wheeled chassis or to a flying platform. The SEV is the size of a small pickup truck, has twelve wheels, and can house two astronauts. The SEV is developed together with other projects under the Advanced Explorations Systems Program. As the development has progressed quite far, it won’t be hard for spacecraft manufacturers like Boeing and General Motors, which have already been involved in the manufacturing process of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), to go into production soon. I would probably  use a radioisotope-thermal generator as a power supply, since it is smaller, more portable, and produces a substantial amount of power-to-mass without the reliability problems of solar power.


A multi-hop landing mission could be another possibility to reach the five landing sites. I would prestage the supplies in advance to the sites and send a heavy launched lander to the Moon with an Orion capsule in orbit for the return.

 

How does the Moon landing take place if you carry a lunar rover with you?

 

ULA and Masten recently worked out their Dual Thrust Axis Lander (DTAL) concept. They started developing lunar landers from a platform based upon an operational upper stage, which minimizes development and recurring costs while increasing crew safety and reliability. The DTAL lands horizontally. It uses an RL10 engine to accomplish the descent deceleration to just above the lunar surface. Final landing is accomplished using thrusters mounted along the DTAL body. This configuration places the crew and payloads safely and conveniently close to the lunar surface. This same mission design supports placement of large elements, like my rover, as well. At the Apollo mission they dropped the lunar rover module as a separate landing, which I am planning to do as well.

SpaceX's approach of an integrated travel-lander-return-travel-vehicle seems like a clever strategy as well. This way I can return just about any time. I will launch into low lunar orbit and then be able time it so that my Trans Earth Injection burn is at the right time. A low lunar orbit is about an 80 minute period give or take, so I won't have to wait long.

However, the primary design goal for the whole mission must be to minimize fuel use.


How long is it to get from one flag to another?


Total length of route amounts to 4147 km, ignoring Apollo 11’s landing site. The terrain does not allow straight-line travelling since there are a lot of craters that I have to bypass, so I round up the distance to 5000 km or 3106 miles. The SEV is able to reach about 10 kilometers per hour in any direction. That means 500 hours of travelling or 30 days of driving, which exceeds the SEV's storage limits. The solution is to drop supplies like food, oxygen, water and a shelter halfway at Apollo sites no. 16 and 17 via robots, which made it possible to restock the SEV to get on with the missions.


A 12 - A 14:   181 km 

A 14 - A 16:   1007 km

A 16 - A 17:   995 km

A 17 - A 15:   776 km

A 15 - A12:    1188 km


Are there any private space flight companies offering Moon landings?


The Golden Spike Company plans to offer Moon landings for everyone by 2020. They estimate the costs for one flight to be € 1.24 billion as soon as they raised enough money for development expenses – which is € 7 billion. Since they neither did calculate the high amount of food and oxygen needed for a mission like mine nor the transportation of the lunar rover, the costs for my flight will be higher. This infographic shows how they would get me to the Moon, if I chose to coorporate with them. However, there is very little information about the company and their calculation is not transparent.

 

Will you really be the first women on the Moon?


Yes, I will be the first woman doing a Moon landing. Until now there only have been twelve men set foot on the Moon, two at each Moon landing. Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first in 1969, followed by Charles Conrad and Alan Bean in the same year. Alan B. Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott and James Irwin landed in 1971, David Scott and James Irwin were on board in 1972 and Eugene Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt were the last ones with the longest stay of 22 hours so far.

 


What happens to my money if you don’t reach your goal?

 

In the unlikely event of me not raising € 10 billion, your donated money will be refunded. There is no risk of losing money to a lunatic.


Are you serious?


I am.

 

 
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