The Moon Village Association (MVA) is a non-profit organization which provides a forum for the development of the Moon Village”
Countries represented currently: 25
Giuseppe Reibaldi is a Senior Space Policy Adviser. Apart from being President of the MVA he also acts as the Executive Secretary of the “The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group” which started under his initiative in 2015. Moreover, he is, since 2013, the Director of Human Spaceflight at the International Academy ofAstronautics. For 35 years (1977-2012) he worked for the European Space Agency covering different functions and fields. Reibaldi has introduced Space Policy in the Italian Universities in the 90s and he teaches in Turin for the 2017/2018 academic year. He is the author of more than 80 publications, as well a book about the International Space Station Utilization, translated in Italian, English and Greek.
The lead technologist and chief executive of a stealth Aerospace startup in Silicon Valley, Daniel Faber has leveraged his experience as an entrepreneur and engineer to draw together key emerging players in the field of in-space materials technology and successfully connect them to leading venture capitalists. As the former CEO of Deep Space Industries, Mr. Faber built a solid technology business, aggressively advancing a vision of delivering off-earth resources to the space economy. Under his leadership, the company released its first products with significant customer traction, grew sales from zero to nearly $10 million, changed global perceptions and regulations around space resources, and positioned DSI to systematically create and commercialize all the technology necessary for mining asteroids.
Angeliki Kapoglou is Systems designer and strategy consultant with an obsession with working across disciplines and large scale systems. She has worked at NASA JPL, ESA and CERN. Moreover, after spending last year at one of the world’s leading centers for innovation at Stanford University, Angeliki became interested in applying Human - Centered Design methodologies as a strategic planning tool for early space mission concept formulation by using ESA’s Moon Village initiative as a case study. She is currently a strategy design consultant for ESA HQ, DLR and the Dubai Futures Foundation and she is also the focal point for MVA partnerships and the MVA community manager.
Max Grimard is a Senior Space Business and Policy Analyst, retired from Airbus Defense in 2016 after 35 years. He held successive positions at Aerospatiale which became later EADS Space, Astrium and Airbus Defence and Space, representing a background of 20 years in System Engineering and Project Management, 5 years in General Management, and 10 years in Strategy, Business development, and Innovation. Max Grimard is Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, of several committees of the International Astronautical Federation (Entrepreneurship and Investment, Space Economy Committee, and Space Museum and Science Center, and member of the Board of the World Space Week Association.
Irmagard Marboe is Associate Professor of International Law, Department of European, International and Comparative Law Section for International Law and International Relations Faculty of Law. Marboe is also the head of the Austrian National Point of Contact (NPOC) for Space Law of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) since 2008. She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).
"The Moon Village is important because it offers an open, collaborative framework for international human and robotic lunar and cis-lunar activities of a wide range. This will allow not just countries but also diverse groups, organisation and other actors to engage with humanity’s return to the Moon and the setting up of a permanent presence there." - Chris Welch
Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. He started his professional career working as a space scientist at the University of Kent on the Giotto and Ulysses missions but later redirected his focus to the technical side of space activities in particular non-chemical space propulsion and its applications. Prior to joining ISU in 2011, Prof Welch worked at Kingston University, London where he was responsible for Astronautics and Space Technology activities. During this period, he was also a specialist advisor on two government enquiries into UK space policy.
Within the IAF, Professor Welch has participated in more than 20 IACs and is twice former chair of the federation’s Space and Education and Outreach Committee. He also sits on the IPC Steering Group as the Category E Co-ordinator and is a member of the Space Universities Administrative Committee and the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space. In 2015 he was the recipient of the IAF Distinguished Service Award.
Outside of the IAF, Professor Welch is a Vice-President, Council Member and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics.
A longstanding supporter of space education and outreach activities Prof Welch sits on the boards of the World Space Week Association and the Spacelink Learning Foundationand the Advisory Board of the Space Generation Advisory Council. In 2009 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education. Other board memberships include the Arts Catalystand the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. Prof Welch has BSc (Hons) in Physics from Cardiff University, an MSc in Space Physics from the University of Leicester and PhD in Spacecraft Engineering from Cranfield University.
"The idea of a diverse human community living and working on the Moon is increasingly capturing the imagination of people around the world. I look forward to helping to identify opportunities and resolve challenges as we evolve from ideas to reality in the years to come." - Mike Simpson
Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Dr. Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law and is a Senior Fellow of the International Institute of Space Commerce. After 23 years of service, Dr. Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.
Dr. Simpson's practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, participating organization representative to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety and Space Security Committees of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and is a Vice Chair of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group. He sits on the governing board of the World Space Week Association, and is a governor of the National Space Society in the United States.
Dr. Simpson is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions. Read Dr. Simpson's publications.
Lunar Economy and Finance
A collective of financiers, Space entrepreneurs and analysts with the objective to:
Manager: Jason Aspiotis
Members: Jeff Greenblatt, Andrew Barton, Angeliki Kapoglou, Daniel Faber, Michael Mealling
Requirements for Selecting a Lunar Base Location
The Site Selection working group will consider optimum locations for the Moon Village, taking into account access to resources, ease of communication with Earth, and scientific and other objectives.
Managers: Ian Crawford and Clive Neal
Moon Village Systems Architecture
To show people how the Moon Village could be build, and what it might look like. We will collect, refine and disseminate architectures for development of the Moon Village. The architectures and their components will be sourced globally from various organizations and individuals and may be developed, modified or extended by the working group. The architectures will cover technical, economic, legal, political, environmental, social, and psychological issues at a high level, and will rely on other WGs or external parties to provide detailed analysis.
Objectives: Emphasis will be placed on communicating these plans and architectures through online data repositories, reports, imagery, video, diagrams and short descriptions, and disseminating these materials through online means, social media, the press, and generally making the material available for others to use, re-distribute and build upon. We will deliver an annual report “How to Build a Moon Village” at the MVA Workshop.
Call to action: looking for people:
Moon Village Participation Mechanism Working Group
This Working Group will focus on crafting basic principles and tenets fostering the development of the Moon Village Association, and eventually the Moon Village itself. By enabling discourse between all potential lunar actors, the group will develop basic tenets of a business-enabling legal environment observant of all international and municipal regulatory frameworks.
Managers: Irma Marboe and Chris Johnson
MVA REGIONAL COORDINATORS
MVA is looking for active leaders around the world to become the MVA Regional Coordinators. This is a one year, volunteer position that offers a chance to lead and be responsible for the voice of the MVA in your region, especially as activities and excitement for the Moon Village expand around the world! You can find more information about how to apply here.
China - MVA Regional Coordinator: Prof. Yuguang Yang, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China
Japan - MVA Regional Coordinator: Prof. Kazuya Yoshida and William Jones, PhD Student, Space Robotics Lab (SRL) of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.
Africa - MVA Regional Coordinator: Dr Francis Chizea (National Space Research and Development Agency), Nigeria
Hungary - MVA Local Coordinator: Dr. Tibor Pacher (CEO Team PuliSpace)
South America - MVA Regional Coordinator: Prof. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto , Catholic University of Santos
The Founders of the Moon Village Association emphasize that the Moon Village will obey the following statutes:
The Moon Village will be a common destination for multiple users and multiple uses where different nations could collaborate together for sustainable operations on the lunar surface as well as in cis-lunar space,
acknowledging that the Moon Village will encompass infrastructure and systems supporting surface operations or stand-alone activities in lunar orbits,
believing that the Moon Village will enable important new opportunities for the science of the Moon, on the Moon and from the Moon,
convinced that the Moon Village could become the proving ground for the future exploration of Mars and other celestial bodies,
appreciating that the Moon Village vision will play a key role in the long-term, peaceful, and sustainable evolution of humankind,
highlighting that the Moon Village will serve as a catalyst for governmental, scientific, educational and commercial activities and for stimulating investments,
and expecting that, on the basis of governmental and private funding, industry will build infrastructures and provide products as well as create new applications and services, have joined efforts to establish the Moon Village Association.