Many of the technical and community engagement activities of the Moon Village Association (MVA) will be accomplished through a series of ongoing “working groups”. These Working Groups, which will be led by members in good standing of the Association, will conduct their activities by means of email, cooperative online means, teleconferences, etc., according to a schedule to be decided by the working group – but coordinated to support a planned annual MVA International Moon Village Workshop.
Terms of Reference
An overarching Working Groups Terms of Reference (TOR) for the MVA Working Groups is provided as a reference below.
As noted elsewhere, the Moon Village is an overarching concept for the future exploration, development and eventual settlement of the Moon. It is not a particular location, “camp” (such as a science outpost in Antarctica) or timeframe. It will involve not only government programs and projects, but also a diverse array of private and/or commercial ventures and scientific research activities. However, the activities of the several Working Groups must be coordinated as this array of global human efforts unfolds. In order to accomplish this objective, a scenario-based planning approach is being employed. An initial Moon Village Reference Scenario white paper for the MVA Working Groups is provided as a reference below.
Leader: John C. Mankins, MVA VP
The “Moon Village Architectural Concepts & Issues” Working Group provides a forum for identification and promotion of an international discussion on various architectural concepts, including key environmental issues (such as dust mitigation, radiation exposure, etc. that might arise from the Moon Village concept and its implementation. The Architectural WG provides oversight and integration of the results from two other MVA Working Groups – the Moon Village Standards WG and the Human Factors WG, both described below.
The “Moon Village Standards” Working Group provides a forum for identifying and discussing relevant standards and potential interfaces for various Moon Village (MV) systems options and prospective operations. The MV Standards WG is a part of the overall MV Architectural Concepts & Issues WG effort.
The “Human Factors” Working Group provides a forum for identifying at a high-level the human factors considerations associated with the Moon Village and promoting an international discussion of those issues. The WG will also identify appropriate routes by which to inform decisions regarding Human Factors (e.g., space program planners), or that might arise from the Moon Village concept and its implementation. The MV Human Factors WG is a part of the overall MV Architectural Concepts & Issues WG effort.
The “Moon Missions, Markets & Economics” Working Group provides a forum for three interrelated topics associated with potential paths forward for the Moon Village (MV). First, identification & development of an integrated summary of actual or planned Lunar surface and/or Lunar vicinity markets & missions. Second, identification of actual / potential funding sources of current / planned missions. And, third, identification and/or facilitation of potential “match-making” between sources of mission/market requirements and developers of services that might satisfy those requirements. The WG also provides oversight and integration of the results of two other MV working groups; these are the Lunar Data Harmonization WG and the Moon Village Critical Services WG, described below.
The “Mission & Markets Requirements Data” Working Group focuses on coordination among the business-driven data requirements of private sector players and the lunar mission plans of science / government / private sector players. It also provides a forum for identifying at a high-level various data sources associated with the Moon Village and promoting international discussion of those sources. The WG will also identify appropriate routes by which to inform decisions regarding mission decision makers regarding these data. The Mission & Markets Requirements Data WG is a part of the overall Moon Markets, Missions & Economics WG effort.
The “Moon Village Critical Services” Working Group provides a forum for identifying and characterizing selected high-priority services that are needed (e.g., navigation, communications, etc.) for the Moon Village over time, and promoting an international discussion of those topics. The WG will coordinate with the Standards WG and the Data Harmonization WG. The MV Critical Services WG is a part of the overall Moon Markets, Missions & Economics WG effort.
The “Coordination & Cooperation” Working Group identifies, assesses and provides inputs to international activities related to Moon Village cooperation & coordination; it works with all of the various MV working groups discussed.
The “Moon Village & Exploration Analogues” Working Group provides a forum for identifying and coordinating activities related to terrestrial analogues for the Moon Village. It also addresses the associated topic of the use of the Moon as an analogue/testbed for future exploration of Mars and other destinations; it works with all of the various MV working groups discussed.
The “Cultural Considerations WG” provides a forum for raising and promoting an international discussion of diverse cultural factors that must inform decisions regarding, or that might arise from the Moon Village concept and its implementation. The WG will involve experts and intellectuals worldwide, ready to contribute to the discussion while at the same time reaching out to the general public to communicate a broader knowledge and a better understanding of possible challenges and likely opportunities for an improvement of our life on Earth.