|The cycler - a study of commercial feasibility for the circum-lunar space tourism vehicle assembled using technology at TRL6 or higher
|Natalia Lemarquis, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2020
|1 online resource (51 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|The cis-lunar space tourism is yet a futuristic concept. However, the thrill and innovation that it offers has potential to attract attention of potential customers and investors. Developing regular touristic cis-lunar transportation could be an opportunity to improve lunar business and infrastructure. This Report presents a business case for the cis-Lunar transportation vehicle and portfolio of services that can be realised by the year 2030. The business case expands previous studies on the Cycler concept proposed by Bombardier, Dr. Farr and Dr. Peraldi in 2016. The circum-lunar Cycler is a modular vehicle that orbits the Earth and the Moon on a free return trajectory in a seven-day crewed journey (based on a study by Genova and Aldrin). The modular structure provides comfortable travel conditions for eight paying customers and three crew members with potential for expanding its services. This paper proposes a vehicle architecture using available components with the current TRLs of 6 or higher. The Report analyses the financial metrics based on a dedicated financial modelling tool together with potential approach for financing the system. Risk assessment related with the investment in cis-lunar transportation system is presented. This approach overviews the current technology and its potential transfer to develop cis-lunar tourism and transportation.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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