Here are a few commonly asked questions about LunARC

Why are you sending missions to the moon?

Why the moon? Why now?
The next generation of space exploration and development has kicked off in earnest in recent years, with billions being poured by governments into R&D, new launching technologies being developed by the private sector, and broad acknowledgment that the future of IT advancement is in space.  Several space agencies are planning to establish settlements on the moon over the next decade, including NASA with its Artemis missions. Within the next 5 years, humans are poised to return to the Moon and rapidly thereafter there will be some form of habitats established on the lunar surface to facilitate varied interests.
We believe that now is the ideal time to begin thinking collectively about how to establish global public goods in this next frontier of development. We hope our missions will inspire millions around the world and help spark a global movement.

Why should we care about development on the moon, when there are so many problems back on Earth to solve - for example, global poverty, climate change, health inequity?

Why develop the moon instead of the Earth
As a community, we’re deeply dedicated to improving life on Earth. Many of us have backgrounds in the social impact space. Yet we’ve noticed that as the space race gets more attention and resources, it has become the sole domain of the most powerful interests.
Our mission does not neglect the critical issues on Earth but rather seeks to complement them. By democratizing access to space and involving diverse voices, we strive to ensure that the future of humanity in space, and by extension on Earth, is not determined solely by a privileged few, but reflects our collective wisdom.
We also recognize that some may have reservations about human development on the Moon. While we understand those concerns, opting out of the conversation won't stop progress. By respectfully including these perspectives, we can work towards an outcome that considers diverse viewpoints.

How will you ensure there is a diverse representation of humanity in your missions and programs?

Partnerships are central to our model. Working with nonprofit organizations, UN agencies, governments, corporations and educational institutions, we plan to inform and engage people in all regions of the world. We  are committed to simplifying the participation process so there are minimal language or technology barriers.

Who is funding your missions and programs?

LunARC operates as a not-for-profit organization. Our funding model primarily revolves around donations, both monetary and in-kind contributions. These donations come from individuals, corporations, and philanthropic organizations who share our vision. Additionally, we greatly benefit from pro-bono contributions, where professionals offer their expertise and services to support our programs and initiatives.
Volunteers play a crucial role in our endeavors, dedicating their time and skills to various aspects of our missions and projects. From assisting in research and development to providing logistical support, their contributions are invaluable in realizing our goals. Furthermore, our team of advisors, composed of experts from diverse fields provides invaluable guidance and strategic insights, enhancing the effectiveness and impact of our work.

Where are you located?

Global Presence
LunARC is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, while our team members are spread across the globe, including diverse locations in Africa and Europe. Our global presence underscores our dedication to international collaboration and innovation, extending far beyond geographical boundaries. We're like a constellation of bright minds, coming together from all corners of the Earth to propel our mission forward.