Stanford On The Moon Symposium


Cypress Room, 2nd Floor Tresidder Memorial Union

Saturday, October 2, 2004





9:00 a.m. Welcome to Attendees - Opening Statement: Stanford On The Moon How it all began


9:10 a.m. Stanford On The Moon Update: Review progress since last year


9:20 a.m. Development of Mission Statement for 2015 /

Organizational Goals


                 Long term goals for 2015

What would be significant and reasonable goals for a Stanford presence on the Moon 2015?


                 Goals for Stanford On The Moon Conference October 2005


Development of Infrastructure that will enable communication and fundraising activities

-                     Updates to members via Email

-                     Decision making executive committee

-                     Define project goals

-                     Define fundraising goals

-                     How to implement / manage fundraising

-                     Define interface with related facilities, such as the Overseas Studies Program


9:45 a.m. Presentations of Lunar Missions / Projects


Bob Twiggs and Bruce Lusignan

Stanford Professor Bob Twiggs, of the Space Systems Development Laboratory (SSDL) is an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of small, low-cost satellites or CubeSats.


Stanford Associate Professor Bruce Lusignan, of the Electrical Engineering Department, designs and introduces advanced communications and space systems, in addition to directing an international effort for cooperative exploration of Mars.


                 Mark A. Cappelli

Stanford Associate Professor Mark A. Cappelli, of the Thermosciences Division, Department of Mechanical Engineering, specializes in plasma propulsion and is secretary of the Electric Propulsion Technical Committee of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.


                 Dennis Laurie TransOrbital, Inc.

Dennis Laurie is president and CEO of TransOrbital, Inc. which has developed TrailBlazer, the first fully licensed commercial lunar mission. TrailBlazer is a lunar orbiter which will transmit 90 days of live feed video featuring EarthRise, as well as produce the most detailed lunar mapping to date.


                 Claudio Maccone

Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and lecturer at the Politecnico of Turin, Dr. Maccone received the Giordano Bruno Award from the SETI League for technical excellence in the service of SETI and is proposing a Radiometer orbiting the Moon.




SpaceDev has generated considerable interest as a propulsion system supplier for SpaceShipOne and recipient of NASA contracts. SpaceDev is currently developing an International Lunar Observatory for Lunar Enterprise Corporation, a subsidiary of Space Age Publishing Company. Founder / CEO Jim Benson has more than 30 years of high-tech entrepreneurial and management experience.


11:15 a.m. Recommendations and Closing Discussion


Noon No Host Luncheon at the Coffee House, Tresidder


2:15 p.m. Hall Thruster Demonstration, Room 520