The OpenLuna Foundation is a privately funded project seeking to
return mankind to the lunar surface, first through robotic missions, followed
by manned exploration, culminating in an eight person permanent outpost,
and to do all of this in a way that it is accessible to everyone. The research
and technology will be open-source, and one of our specific goals is to reach
out to the community and educational systems to spread interest, enthusiasm,
and involvement. As a not-for-profit company, funding so far are from donations
and membership dues. We are gearing up to seek corporate and private sponsorship.
One major source of income will be through education and entertainment. The
company has been forming over the last couple of years and has gaining momentum
over the last few months. I became actively involved after the first membership
meeting in June 2009 where the board was formed and officers were elected
and I became VP of Membership and Development.