An opinion piece by Space Settlement Institute president Douglas Jobes appeared in the May 2005 issue of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Times magazine. The article, "Lunar Land Claims Recognition: Designing the Ultimate Incentive for Space Infrastructure Development," examines the need for very significant financial incentives to jumpstart the space infrastructure that will be needed before a permanent lunar settlement can be constructed.
The article opens as follows: "While the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) often interfaces with the private sector, government cannot - and should not - be expected to bear the entire burden for developing space.
"NASA's primary focus is exploration and discovery. That means a comprehensive approach to space development depends on finding ways to make space profitable for private industry - if possible, convincing corporations, institutions, wealthy individuals, and venture capitalists to invest billions of dollars in space."
To read the full article, open the PDF version by clicking this link: Lunar Land Claims Recognition: Designing the Ultimate Incentive for Space Infrastructure Development.