The Multipurpose Lunar Base as a First-Line Biosphere Defense and as a Gateway to the Universe

  • Nikola SchmidtEmail author
  • Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla
  • Petr Boháček
  • Jackelynne Silva-Martinez
  • Pete Worden
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This concluding chapter shows practically that planetary defense is not about securing the mere absence of threat. Deflecting asteroids does not necessarily require its own dedicated technology. Quite the contrary, planetary defense can and should be approached as a civilian and scientific endeavor with historical importance. This will be challenging, but if we can build a laser capable of sending nanoprobes to the nearest stars at 20% light speed and use the same installation for possible asteroid deflection, then we should not need to rely on militarily oriented planetary defense by a leading nation. In this chapter, we discuss the associated challenges and required technologies, and also that our community of fate can become a security community—a community in which we do not perceive one another as enemies but as allies. We explain the science of Moon survival and structures for the multipurpose lunar base, as well as the main issues of building a super powerful laser on the Moon. The same installation can be built on Earth if we can reach a breakthrough in global governance. The chapter ends by discussing the notion that planetary defense is not national defense.


Multipurpose lunar base Laser ablation Laser propulsion Interstellar travel Security communities Cosmopolitanism 



This study was supported by the grant awarded by the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, project TL01000181: “A multidisciplinary analysis of planetary defense from asteroids as the key national policy ensuring further flourishing and prosperity of humankind both on Earth and in Space,” and co-funded by the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikola Schmidt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla
    • 2
  • Petr Boháček
    • 3
  • Jackelynne Silva-Martinez
    • 4
  • Pete Worden
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social SciencesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherMadridSpain
  3. 3.Institute of International RelationsPragueCzech Republic
  4. 4.International Space UniversityHoustonUSA
  5. 5.Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Breakthrough StarShotMoffett FieldUSA

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