Faculty Advisor

Kazantzis, Nikolaos K.

Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The world is approaching an energy crisis, and it is critical to focus on an alternate long term energy source. Given the current urge to explore space and expand humanity's outreach, harvesting the energetically rich Helium-3 from the Moon's surface is an ideal, yet challenging, objective which is amply motivated by current energy economic realities. He-3 can be used in a nuclear fusion reactor to generate enormous energy outputs with negligible waste. In this project, we study the scientific breakthroughs required in space and fusion technologies to successfully harvest He-3 from the Moon. Additionally, a multitude of interests expressed on a global scale in lunar He-3 are examined and assessed based on a legal space framework, and socio-economic political scenarios are developed that would result from the aforementioned space venture.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies