Faculty Advisor

Pietroforte, Roberto

Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The project goal was to estimate the changes for cooperative international development of the moon. The cooperation or competition issue hinged on whether the moon was "valuable" or not. The valuable scenario depended on whether Helium-3 deposits on the Moon were needed on Earth to fuel fusion reactors. After studying the mindsets of each Space Agency and Corporation interested in the Moon, we investigated the tourism and Helium-3 Scenario. We found that He-3 will not be a feasible power source within our lifetime; cooperation will exist only at low levels due to a lack of common interest.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies