The AIAA Cislunar Ecosystem Task Force (CETF) is focused on the coordination of government, aerospace industry, adjacent industry, and supporting institution participation in a whole-of-economy effort to promote development of a cislunar ecosystem comprising the necessary infrastructure and institutions for permanent, sustainable human presence off-world between LEO and the lunar surface. The CETF is convening major stakeholders from space industry, adjacent industry, government, academia, and non-government civil organizations to emphasize the need for sustained and consistent cislunar ecosystem development. Its principal outputs will be support to policymakers and stakeholders with relevant technical and analytic perspectives.
AIAA Cislunar Ecosystem Task Force Lead
Dennis J. Paul has 42 years’ experience in management, business development, program management, and technology consulting associated with advancing and operating aerospace systems. His experience includes developing programs, advanced capabilities for emerging needs, national and international plans for human spaceflight systems to advance national exploration goals. Paul currently works with Aerospace Corporation as a Senior Project Leader in the Civil Systems Group. He held senior leadership roles for aerospace programs in support of NASA, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
AIAA is publishing technical papers from members as well as thought leadership columns on the Cislunar Ecosystem. Read these selected recent publications and search for others in Aerospace Research Central (ARC).
Year of Autonomy in Alaskan Glaciers, Flight, Earth Orbit, Cislunar Space and Mars
“An Orbital Transportation Network to Support the Cislunar Space Enterprise”
2022 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics
Kathleen Howell, Purdue University
2022 ASCEND, October 2022
AIAA Cislunar Depot Report-Out
2022 ASCEND, October 2022
Cis-Lunar Cargo Transfers To Support Propellant Depots In Lunar Orbit
2021 ASCEND, November 2021
Partnering For a Commercial Cislunar Logistics Infrastructure
2020 ASCEND, November 2020
Quantum Space Announces Cislunar Mission
Space News reports that at AIAA’s 2022 ASCEND event, CTO of Quantum Space Ben Reed announced plans for the company’s first smallsat pathfinder mission which will collect situational awareness data. The QS-1 spacecraft is scheduled to launch in October 2024. Reed said of the cislunar mission, “We intend on demonstrating the ability to operate and navigate in cislunar space. We are going to be collecting space domain awareness and space situational awareness data.”