Moon Olympics: Technology Readiness and Roadmap

Bernadette Joy Detera, Takeshi Ikeda, Naohiko Kohtake

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With the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing and the launch of the Artemis Program, lunar settlement and technologies for a sustainable presence on the Moon are now gaining a lot of attention in the global stage. To advance this initiative, international cooperation is extremely essential. The Olympic Games has been a long-standing beacon of peace and cooperation among nations. This paper builds on the concept of having the Olympics on the Moon as humanity's next frontier in the distant future. To realize this vision, an initial Concept of Operations (ConOps) is presented followed by key technologies necessary for the implementation of the Moon Olympics being hosted on the Moon. The following key technology areas were identified: (1) human mobility systems, (2) Lunar habitat structures, and (3) cross-cutting communication technologies. An assessment of each technology’s readiness and maturity is then conducted by determining the current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of each technology and identifying specific technologies from current and planned space missions. Subsequently, technological progress is evaluated using a certain Figure of Merit (FOM) highlighting gaps against technology capability requirements necessary for future Olympic Committees to successfully hold the Games. Finally, technology roadmap for key technologies identified was proposed considering today's progress in line with existing strategic roadmaps (e.g., The Global Exploration Roadmap) of major space players. This paper provides a brief review of development of each technology, summary of current efforts and technology readiness and proposed roadmap. Although many elements still need to be considered from a project management perspective, this paper gives unprecedented insights on the feasibility of hosting the Olympic Games on the Moon, as a succession of landmark international space cooperation projects such as the International Space Station.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th IAA Symposium on Visions and Strategies 2021 - Held at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2021
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
ISBN (Electronic)9781713843146
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event19th IAA Symposium on Visions and Strategies 2021 at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2021 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2021 Oct 252021 Oct 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
ISSN (Print)0074-1795


Conference19th IAA Symposium on Visions and Strategies 2021 at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • Lunar exploration
  • Olympics
  • Roadmap
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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