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the advancement of humanity. I mentioned already two new ventures that
I wish to start: one related to health
care for the elderly and one related to
space exploration. The first aims at
providing a better solution to help the
elderly rise from bed and get into a
wheelchair, without the assistance of
a nurse, and then to be able to move
from the wheelchair and get back
into bed. Such a capability would
change the lives of many who need
help but cannot afford it. I think of
a solution allowing enough freedom
of movement that is patient friendly
and offered at a low cost, superior to
the exoskeletons and the dual bed-
wheelchair-proposed alternatives.
Lately, this has been keeping me up
at night because I very much want to
be instrumental in changing people's
lives by developing and deploying
adequate solutions. I think this is a

possibility that can occur in the next
five years.
My second project is a solar power
infrastructure at the lunar South Pole
that would provide continuous reflected sunlight to areas where robotic equipment is expected to operate.
The poles receive almost continuous
sunlight, yet inside polar craters there
is permanent shade. My solution aims
to power in-situ resource use on the
moon and produce fuel (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) from the
icy regolith believed to exist in the
shaded craters.
The availability of affordable fuel
in the lunar orbit will change space
travel forever, enabling a permanent
human presence on Mars. An infrastructure of multiple solar reflectors, placed at specific locations such
that at least one reflects the sunlight at any moment during the year,

projecting the sunlight where needed,
will change how robotic missions are
carried out. This will significantly reduce operation costs because rovers
will be permanently powered, operating in sunlight at all times.
The concept is now funded as a
NASA NIAC Phase 2 study, but I believe
that it will also require a private effort
to make it happen. I believe this concept is the only economically feasible
solution to powering in-situ resource
utilization equipment for extracting
water from permanently shaded areas
where water ice regolith reserves are
believed to exist. The generated hydrogen and oxygen will be used as rocket
fuel for traveling to Mars and beyond.
This is a more ambitious project, requiring perhaps more than ten years
and hundreds of millions of dollars.
This one also keeps me up at night.

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