Golden Spike needs a big boost soon for its Indiegogo campaign. They only have $9,352 of the $240,000 goal. (The goal value represents one dollar per mile for the distance between the Earth and the Moon.)
Note, this campaign was intended not to raise money for directly funding development of their lunar exploration systems. They need a few billion dollars for that. Rather, the idea was to use the campaign to obtain some real data on public interest in lunar exploration. Golden Spike’s primary target market consists of developed countries, especially newly developed ones, who want to have their own human spaceflight programs. GS planned to use the Indiegogo data to help convince such countries that there is great public enthusiasm for lunar exploration. Unfortunately, the tepid response to the campaign doesn’t back up that contention. I think the poor response has less to do with a lack of public interest in private lunar adventures than it does with people thinking the campaign is for funding the GS project and that seems to them to be unrealistic and unreasonable.
Here is a video with Gerry Griffin, Chairman of the Board of the Golden Spike Company and “former director of Johnson Space Center and Flight Director in Mission Control for all of the Apollo Missions”: