Structures for a Lunar Baseby M. Daniel Vanderbilt, Colorado State Univ, United States,
Marvin E. Criswell, Colorado State Univ, United States,
Willy Z. Sadeh, Colorado State Univ, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space
Constructed facilities will play the key role in the establishment of a lunar base. Such a base is essential in the development of the space frontier and the expansion of humans into space. The most important missions of a lunar base are: (1) advancement of scientific knowledge; (2) exploration and use of lunar resources; (3) development of technologies to support space infrastructures; (4) testbed for space biospheres; and (5) spaceport for launching of spacecraft. For the civil engineer, the lunar base is a challenging extension of past projects providing facilities under extreme environmental conditions. Construction steps, design to resist damage, and later expansion of the base using indigenous lunar materials are briefly examined.
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