The Expandable Platform as a Structure on the Moon

by Joseph J. Mangan,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

Abstract: This discussion will show how the expandable platform, initially designed for earth, is translated for use on the moon, and how it answers a multitude of problems while it is used for special lunar and planetary bases and their high speed transportation systems. The most salient feature of the expandable platform is simply that it is the most economical way to build a surface-placed configuration to form a structure that is redundant, expandable, capable of incorporating other structures on its surface and using parts of its frame as a trestle to form a transportation link to similar structures or special selected operational bases.

Subject Headings: Frames | Moon | Space colonies | Economic factors

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