Design of a Second Generation Lunar Base

by Hugh M. Kelso, Space Research Associates Inc, United States,
Joe Hopkins, Space Research Associates Inc, United States,
Richard Morris, Space Research Associates Inc, United States,
Michael Thomas, Space Research Associates Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

Abstract: We discuss the design of a permanent lunar base of 100 person size which may be able to expand to a base of about 500 person size. We present a preliminary design for a base concept which would be developed in a similar manner as a commercial real estate development would be carried out on Earth. We show a structural design concept for enclosing large areas at Earth atmospheric pressures. We identify some subjects for further research into materials and construction methods for a large lunar base which may be done on the smaller initial lunar bases.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Space construction | Lunar materials | Construction materials | Construction methods | Real estate | Conceptual design

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