Construction and Development of a Human Base on Mars

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by Owen Gwynne, SETT Inst, Moffett Field, United States,
Yoji Ishikawa, SETT Inst, Moffett Field, United States,
Yukinobu Yamamoto, SETT Inst, Moffett Field, United States,
Hisateru Uyeda, SETT Inst, Moffett Field, United States,
Thomas Bongiovi, SETT Inst, Moffett Field, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III:

Abstract: Humans on Mars will face many challenges. Possibly the first and one of the longest will be the construction and growth of the base. In this paper a number of techniques are looked at for construction on Mars. In addition, estimates for the mass and power required for the construction of a Mars base are given. Construction is viewed as a long term project with the activities for the first five missions to Mars included in detail. The overall problems encountered when building a base on Mars are also detailed. It is important to start looking at how Mars bases will be constructed because it will be the first time that NASA will have to build and maintain surface structures on a distant planet for long periods of time. This is not a mission specific scenario, but rather guidelines for any surface construction fitted to the necessary parameters.

Subject Headings: Mars | Construction management | Human factors | Space exploration | Space structures | Construction methods | Federal government |

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