Performance-Based Evaluation of Lunar Base Construction Equipment and Methods

by Walter W. Boles, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Existing literature regarding the selection of lunar base construction equipment and methods is heavily dependent upon qualitative measures for evaluation of equipment concepts. Selection of suitable concepts for further development based upon qualitative arguments is difficult. Without quantitative evidence, in the form of performance parameters, to support these decisions, important variables may be overlooked by qualitative selection procedures. The objective of this paper is to emphasize the need for quantitative, performance-based evaluation techniques and report the results of recent research where certain variables were identified as critical to the selection process. It is concluded that these important variables, at a minimum, should receive careful consideration in any evaluation of lunar base construction equipment and methods.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Space construction | Quality control | Parameters (statistics) | Moon | Space exploration

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