Internal Pressure in a Lunar Inflatable Structure

by Jeffrey Janakus, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Design and construction of a structure on the Moon requires addressing a host of issues not encountered on Earth. A critical design factor is the internal atmospheric pressure necessary to sustain life. An assessment to determine an optimum internal pressure for a lunar inflatable structure was performed accounting for human physiology and economic issues. Values for the internal pressure and corresponding oxygen content are suggested.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Moon | Economic factors | Space life support systems | Structural design | Oxygen | Space colonies

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