Extraterrestrials Excavation and Mining with Explosives

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by Charles E. Joachim, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

Abstract: Explosion excavation technology may become a valuable tool for economic and efficient base station construction on extraterrestrial bodies. Criteria for explosives which can safely be transported and used in space are discussed. A few candidate materials are cited. Charge hole techniques including space drills and directed energy devices are compared. Gravity and atmosphere scaling relations developed by dynamic similitude techniques are evaluated.

Subject Headings: Explosions | Excavation | Space exploration | Construction equipment | Economic factors | Space construction | Construction management | Transportation safety |

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