American Society of Civil Engineers

Challenges in the Construction of a Lunar Base

by Roy Sargent, (BAppSc(Constn Mgt), BAppSc(QS), MProjMgt, MAIPM, AAIC, National President, Australian Institute of Project Management, Senior Project Manager, Administrative Services Department, George Street, Brisbane, 4000, Australia) and Keith Hampson, (BEng (Hons), MBA, PhD (Stanford), LGE, MIEAust, AFAIM, Director - Research and Graduate Studies, School of Construction Management, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, 4000, Australia)
Section: Construction Considerations, pp. 881-888, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space V
Abstract: The construction of a Lunar Base is seen as achievable. The paper provides a useful summary of challenges facing pioneers of lunar base construction. It highlights important aspects of the location and use of the facility, the local environment, the human physiological adaptation process, and a principal concern for the construction industry—construction materials and methods required to erect the facility. Specific emphasis is placed on the latter two major issues. The authors believe that a lunar base will be built, operated and maintained by humans. It may be the next generation that carry out these dreams, but it is research of the type reported in this paper that will make these dreams a reality.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Space construction
Construction materials
Construction methods
Human factors
Space stations