American Society of Civil Engineers

Extraterrestrials Excavation and Mining with Explosives

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

pp. 332-343

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Document type: Conference 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.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Space structures

Author Keywords:
Explosives--Space Applications - Moon--Bases
Explosives Transport - Planetary Bases