Lunar Cements/Concretes for Orbital Structures

by William N. Agosto, Lunar Industries Inc, United States,
John H. Wickman, Lunar Industries Inc, United States,
Eric James, Lunar Industries Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The lunar surface is a rich source of inorganic building materials for large space structures. Lunar anorthosites can be processed into calcium aluminate cements in high temperature, high vacuum solar furnaces on the lunar surface and there are abundant sources for concrete aggregate in lunar soils and basalts, as well as glasses, metals, and ceramics that can be derived from lunar surface materials. This article reviews materials which are provided by lunar sources, including cements, pozzolans, and aggregates.

Subject Headings: Moon | Cement | Orbits | Materials processing | Ceramics | Lunar materials | Construction materials | Space construction

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