A Commonality Assessment of Lunar Surface Habitation

by Lisa Guerra, Large Scale Programs Inst, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


This paper presents a commonality assessment of lunar surface habitation. Thus far, NASA has baselined the space station common module for initial lunar base habitation; however, nothing beyond definition has been done. This paper extends the NASA baseline beyond the definition phase by providing a parametric habitation study involving the current common module design. In addition to assessing the adaptability of the space station module to the lunar environment, analyses of key supporting systems are also presented. These systems include environmental control and life support systems, active thermal control systems, and radiation protection. A matrix modeling methodology is utilized to define the design requirements and attributes of the systems. The model pays particular attention to the parameters of volume, mass, power requirements, and waste heat generated.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Space life support systems | Space stations | Control systems | Moon | Radiation | Federal government | Terminology and definition

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