Astrotectonics: An Overview

by Thomas M. Ciesla, Outer Space Environments, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Astrotectonics is the science of construction in space of both orbital and planetary structures and facilities, as well as orbitally assembled interplanetary spacecraft. The success of man's construction activities is dependent on the development of support equipment and assembly techniques using man alone, man and robotics, or robotics alone, depending on the work to be performed and the hazards present. The separation of Astrotectonics into distinct genre's of orbital and planetary facility construction due to subtle differences in the environment and subsequently, the equipment, is discussed.

Subject Headings: Space structures | Construction methods | Construction equipment | Space construction | Orbits | Automation and robotics | Human and behavioral factors

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