Manifesting for a Lunar Robotic, Oxygen-Producing Base

by Patricia Buddington, Boeing Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Using robotic systems and human supervisory control, a lunar base reasonably be established to achieve full production within five years. Intermittent human presence works in coordination with teleoperation and telepresence within a robotic dominated buildup scheme to accomplish this schedule with considerable planned down time and contingency time to cover almost every circumstance. or's analysis suggests that this five year buildup could be better accomplished if the schedule beyond the seventh flight could be compressed by launching on centers closed than 90 Earth days (3 lunar cycles). Before the seventh flight the main driver for mining is not ilmenite production but site preparation. The surface development dictates that ilmenite mining will be a consequence of site preparation until LLOX production begins. Once the site preparation is complete, the schedule is driven by the availability of landed cargo. This paper addresses the manifests and schedules for this type of development.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Automation and robotics | Space construction | Moon | Human and behavioral factors | Flight | Construction equipment | Industrial facilities

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