Conceptual Design of Modules for a Lunar Base

by Edward R. Haninger, Fluor Daniel Inc, Irvine, United States,
Philip J. Richter, Fluor Daniel Inc, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper describes the development of cubically shaped aluminum modules which could be variously arranged to form living and working quarters for a lunar base. The module components are designed to be fabricated on earth, transported in a shuttle size cargo bay for shipment and assembled in an assembly building on the moon. These could be used for various functions in a second generation lunar base. One typical module is 12 ft square and 15 ft high with a total weight of 11,000 pounds. The dominant loading is 13 psi internal pressure. This paper demonstrates that cubically shaped structures are feasible and offer some advantages over cylindrical or spherical shapes.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Structural design | Moon | Conceptual design | Space structures | Load factors | Freight transportation

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