A Near-Term, Long-Duration, Lunar Outpost Design

by S. Sture, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
S. D. Jolly, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
J. Happel, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The design of a long-term human outpost on the Moon will require shielding from not only solar proton and galactic cosmic radiation but also from micro-meteoroid and meteoroid strikes. It is possible to use copious amounts of unconsolidated regolith to provide this protection through innovative use of combinations of subsurface excavation and easily erectable truss superstructures. Although `windows' of exposure for crew habitats to the radiation and meteoroid environment are difficult to remove, they can be substantially reduced to acceptable levels by such architecture.

Subject Headings: Moon | Trusses | Human and behavioral factors | Asteroids, comets, and meteoroids | Excavation | Space colonies | Solar radiation | Subsurface environment

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