Recycled Engineering Applied to the First Lunar Outpost

by Todd C. Parfet, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Belinda S. Deeds, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Once the proposed Lunar Base configurations obtained by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) team have been analyzed, a systems study of the usefulness of the specific recyclable habitation components can be performed. After all of the recycled engineering analyses have been performed, the study team must take the information and apply it to creating the First Lunar Outpost, using as many recycled parts as possible from the previously landed components. Finally, the study team must try to use 'in-situ' construction materials. This includes the use of lunar regolith for shielding of the habitation modules, and Kevlar tubing coupled with the use of regolith to create pillars and walls. These new techniques need to be considered in order to reduce the cost of poundage delivered to the lunar surface.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Moon | Undergraduate study | Team building | System analysis | Construction materials | Construction methods | Lunar materials

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