Alternative Habitat Concepts for the First Lunar Outpost

by Kriss Kennedy, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,
Michael Roberts, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The First Lunar Outpost (FLO) Study was a NASA-wide effort to define systems for a near-term, low cost return to the Moon. The FLO habitat must support four crew on the lunar surface for 45 days. The study of alternative FLO habitat designs was structured as a hierarchical series of decision support problems: should the habitat be mobile or fixed? Would the habitat remain attached to the lander or would it be removable? Should it be pre-integrated, or would some on-site construction be necessary? What shape should the habitat take? What should the lander be like? This paper describes several different FLO habitat and lander configurations, as well as outlining the process by which the concepts were developed.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Space construction | Moon | Decision support systems | Construction methods | Construction costs | Structural design

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