Space Place
To help design and construct human habitats for Earth orbit, the moon, and Mars, NASA is turning to teams of experts in academia and private industry, including civil and structural engineers. The ideas...

Big Steps for Mankind: Extraterrestrial Sampling and Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11
Between June 1966 and January 1968, four Surveyor missions successfully landed on the Moon, collecting invaluable scientific data required to support the coming manned Apollo missions. Central to the goals...

European Space Agency Plans Simulated Lunar Test Site

NewsBriefs: Entrepreneur Developing Spacious Inflatable Moon Base

NewsBriefs: NASA Peeks inside Moon's Shadowed Craters

Photo and Caption: A Crescent Moon

NewsBriefs: NASA Converts to Metric Units for Its Next Moon Mission (SPACE.com)

Seismic Engineering: Researchers Study Seismic Events on the Moon

Engineering, Design and Construction of Lunar Bases
How do we begin to expand our civilization to the Moon? What are the technical issues that infrastructural engineers, in particular, must address? This paper has the goal of introducing...

(DM)²: A Modular Mobile Manipulator

Lunar Base Scenario for Middle School with RC Rover

Building on the Moon

Intelligent Excavator Control for a Lunar Mining System
The benefits of utilizing local planetary resources are a large reduction in the cost of lifting materials from the earth's surface into earth orbit. Since the moon is one of the closest...

Drivetrain Design, Incorporating Redundancy, for an Autonomous Walking Robot
An often overlooked, though critical, component of a mobile robot is the drivetrain. To achieve the ambitious programmatic goals of an extra-terrestrial, planetary robotic explorer, a...

An Intelligent Robotic Vehicle for Lunar/Martian Applications
This paper describes the research effort being undertaken at UA/NASA Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) towards a general-purpose intelligent robotic vehicle system (IRVS) for Lunar...

Braced Double Skinned Structure in Lunar Application
A parametric study is designed to evaluate a proposed Braced Double Skinned roof structure utilizing extrapolated theoretical solutions i.e. Navier's solution and Levy's solution. A Finite...

Reliability of Structures for the Moon
The subject of risk and reliability for lunar structures is introduced and critical issues deliberated. A tensile structure is considered as an example in order to become more specific...

Design Techniques for Rectangular Lunar Modules
This paper discusses relevant issues concerning the design and performance of cubical lunar modules. Previously, these modules have shown to be a possible solution for living and working...

A Membrane Structure for a Lunar Assembly Building
This paper describes potential design options and construction approaches for the development of an inflatable membrane structure of non-circular cross section. This structure could be...

A New Airlock Approach for Human Exploration
Conceptual design work on the First Lunar Outpost (FLO) mission led to the development of an airlock concept called the `doorlock' which appears quite promising for all aspects of manned...

 

 

 

 

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