New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The concept of lunar habitation has long captivated the minds of science fiction fans and engineers alike. Despite this continued interest and the practical benefits of colonizing a nearby celestial object prior to more distant missions, little progress has been made to develop the methodology required to construct and sustain a lunar base. This is due to a unique series of challenges: harmful radiation from Solar Particle Events (SPE) and Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR), abrasive lunar dust, lack of air and water, and extreme distance from Earth. This paper will present one solution including the construction methods used to assemble the base as well as the various subsystems required to sustain human life. Construction will begin prior to human habitation through multiple phases. The initial launch will send a survey satellite to potential construction locations to obtain detailed topographical maps and measure the water content in the regolith. After the exact construction location has been chosen from the survey results, rovers will be launched to autonomously prepare the site. Subsequent launches prior to crew arrival will include communications satellites, further construction equipment, power systems, and several inflatable habitats. In this paper, the subsystems will be treated both independently and holistically. A review of their importance will be followed by a detailed analysis of each process as well as their methods for deployment and construction. It is important to note that the technologies discussed in this paper are utilized with a 2030 project deadline in mind. This introduces some speculative elements into the design which are addressed in reference to their Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) and mitigated by a standard Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) discussed later in the paper.
Arrington, T. W., & Hurst, N. F., & Kanipe, D. B., & Schiefelbein , J. M., & Hyland, D. C. (2016, June), Concept of a Human-Attended Lunar Outpost Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26558
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