An Analog Moonbase Proposal - Moon Society

An Analog Moonbase Proposal - Moon Society

A Modular Analog Lunar Research Station Proposal Peter Kokh - December 9, 2006 - Lunar Reclamation Society Several slides added or modified: November 23, 2009 Vertical? -- or Horizontal - Our Design Philosophy

is Modular as a real outpost would be constantly expanding in space and functionality An Analog Outpost should be Modular just as a real Lunar Outpost would be, able to grow in open-ended fashion

a Regolith-covered Cylinder and a Regolith-covered Quonset Hut look very much alike from the outside A Quonset hut could also be interpreted as

a special kind of hybrid rigid-inflatable Hybrid Rigid Quonset Inflatable Fits in Space Shuttle Payload Bay QuickTime and a

decompressor are needed to see this picture. [1] Hinged 3-section floor deck. [2] Uninflated Quonset roof/wall [3] Uninflated floor support pontoons

[4] Inflated Quonset roof/wall [5] Inflated floor support pontoons [6] In transit position of docking module [7] Docking tunnel in end wall [8] Downward air pressure on hinges [9] Counterbalance pressure on hinges

[10] Contingency stiffening bars [11] Representative pull-up feature [12] Ground contour before shielding A Quonset Module Shell is inexpensive

An idea of the Quonset interior volume Modular Architecture ==> Modular Biospherics: Integrating biosphere components in every module, rather than as a closeted afterthought, allows the physical Outpost Complex & Biological Biosphere to grow in step together

Modular Biospherics: Biosphere components can even be integrated into the hallways and connectors that tie the complex together as a living whole. Modularity creates options to experiment

with different utility systems as well Phase I of a Modular Analog Outpost A Green Hub at the Stations busiest intersection

Phase II Expanded Analog Moonbase Phase IV: More Agricultural - Biosphere Space A 2nd torus or ring mold Greenhouse The South Pole Food Growth Chamber

Tele-robotic ring mold Greenhouse concept Would free lunar personnel for other duties QuickTime and a

decompressor are needed to see this picture. Overall Site Plan: a main surface outpost and an annex in a nearby lavatube or in an abandoned dry mine gallery

The Lavatube Annex would be used for Dayspan/Nightspan Operations Research Alternatives to an underground space for Dayspan/Nightspan Simulation

A More Expensive Dayspan/Nightspan Simulation An Alternative Mobile-Modular Approach being pioneered by the Calgary Space Workers

Mars Analog Research Moon Analog Research Program Goals vs. Program Goals Demonstrate value of human-robotic Mars exploration at 1st landing The 6 Apollo Missions had already

demonstrated this on the Moon Neither FMARS or MDRS has attempted to demonstrate modular expansion into a more functional outpost, use of local resources, the use of shielding against the cosmic

elements and Mars weather, or of any kind of life support system. Demonstrate the technologies needed to stay on the Moon, and expand Test modular expansion languages

Modular biosphere expansion allowing comparison of differing graywater systems, living walls etc. Site preparation technologies Shielding technologies Incorporation of lunar materials

Semi-automated food production Site maintenance, storage systems Mating production with lunar cycle Some of our research program flows from our modular design philosophy. Other research

vectors will depend on our site location. A vegetation free, rock, gravel, and/or a sandy location [a big sandbox] would allow practical

experiments with site preparation, teleoperated equipment, shielding emplacement, and more.

Proximity to basaltic areas would allow experiments with this early lunar industry.

Proximity to a dry underground area like a lavatube or abandoned mine gallery would allow us to do experiments pegged to the lunar 29.5 day dayspan/nightspan cycle.

Lacking a subsurface environment, the lunar dayspan/nightspan cycle could be simulated within a large building closed to external light.

Any kind of terrain will demand development of appropriate warehousing and recycling systems No site is perfect, and, for practical reasons, we have to pick our battles. Yet with ingenuity we can

use most any available site to advance our preparedness for early operations on the Moon. Analog Moonbase Research Program Pushing the Limits of Teleoperation

Analog Moonbase Research Program Experimenting with new type Vehicles Analog Moonbase Research Program Testing various Shielding Options

Analog Moonbase Research Program Shielded Canopies, Hangers, Ramadas Analog Moonbase Research Program Shielding: from blending in to standing proud

Putting shielding directly over habitat structures allows the molehill complex to blend into the moonscape, as if it belongs. Another way to say we belong but with pride is to create a wall of

textured panels (basalt, concrete, etc.) that by origin and coloration will also belong but at the same time bear the stamp of our arrival. Inspired by cliffs in Utah, a talus slope berms the base of the structure and a

mound of moondust covers the top This treatment might be just right to showcase and identify the Command & Communications Structure Analog Moonbase Research Program

Testing various sunlighting systems Analog Moonbase Research Program Testing Periscopic Window Systems Analog Moonbase Research Program

Ergonomics of various Layout Options Outfitting a Quonset as the Crew Dorm with comfortable, quiet staterooms QuickTime and a

decompressor are needed to see this picture. Analog Moonbase Research Program Dust Control Systems & Dust Management

Analog Moonbase Research Program Maximizing use of Early Lunar Materials Analog Moonbase Research Program Early Lunar Materials for Decor

Analog Moonbase Research Program Experimenting with Lunar Fuels & Engines Analog Moonbase Research Program Experimenting with Biosphere Options Alternative Black->Graywater Systems in each Module

Alternative Living Wall Systems in each Corridor Alternative Plant Bedding/watering/fertilizing Systems in the Greenhouse(s) and Living Wall units Alternative nightspan Plant Lighting Schedules Alternative Plant Lighting Systems Alternative Plant Irrigation & Nutrition Systems

Analog Moonbase Research Program Testing robotic and teleoperated Agriculture Systems Analog Moonbase Research Program Storing Dayspan Power for Nightspan Use

Analog Moonbase Research System Experiments with Operational Scheduling for Dayspan and Nightspan power availability Analog Moonbase Research Program:

Experimenting with Nightspan Plant Lighting Analog Moonbase Research Program Diversification of Early Frontier Vegetarian Menus. Analog Moonbase Research Program

An Effort of Several Teams Analog Moonbase - Public Outreach Student Involvement Programs Public Outreach Program - Visitors Center

Analog Moonbase Research Program What else can we do? What else do we NEED to do? Your suggestions are welcome! This will be a cooperative project

Moon Society - National Space Society Lunar Reclamation Society - Oregon L5 Society and several other collaborating organizations Your Comments & Feedback are Welcome Peter Kokh - [email protected]

[email protected] (subject line: analog moonbase ideas) MMM 1630 N. 32nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53208-2040

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