A Polyhedral Approach for Design of Inflatable Lunar Habitats

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Abstract

Despite some of the harshest conditions, Moon has been attractive to space scientists and designers for its proximity to earth. The benefits of long-term settlement on the Moon have been at the heart of space exploration for science, tourism, and alternative planetary habitats. The paper first briefly discusses the rationale for a long-term settlement on the Moon, followed by potential sweet spots to locate habitats considering the extreme environmental conditions. Suitable structural materials, loads, architectural, and structural design considerations are discussed. A habitat concept design based on polyhedral geometry and modularity is proposed. The truncated octahedron is used as the fundamental building block for its potential to add new units as needed to form a modular space-filled assembly. In order to keep the mass and stowed volume minimal, the structure(s) would be erected by inflating the individual units as needed. The adaptability of the overall system lends itself to accommodate different volumes according to utility of spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarth and Space 2021
Subtitle of host publicationSpace Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments - Selected Papers from the 17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments
EditorsPaul J. van Susante, Alaina Dickason Roberts
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Pages1004-1011
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483374
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments, Earth and Space 2021 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Apr 19 2021Apr 23 2021

Publication series

NameEarth and Space 2021: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments - Selected Papers from the 17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments

Conference

Conference17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments, Earth and Space 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period4/19/214/23/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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