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A Russian startup said it is planning to build a lunar base camp for a measly $9.4 billion. But even Russian authorities are cautioning that these plans may be a little too soon. Privately owned Lin Industrial — which counts "World of Tanks" developer Sergei Burkatovsky among potential backers — announced on Wednesday that it was prepared to establish an operational moon base for 550 billion rubles (about $9.39 billion) within 10 years after receiving government approval, according to Russian News Agency TASS. Despite the optimistic projections, Lev Zeleny, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Space Research, told TASS, "This is still early to say about construction of a settlement."
The company's chief designer Alexander Ilyin told TASS that the lunar base project would use existing technologies that can be readily produced within five years. This includes the habitation module from Soyuz spaceships, he told the news agency. The lunar camp would need 13 launches of heavy rockets to shuttle the base's required equipment, and then another 37 launches for establishing adequate living conditions, according to TASS.
The Russians are planning to construct a moon base, but the bad news is that it won’t be some kind of huge colony for millions of us to live on.
It won’t be a small job – plans suggest that a total of 37 rocket launches would be required to build the base, with 13 heavy carrier launches involved.
Lin Industrial plans to build the base close to Malapert Mountain near the moon's south pole.
The base would eventually be able to house four crew members, which makes it sound less like a moon base and more like a six million quid student house.
There is no fixed schedule for the moon base at the moment, but Lin says that initial shipping and construction would take five years, and the base would be complete within a decade.
Not to mention a logistical nightmare both on the ground and "up there".
originally posted by: Grimpachi
There have been numerous endeavours exploring how to create a moonbase. The best I have seen would be placing mobile 3D printing machines on the surface that utilize the materials already there to build everything or at least most of it. There is oxygen in the soil which can be mined and I believe I read there was water as well.
So IMO this is possible though I do think it will cost a lot more than the proposal says.
I have always thought a lunar base would make far more sense to build before kicking off further manned exploration in our solar system. For one launching vehicles from there would be far easier and with mining it would be able to refuel them.
Whoever does builds one first will be filthy rich from the resources.