posted on Jan, 7 2008 @ 06:37 PM
Spacecraft Mission Design Class
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Aerospace Engineering
under the direction of
Dr. Wallace T. Fowler
A lunar construction shack vehicle is a critical component in most of
the plans put forward for the construction of a permanent base on the
moon. The Selene Engineering Company (SEC) has developed a concept for this vehicle which we feel is both innovative and practical. This design
makes use of the most advanced technology available to meet the design
goals for a safe, versatile and durable habitat that will serve as a starting
point for the initial phase of the construction of a permanent lunar base.
This document outlines SEC's proposed design for a lander vehicle
which will be fully self-sufficient and will provide for all necessary life
support, including consumables and radiation protection, needed by the
construction crew until they can complete the assembly of a more
permanent habitat. Since it is highly likely that it will take more than one
crew to complete the construction of a permanent lunar base, our design
has placed an emphasis on systems which can be easily maintained and
resupplied and which will take a minimum of start up preparation by
In order to minimize the mass transported to the lunar surface, none
of the lander's components will be discarded. The design of components
not needed for the the continuing operation of the habitat will include an
alternate use as structural parts or tools.
With the assistance of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) and the Universities Space Research Association
(USRA) we feel we have developed a safe, reliable and versatile design for
the lunar lander. SEC's lunar construction shack can function as a practical
stepping stone toward a permanent lunar base.
Lander Design Requirements:
•Vehicle must provide living quarters on the moon for a crew of
eight for three weeks.
•Vehicle must provide radiation shielding in the case of a solar
•Any vehicle portion which will not be returned to lunar orbit
with the crew must be usable as an integral part of the
•The vehicle must be able to be completely refitted with a
resupply of consumables.
•Earthport is fully operational and capable of assembling the
lander in orbit.
•A vehicle capable of transporting the lander and crew from
Earth orbit to lunar orbit exists and is known to be reliable
•The moonbase site has been selected and mapped
•All materials necessary for the construction of the Moonbase
have been delivered to the site.
•Technology Baseline will be assumed to be 2000.
•A crew transportation vehicle capable of ferrying 8 crew
members from lunar orbit to the Moonbase site and back again
PDF page 10 to 80:
Charts / Cost / Technical detail/ Construction Requirements / Design Options
PDF page 81 to 90 is interesting and useful for anyone who is interested in building an Underground Shelter. Very useful information and
In summary, the Selene Engineering Company will deliver a CAD model
and a physical model of the final design. This design will incorporate the most advanced technology to produce a safe and reliable shack design. We
will provide a floor plan of the vehicle and all accompanying documentation.