European Space Agency shares inflatable lunar base concept

With the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969, NASA made the first lunar landing.

Eventually, humans will visit the moon again, and this time, space agencies like NASA and the European Space Agency are exploring ways to allow people to stay there.

More projects are being undertaken at the moment to prepare for lunar exploration.

One of them is Artemis 1whose main objective is to ensure safe entry, disembarkation, dispersal and retrieval of the crew unit.

Recently, Artemis 1 has been getting a lot of attention due to technical issues that delayed it, but it’s not the topic this time around.

As mentioned earlier, many lunar-related projects are being implemented at the moment. This covers ideas of potential lunar habitats as well.

inflatable moon base

European Space Agency (ESA)ESAA concept for a futuristic lunar settlement made of semi-buried inflatable structures was unveiled on September 1. The concept was developed by Austrian expert Pneumocell in inflatable structures. An inflatable lunar habitat based on prefabricated lightweight structures was the subject of a system study by the company.

Here is one of the images of the concept of habitat:

(Photo: Air Cell / screenshot taken from Neocell)

You can access more pictures in this Link.

Pneumocell submitted its proposal to the agency’s Open Space Innovation Platform (hasty) which led to the establishment of the study.

In order to better meet the growing demands of the modern space industry, the ESA launched OSIP in 2019. As a result of open calls for ideas and responses to specific challenges, the platform is now the primary entry point for new ideas within ESA.

Through OSIP, we welcome anyone to provide suggestions for innovative space technologies and uses.

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What is the aim of the study?

Study has two main objectives. The first is to create a plan for a lunar habitat located not far from one of the lunar poles. The second is to show that the proposed design is feasible given the available resources.

The habitat must be able to sustain itself over time by producing and recycling its own food and oxygen within massive greenhouses, and by relying almost entirely on solar radiation for energy generation.

inflatable habitat design

Mirrors are placed over each habitat, as shown above, to reflect sunlight into the greenhouse within the donut-shaped habitat.

A truss will be built carrying a mirror diaphragm that can rotate to track the sun across the sky above each habitat. The mirror reflects sunlight into an artificial crater, where it is then reflected back to the adjacent greenhouse by a second cone-shaped mirror.

The plans seem to go beyond mere lunar dwellings. In fact, there is what she calls a ‘Mars house’ in the UK as the house is designed to withstand the harsh Martian climate.

If you want to know more details about the Martian House, you can head over to the link below.

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