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The Initial Lunar Supply Base

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dc.contributor.author Criswell, David R.
dc.coverage.spatial Moon
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-19T17:37:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-19T17:37:54Z
dc.date.issued 1979
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11753/1597
dc.description.abstract The initial lunar supply base should have a mass less than 1000 tons, be deployed by 25 persons in 4 months, and be maintained by 10 persons. Output could be expanded 20 times in 5 years to 600,000 tons/yr by a factor of 10 expansion of the area of the solar array on the lunar surface, using low power soil beneficiation, increasing the fleet of mining vehicles, and illuminating the base continuously at night with lunar orbiting mirrors. The space manufacturing facility (SMF) will supply most of the mass (solar cells and orbiting mirrors) necessary for expansion. Several devices and procedures are suggested for development which could further reduce the total mass necessary to transport to the Moon to establish the initial lunar supply base. en
dc.format.extent Pages 207-224
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher National Aeronautics and Space Administration en
dc.relation.ispartof U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and John Billingham. 1979. Space resources and space settlements. G.P.O.
dc.relation.ispartofseries LPI contribution ; no. 317
dc.subject Lunar bases en
dc.title The Initial Lunar Supply Base en
dc.type Book chapter en


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