Nov10

Robots designed to 3D print moon bases

2014 at 01:41 pm by admin

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Space exploration and colonization of moons and planets have been ideas that, while dreamed about by billions of people across the world for generations, have been nothing but the work of science-fiction and fantasy. However, the European Space Agency hopes to change that in the near future, thanks to revolutionary new technology and innovations within the field of 3D printing. The ESA has detailed plans for a self-sustaining moon base, made almost entirely from components and materials found on the moon’s surface, which will be able to house several astronauts and necessary utilities. What makes the ESA-designed moonbase different from past concepts is its use of the moon itself in protecting exposed astronauts.



While Earth has an outer atmosphere that protects its surface and inhabitants from extreme temperatures, solar radiation, and meteorites, the Moon offers no such shelter. In order to safely house astronauts and recreate the life-saving benefits of the atmosphere, a robot designed to sculpt the environment will create a protective shell around the initial infrastructure. This shell is made from a mixture of lunar dust scavenged by the robot as well as multiple layers of 3D-printed webbing. This shell would provide all the benefits offered by Earth’s atmosphere, and would also allow for other bases to be connected to one another to create a multi-room base on the moon. These plans have been in the works since 2013, and while the ESA states that these concepts are still being worked on and fine-tuned, these structures could begin popping up on the moon within 40 years.

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