The SPORE Design Version 2 uses tunneling methods instead of trench digging.
Humans have been digging tunnels by hand for thousands of years so this shouldn’t be anything we can’t figure out. Continue reading
Just a little brainstorming page for what functions need to be directly on the Lunar surface versus what can be sub-surface (with surface access) and subterranean (no surface access). Let me know (email or Discord) if you have anything to add or suggestions. (I know, it’s not my best drawing. I was tired and just wanted to post this). Continue reading
I still haven’t figured out whether it’s better to have the pressure hull separate from the Shield Wall or integrated. But I have decided that moving regolith to make the protective regolith blanket is a bad idea. Continue reading
Like the Earth, Luna is made of rocks. There are four distinct groups of rocks on Luna: 1) basaltic volcanic rocks (including pyroclastic and lava flows), 2) pristine (uncontaminated by impact mixing) non-basaltic highland rocks, 3) polymict breccias (the results of impacts) (includes impact melt rocks) that make up the bulk of the regolith and mega-regolith, and 4) and regolith fines (also incorrectly called Lunar soil) (<1 cm unconsolidated debris found in the Lunar regolith) (1, pg 184). Lunar basalt is found in groups 1, 3, and 4. Continue reading
Originally, the SPORE Shield Wall (SW) was going to be the outer construction protecting the inner iron Pressure Hull (PH). (See SPORE Design 1). The SW was going to be constructed first, with PH construction following right after. Now, I’m thinking that a single pressurized SW would be quicker, more efficient, and allow Homesteaders to create much larger spaces. Continue reading
Luna has water. We now know this is a fact. Not a lot of water and it’s probably in forms that could be difficult to extract. But it’s there. The real challenge isn’t technical. It’s having the foresight to use this scarce resource responsibly. Future Lunar Homesteaders will judge us harshly if we make the wrong choices. Continue reading
This is the first SPORE Design post. It shows my initial design ideas and details some of their advantages and disadvantages. At least the stuff I can think of. I’m sure I’m missing a lot. Anyway, later posts will detail the SPORE design as it evolves. Continue reading
The first thing I need to determine is how much oxygen will be lost through the exposed Lunar regolith and mega-regolith. We need to be able to keep it to some acceptable minimum otherwise SPORE just won’t work. Continue reading
The first step in the SPORE project is to gather as much relevant data as possible on the Lunar regolith and mega-regolith at the Apollo 12 site. We’ll need this information so we can figure out how to excavate the material, build the shield wall, and minimize atmosphere loss inside the shield wall. We’ll also need to figure out an acceptable simulant so we can run experiments. Continue reading
This post has been converted into a Page! I’m leaving this post here as a placeholder for any links pointing to it. And when the project is finished it will probable be shifted back here.
The SPORE at a Glance page can be found here.