SPORE Surface Functions

SPORE Surface Functions

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

Lunar Basalt

Basalt sample 70017

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

SPORE Shield Wall

 

SPORE Shield Wall Design 1
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

Lunar Ice

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

SPORE Apollo 12 Regolith and Mega-Regolith Characterization

 

Apollo12 Site Regolith Characterization

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