Future Research

There is an awful lot we don’t know about living on Luna permanently. And very few people are actually working on finding the answers. Below is a very incomplete list of things we need to figure out BEFORE our Homesteaders head out to the frontier. Let me know if you have some ideas to add to the list.

Want to be actively involved in Lunar Homesteading research? Join the LH Crew and start a research project! You don’t have to conduct experiments to have a huge impact. Finding out what’s already been learned on a certain topic and gathering all the information and sources in one place is also research. All you need is access to the Internet, curiosity, and time. Your contributions can go a long way towards putting actual technology “on the shelf” for future Homesteaders.

 

Lunar Homestead specific

(projects I need to work on, not necessarily research specific)

  • Lunar Homestead Research Manual – A guide to help LH Crew Members successfully start, run, and complete a small-scale research project that has real value. I also have some ideas for video or podcasts that would supplement the manual.
  • Lunar Geology Course –
  • Lunar Geography Course –

 

In-Situ Resource Utilization

  • Resource identification (prospecting and surveying)
    • Regolith
    • Dust
    • Breccia
    • Iron
    • Glass
    • Oxygen
    • Water
    • Hydrogen
    • Nitrogen
    • Carbon
    • Aluminum
    • Titanium
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Silicon
    • Helium-3
  • Resource extraction (mining and transportation)
    • Regolith
    • Dust
    • Breccia
    • Iron
    • Glass
    • Oxygen
    • Water
    • Hydrogen
    • Nitrogen
    • Carbon
    • Aluminum
    • Titanium
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Silicon
    • Helium-3
  • Resource refining
    • Regolith
    • Dust
    • Breccia
    • Iron
    • Glass
    • Oxygen
    • Water
    • Hydrogen
    • Nitrogen
    • Carbon
    • Aluminum
    • Titanium
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Silicon
    • Helium-3
  • Resource storage

 

Shelter

  • Pressurized hull
    • Habitat pressure hull
      • Hull material
      • Hull construction
      • Airlock construction
    • Partial pressure hull
      • Hull material
      • Hull construction
      • Airlock construction (standardized design using 100% Lunar material)
  • Unpressurized hull
  • Pressure suit
    • Lunar surface suit
    • Vacuum suit (for use under a shield wall)
    • EVA pod
  • Clothing
    • Manufacturing
    • Repair/maintenance
    • Recycling
    • Wash
    • Dry
    • Underwear
      • Underwear
      • Bras
      • Socks
    • Outerwear
      • Pants
      • Shirts
      • Dresses
      • Regolith protection (for use inside SPORE or over pressure suit)
    • Footwear

 

Air

  • Oxygen
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen
  • Carbon dioxide removal
  • Circulation
  • Toxin/Particle removal
  • Humidity
  • Temperature

 

Water

  • Production
  • Storage
  • Treatment
  • Distribution

 

Food

  • Production
  • Imports
  • Storage
  • Cooking

 

Energy

  • Electricity
    • Generation
      • Dayspan
        • Solar
      • Nightspan
        • Manual kinetic
      • Uninterrupted
        • Nuclear
          • Radioisotope thermoelectric generator
          • Fission
    • Storage
      • Kinetic
        • Flywheel
        • Hydro
      • Chemical
        • Battery
        • Fuel Cell
      • Thermal
        • Molten basalt or glass
    • Distribution
      • Wiring
        • Manufacturing
  • Heating/Cooling
    • Generation
    • Storage
    • Distribution
    • Rejection
  • Lighting
    • Manufacturing

 

Health

  • Medical
    • Medical tools
      • First aid tools
      • Surgical tools
      • Dental tools
    • Supplies
      • First aid
      • Medicine
  • Hygine
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Tooth brush
    • Tooth paste
    • Dental floss
    • Mouthwash
    • Moisturizer
    • Tampons/pads
    • Nail care
    • Skin care
  • Beauty (yes, Homesteaders will want to look pretty)
    • Makeup
    • Makeup removers
    • Beauty tools
    • Perfume
    • Hair colorant
    • Hair cutting/styling tools

Waste

  • Water
    • Collection
    • Treatment
    • Use
  • Food
    • Collection
    • Treatment
    • Use
  • Heat
    • Collection
    • Use
  • Human
    • Collection
      • Toilet design (we can’t waste water moving poop)
      • Toilet paper substitute (we’ll have better uses for the carbon and hydrogen)
    • Treatment
    • Use

 

Transportation

  • Lunar surface
  • Lunar surface to/from orbit

 

Communication

  • Computers
    • Homestead
    • Personal
  • Communication
    • Internet access
    • Local networks (wireless and wired)
  • Entertainment
    • Lunar made musical instruments
      • Steel drums
      • Chimes
      • Percussion
      • Wind (no reeds ?)
      • String (metal strings and metal body)
    • Art
      • Paint
      • Tools
  • Education

Money/Trade

  • Homesteader funding
  • Homesteader income streams
  • Homesteader expenses

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