Welcome. This is where I collect all the knowledge we have about the technology and techniques needed to establish Lunar Homesteads. Well, as much as I can get my hands on anyway. My goal is to have as much information as possible in one place, even if it’s only links to information or simply references to documents. The main purpose of this database is to assist getting tech “on-the-shelf” for future Homesteaders.
I also want to gather as much data and analyses about Luna and it’s environment as well. And you can help! Data, ideas, references, and all other types of Lunar information are scattered all over the place. Some are easily accessible on the Internet. Some are hidden behind paywalls. Some are only found in out-of-print papers and books. I need your help to consolidated it all here, on Lunar Homestead. You don’t even have to write an article. Links to resources regarding a specific topic are useful too. Just send me an email with whatever you have and I’ll put it in the relevant section.
Of course, you can also help with a research project or you can Start a Research Project and help us solve some of these problems. There’s a lot of questions to answer and not nearly enough people working on them.
Lunar Homestead Tools – Manual and powered tools that Homesteaders can make and maintain using local resources.
Technology readiness levels – Just an article explaining Tech Levels.
Lunar Homestead Experimental Location – I’ve picked the Apollo 12 landing site as our default location for our hypothetical Lunar Homestead.
Lunar Homestead Kits – The ultimate goal of Lunar Homestead is to have physical Homestead “kits” that groups or organizations can purchase. These kits will contain all the hardware, how-to manuals, and designs the Homesteaders will need to make their settlement thrive.
Lunar environment – Radiation, extreme temperature changes, low gravity, and more.
In-Situ Resource Utilization – Learning how to use the resources we find on Luna.
Shelter – You can’t have a Homestead without pressurized space. Other types of shelters are also important.
Air – Obviously we have to pressurize our habitats with stuff we can breathe.
Water – Critical to the physical and mental health of Homesteaders. Also critical to industrial operations.
Food – Importing food from Earth is a losing game. Homesteaders need to eat 100% Lunar-grown food.
Energy – A Homestead without energy is a dead Homestead.
Health – There’s no point in doing this if we can’t keep people healthy and happy.
Waste – Human, heat, food, etc. All waste needs to be feedstock for another process.
Transportation – We’re only concerned with Lunar surface and from Luna to Lunar orbit/L2.
Communication – Lunar Internet, radio, education, etc.
Economics – Homesteads have to quickly turn a profit otherwise this just won’t work.
Selenography – The study of the geography of Luna.
Selenology – The study of the geology of Luna.
Environment – The Lunar environment (radiation, dust, impactors, etc.).
Resources – Databases, books, websites, news sites, etc.