NASA Development of machines to build on Mars and the Moon

There is a NASA review of the resources available on the Mars and the Moon and development of machines for construction on the moon and Mars.

This was from slides by Robert P. Mueller, Senior Technologist / Engineer, NASA, Kennedy Space Center – Swamp Works

Lunar Regolith Resources and their Uses
• Lunar oxygen: propellant, life support
• Iron, aluminum, titanium: structural elements
• Magnesium: less strong structural elements
• Regolith: sintered blocks, concrete, glass
• Water: Ice blocks, molded ice

Potential Applications
• Structural beams, rods, plates, cables
• Cast shapes for anchors, fasteners, bricks, flywheels, furniture
• Solar cells, wires for power generation and distribution
• Pipes and storage vessels for fuel, water, and other fluids
• Roads, foundations, shielding
• Spray coatings or linings for buildings
• Powdered metals for rocket fuels, insulation
• Fabrication in large quantities can be a difficult engineering problem in terms of materials handling and heat dissipation

21 thoughts on “NASA Development of machines to build on Mars and the Moon”

  1. WHO is drilling HOLES in the ISS???? NOBODY is going anyplace if this KEEPS UP!!!! NO MORE G-men/women in SPACE they LIE,CHEAT STEAL and are NOT EXPLORERS . GO SPACE X without any nasa PUKES SCREWING the POOCH!!!

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  2. WHO is drilling HOLES in the ISS????NOBODY is going anyplace if this KEEPS UP!!!!NO MORE G-men/women in SPACE they LIECHEAT STEAL and are NOT EXPLORERS .GO SPACE X without any nasa PUKES SCREWING the POOCH!!!

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  3. WHO is drilling HOLES in the ISS????
    NOBODY is going anyplace if this KEEPS UP!!!!
    NO MORE G-men/women in SPACE they LIE,CHEAT STEAL and are NOT EXPLORERS .

    GO SPACE X without any nasa PUKES SCREWING the POOCH!!!

    Reply
  4. In the absence of air, and with the low gravity, you might consider just throwing the material where you want it to end up, instead of carrying it there.

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  5. In the absence of air and with the low gravity you might consider just throwing the material where you want it to end up instead of carrying it there.

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  6. The bucket designs seem to all be based on 1G assumption. None of them seem to use centripetal force to hold the regolith in the buckets as would be reasonable. Otherwise you’re forced to slow down the movement to 1/6 speed (?) to avoid sloshing the dust/rock out of the buckets.

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  7. The bucket designs seem to all be based on 1G assumption. None of them seem to use centripetal force to hold the regolith in the buckets as would be reasonable. Otherwise you’re forced to slow down the movement to 1/6 speed (?) to avoid sloshing the dust/rock out of the buckets.

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  8. The bucket designs seem to all be based on 1G assumption. None of them seem to use centripetal force to hold the regolith in the buckets as would be reasonable. Otherwise you’re forced to slow down the movement to 1/6 speed (?) to avoid sloshing the dust/rock out of the buckets.

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