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Lunar In Situ Materials-Based Habitat Technology Development Efforts at NASA/MSFCFor long duration missions on other planetary bodies, the use of in situ materials will become increasingly critical. As man's presence on these bodies expands, so must the structures to accommodate them including habitats, laboratories, berms, garages, solar storm shelters, greenhouses, etc. The use of in situ materials will significantly offset required launch upmass and volume issues. Under the auspices of the In Situ Fabrication & Repair (ISFR) Program at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the Habitat Structures project has been developing materials and construction technologies to support development of these in situ structures. This paper will report on the development of several of these technologies at MSFC's Prototype Development Laboratory (PDL). These technologies include, but are not limited to, development of extruded concrete and inflatable concrete dome technologies based on waterless and water-based concretes, development of regolith-based blocks with potential radiation shielding binders including polyurethane and polyethylene, pressure regulation systems for inflatable structures, production of glass fibers and rebar derived from molten lunar regolith simulant, development of regolithbag structures, and others, including automation design issues. Results to date and planned efforts for FY06 will also be presented.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bodiford, Melanie P.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Burks, K. H.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Perry M. R.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Cooper, R. W.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Fiske, M. R.
(Jacobs Sverdrup Technology, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Meeting Information
Meeting: 10th ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference on Engineering, Construction, and Operation in Challenging Environments: Earth and Space 2006
Location: League City, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: March 5, 2006
End Date: March 8, 2006
Sponsors: American Society of Civil Engineers
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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