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The initial lunar supply baseThe first lunar supply base should have a mass less than 1000 tons, be deployed by 24 persons in 4 months, and be maintained by 10 persons. Output could be expanded 20 times in 5 years to 600,000 tons/yr by a factor of 10 expansion of the area of the solar array on the lunar surface, using low power soil beneficiation, increasing the fleet of mining vehicles, and illuminating the base continuously at night with lunar orbiting mirrors. The space manufacturing facility (SMF) will supply most of the mass (solar cells and orbiting mirrors) necessary for expansion. Several devices and procedures are suggested for development which could further reduce the total mass necessary to transport to the Moon to establish the initial lunar supply base.
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Criswell, D. (Lunar Science Inst. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
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Publication: NASA. Ames Res. Center. Space Resources and Space Settlements
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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