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Soil stabilization mat for lunar launch/landing siteFacilities which are capable of handling frequent arrivals and departures of spaceships between Earth and a lunar colony are necessary. The facility must be able to provide these services with minimal interruption of operational activity within the colony. The major concerns associated with the space traffic are the dust and rock particles that will be kicked up by the rocket exhaust. As a result of the reduced gravitation of the Moon, these particles scatter over large horizontal distances. This flying debris will not only seriously interrupt the routine operations of the colony, but could cause damage to the equipment and facilities surrounding the launch site. An approach to overcome this problem is presented. A proposed design for a lunar take-off/landing mat is presented. This proposal goes beyond dealing with the usual problems of heat and load resistances associated with take-off and landing, by solving the problem of soil stabilization at the site. Through adequate stabilization, the problem of flying debris is eliminated.
Document ID
19900016812
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Acord, Amy L. (Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Cohenour, Mark W. (Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Ephraim, Daniel (Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Gochoel, Dennis (Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Roberts, Jefferson G. (Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1990
Subject Category
NONMETALLIC MATERIALS
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CR-186690
ME-4182
NAS 1.26:186690
TEX-4312
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-4435
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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