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Construction and development of a human base on MarsWays in which various construction-oriented activities might be carried out on the surface of Mars are addressed, with emphasis on determining the power, mass, and manpower requirements for these activities. Attention is given to the soil mechanics of Mars, a series of guidelines and fundamental calculations for building various structures such as inflatables, foundations, and in situ material buildings, construction procedures such as laying pipe or cables and setting up solar arrays, and equipment needs and uses for a nominal base on Mars. Under the assumption of some types of construction machines, the construction time is estimated. Most of the work is shown to be completable within a reasonable time scale (10 yr or more), although some work requires impractical construction time. This work includes the covering of both rigid and inflatable habitat modules. It is suggested that alternative types of construction machines are required for this type of work.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Gwynne, Owen
(NASA Ames Research Center; SETI Inst. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Ishikawa, Yoji
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Yamamoto, Yukinobu
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Uyeda, Hisateru
(Ohbayashi Corp. Tokyo, Japan)
Bongiovi, Thomas
(Stanford Univ. CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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