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Partial gravity habitat studyThe purpose of this study is to investigate comprehensive design requirements associated with designing habitats for humans in a partial gravity environment, then to apply them to a lunar base design. Other potential sites for application include planetary surfaces such as Mars, variable-gravity research facilities, and a rotating spacecraft. Design requirements for partial gravity environments include locomotion changes in less than normal earth gravity; facility design issues, such as interior configuration, module diameter, and geometry; and volumetric requirements based on the previous as well as psychological issues involved in prolonged isolation. For application to a lunar base, it is necessary to study the exterior architecture and configuration to insure optimum circulation patterns while providing dual egress; radiation protection issues are addressed to provide a safe and healthy environment for the crew; and finally, the overall site is studied to locate all associated facilities in context with the habitat. Mission planning is not the purpose of this study; therefore, a Lockheed scenario is used as an outline for the lunar base application, which is then modified to meet the project needs. The goal of this report is to formulate facts on human reactions to partial gravity environments, derive design requirements based on these facts, and apply the requirements to a partial gravity situation which, for this study, was a lunar base.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Capps, Stephen
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Lorandos, Jason
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Akhidime, Eval
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Bunch, Michael
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Lund, Denise
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Moore, Nathan
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Murakawa, Kiosuke
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: USRA, NASA(USRA University Advanced Design Program Fifth Annual Summer Conference
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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