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Preliminary design of a lunar construction utility vehicleConstruction of a lunar base, prior to manned occupancy, is one of the most demanding technological challenges facing space system designers today. A flexible lunar construction machine is needed that can be operated remotely and that can perform a variety of construction tasks over a wide range of lunar conditions. A preliminary lunar construction utility vehicle (LCUV) design has been developed as part of a capstone design course at Old Dominion University and is described in this summary report. The design requirements are taken from a 1988 USRA Summer Design Report entitled The Lunar Split Mission: A Robotic Constructed Lunar Base Scenario, and from the proceedings of a workshop hosted by United Technologies Corporation entitled Report of the In Situ Resources Utilization Workshop. The first report describes a bootstrap base concept in which a minimum of essential surface elements are delivered and configured such that minimum EVA is required to bring the initial base on-line. The base is to be built in three phases, the first of which will be unmanned, while the second and third will be manned. The key to these concepts is the development of a semiautonomous, telerobotic lunar construction utility vehicle (LCUV). The tasks required of this robotic vehicle during the phase 1 build-up are as follows: (1) surface element transportation, handling, and assembly; (2) soil excavation and movement for site preparation; (3) radiation protection and materials processing; and (4) repair and maintenance of surface elements. In order to meet the stated requirements, the LCUV must be: (1) transformable to perform a wide variety of tasks; (2) self supporting; (3) designed to allow for telerobotic control as well as autonomous operation; (4) able to transport one fully configured space station common module (SSCM); (5) upgradable to allow for future growth; and (6) easy to maintain.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bryant, C. A.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Alcorn, D.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Bentley, R.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Campbell, B.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Coulson, T.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Jacobs, J.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Stiles, P.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, 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
Engineering (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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