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Relevant Environment Additive Construction Technology (REACT)Project Overview
This project is focused on developing technologies that enable construction of a Lunar Safe Haven type structure on the moon. A full scale architectural and structural design will be completed based on lunar conditions and Artemis mission needs. A scaled structure will be 3D printed in simulated lunar environments.
Technical Approach
Polymer bound regolith composite materials will be developed and characterized for lunar additive construction applications. A full scale architectural and structural design will be completed based on the latest scientific data on lunar environments including radiation, meteoroids, thermal conditions, reduced gravity, and moonquakes. The project will culminate with a demonstration of additive construction in simulated lunar vacuum, thermal, regolith, and UV conditions.
Preliminary material specifications have been developed and an initial batch has been produced. A first iteration of the architectural and structural designs have been completed.  Hardware for 3D printing in simulated lunar conditions is under development.
Contributing Partners
AI Space Factory – Winner of the NASA 3D Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge
Infusion and Transition Plan
On-surface construction of infrastructure is a critical capability of the sustainable phase of the Artemis Program and eventual sustainable human presence on Mars. It provides the ability to create protective shelters on-demand using local resources. The 3D-printing technology will achieve TRL 6 in 1g/vacuum tests with thermal/UV exposure in this project. CLPS missions will be pursued for infusion to demonstrate vertical construction with lunar regolith and conditions. Modeling and simulation will be used to define the pilot-scale shelter construction mission for long-term exposure on the lunar surface to validate the system for Artemis operational deployment.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Nathan J Gelino
(Kennedy Space Center Merritt Island, Florida, United States)
Laurent Sibille
(Southeastern Universities Research Association Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)
Alex McCarthy
(AI Space Factory)
Date Acquired
September 8, 2021
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Meeting Information
Meeting: Game Changing Development Annual Program Review
Location: Virtual
Country: US
Start Date: September 13, 2021
End Date: September 23, 2021
Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 571232.04.56.76
Distribution Limits
Use by or on behalf of the US Gov. Permitted.
Technical Review
Single Expert
Lunar Construction
Lunar Infrastructure
Radiation Shelter
Safe Haven
3d Printing
Additive Construction
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