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A factory concept for processing and manufacturing with lunar materialA conceptual design for an orbital factory sized to process 1.5 million metric tons per year of raw lunar fines into 0.3 million metric tons of manufacturing materials is presented. A conservative approach involving application of present earth-based technology leads to a design devoid of new inventions. Earth based counterparts to the factory machinery were used to generate subsystem masses and lumped parameters for volume and mass estimates. The results are considered to be conservative since technologies more advanced than those assumed are presently available in many areas. Some attributes of potential space processing technologies applied to material refinement and component manufacture are discussed.
Document ID
19770049744
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Driggers, G. W. (Southern Research Institute Birmingham, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1977
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 77-538
Meeting Information
Conference on Space Manufacturing Facilities(Princeton, NJ)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASA ORDER A-29906-B
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other