The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on the Moon

Erik Seedhouse

LUNAR OUTPOST When humans return to the Moon, it will not be just to visit, but to establish an outpost and a possible launching pad to Mars. Lunar Outpost provides a unique insight into what will need to be done to achieve this amazing feat. The book As the Second Age of Lunar Exploration gets under way, the Moon will be used as a proving ground for the technologies required for manned missions to Mars. This book looks to the future, and shows how the return to the Moon will provide a stepping stone for future interplanetary missions.

Table of Contents

About the author
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

  1. Vision for Space Exploration
  2. Pre-VSE Space Exploration Initiatives
  3. The Vision for Space Exploration plan
  4. Exploration Systems Architecture Study charter
  5. The Constellation Program
  6. Rationale for returning to the Moon
  7. References
  8. Racing to the Moon
  9. China's lunar ambitions
  10. Japan's lunar intentions
  11. Russia's manned Moon program
  12. Taking Europe to the Moon
  13. Reference
  14. Next-generation launch vehicles
  15. Overview of the launch vehicle selection process
  16. Designing Ares
  17. Ares I
  18. Development problems
  19. Propulsion for Ares I and Ares V
  20. Ares V
  21. Ares V elements
  22. Altair/Lunar Surface Access Module
  23. Ares V progress
  24. References
  25. Designing the Crew Exploration Vehicle
  26. Crew Exploration Vehicle contractor studies
  27. Defining and designing Orion
  28. Orion trade studies
  29. The design process
  30. Orion variants
  31. Orion systems and subsystems
  32. Orion abort modes
  33. Risk assessment
  34. References
  35. Lunar outpost
  36. Lunar environment
  37. Lunar life support
  38. Expandable habitat structures
  39. Lunar communications and navigation capabilities
  40. Surface mobility systems
  41. References
  42. Astronaut selection and medical requirements
  43. Psychological impact of long-duration missions
  44. Crew selection criteria
  45. Crew training
  46. Medical care
  47. Medical intervention
  48. References
  49. From launch to landing
  50. Mission architecture
  51. Evolution of the current lunar architecture
  52. Lunar architecture
  53. Deployment architecture and strategy
  54. Risk and reliability assessment
  55. References
  56. Alternative mission architectures
  57. The Moon as a proving ground: VSE vs. the alternative’vision
  58. DIRECT
  59. DIRECT's lunar architecture
  60. Politics
  61. Response to DIRECT
  62. Pursuing Constellation
  63. References
  64. Science on the Moon
  65. In situ resource utilization
  66. Oxygen production
  67. ISRU development and integration strategy
  68. References
  69. Lunar space tourism
  70. Space Adventures Ltd.
  71. The Artemis Project
  72. Bigelow Aerospace




Extent: 328 pages with an 8 page colour section
Binding: PB
Publication Date: September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-387-09746-6

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