It was Jules Verne, in 1865, who first came up with the idea of building an enormous space gun capable of shooting a projectile to the moon. His novel “From the Earth to the Moon” inspired scientists and explorers to examine a possible Moon landing and, why not, inhabiting.
Our project Drill Your Own Base (D.Y.O.B.), although is not proposing the use of a huge cannon to send our habitat to the Moon, is experimenting with the idea of drilling.
Taking into consideration the inhuman conditions of the Lunar environment, such as extreme radiation and micrometeoroids, extreme temperature fluctuations and the absence of atmosphere, we propose an underground module, in the shape of a spiral. This shape derives from the first illustrations of Jules Verne space projectile, a bit transformed, in order to resemble a screw-like shape. This comes of the idea that, instead of shooting the module to the Moon, we thought something closer to drilling. More specifically, our spiral module will be carried as an extra part in a spacecraft from Earth, and with an acceleration mechanism will be drilled into the Lunar surface.
The module works primarily as a base and can host up to 12 people. The first team that will inhabitate the Moon will consist of scientists and engineers, and as the module is multiplying more professions are about to join the team to form a sustainable group.
Each unit contains 12 private cabins for personal use, kitchen and bathroom facilities, Virtual Reality rooms for leisure and Earth-like experiences, spaces for leisure, studying, team meetings and other activities, a gym for exercising, storage facilities through all the habitable spaces, an elevator, and an entrance hall with spacesuits and equipment for exploration.
The module is the first step of habitation on the Moon. Although the number of the people that can fit into the unit is now restricted to 12, after the settlement of the first D.Y.O.B., more are about to come, connect with each other and multiply, in order to create a network of “neighborhoods” that will also contain working places, experimenting facilities, as well as recycling, vegetation, facilities for space vehicles and landing, along with space tourism companies, restaurants and bars, leisure activities, and whatever humans can imagine to accompany their out of Earth living.