Our vision of ‘Moontopia’ sees a human presence being established on the moon for the primary purpose of being a ‘Transportation Interchange’ point to mars and interplanetary colonisation beyond.
The secondary purposes would also include scientific research – and the colony development as a prototype for a future mars exploration, but more general research that could be enhanced through being carried out in an environment, with low gravity and less atmosphere.
A main purpose is that the moon has potential to extract and transport valuable resources back to earth. Space tourism would feature heavily, and generate revenue streams to improve technology of space transportation, but also reduce transportation costs. This should be an opportunity for the masses to experience and not just the elite.
We believe the first colony on the moon should be self-sufficient, therefore it is important to phase the development process of the colony. The development phases are considered below:
To create the initial infrastructure required for excavations and sub-structure for the main works would require a very economic phasing of regular trips from Earth to the moon to deposit a selection of autonomous vehicles to prepare the strata for mobilisation. These machines would begin the extraction of various metals and other resources from the regolith and in the process ‘print’ dome structures using the extracted by-product.
Using the moon geology as building material would be the obvious economical way to reduce building material costs and transporting of materials. Natural iron oxides could be used in a smelting plant to create the metals for the future structural elements. This first Phase is critical for establishing the masterplan zoning for sub-structure and recessed cavernous spaces deep in the moons crust.
Once the autonomous extraction and construction vehicles have carved out and constructed the main shell and core spaces the assemblage of the primary first and second skin can be constructed which would be more sophisticated in the process. It is envisaged constructing the same way the car industry does but on a more complex level. Following the successful construction of air tight structures, the main spaces and landing zone would be prepared for the first future human presence for space exploration, research, and expansion of the colony.
How the people live as a community on the moon is a complex subject in terms of safety, comfort, sustainability, and food resources. In our proposals we have considered how food could be ‘farmed’ as renewable form of survival. Social issues of human interaction with the restrictions of reduced gravity and zero atmospheres should be celebrated in generous controlled environments to prevent claustrophobia and discomfort.
Energy is a significant factor in how this moon base functions on a longer term basis. We have designed our Nuclear and Solar power stations which would be interlinked with the space landing and take-off points and the research and living dwellings. The complexity of this energy linkage would require master planning in itself in the construction phasing.