Entry No. EC2332-A

N ew V ision

Moon isn’t a huge leap anymore. The aim of NV (New Vision) Mission is to create a self-sufficient lunar city that could be composed by touristic centers, service stations or scientific laboratories. The best way to improve the district is to build in a modular way, at minimum expense in terms of cost, resources and expeditions. The project requires the combined use of lunar material resources and other stuff taken by the earth.
The trip is inspired by Apollo 11 mission [1] in particular for the space journey
and for the membership. All the needs for the lunar buildings are included in the
N-LM (New Lunar Module): the NVCM (New Vision Constructive Module), a lunar deployable rover, two scissor lifts, a lunar shelter module, liquid polyurethane tanks and fillable membrane packaging. The lunar shelter module hosts two astronauts and ejects all the heavy equipments aiding the slowdown during the descendent stage.
The district takes place on Shackleton crater rim [2]. It is next to the lunar South
Pole, so it hasn’t extreme temperature variations and it has about 70% monthly
sunlight illumination. The floor of the crater also has water ice deposits necessary
for life.
NVCM is an aluminum deployable structure, assembled on earth in a compact
configuration. It can be easily opened developing over 10 times the initial volume.
The NVCM works as a curved rib beams and it holds up one NVM (New Vision Module) arch until its solidification. The fillable membrane lying on the NVCM is shaped in blocks in which a mixture of polyurethane and regolith flows into. The filling process starts
from the base up to the “keyblock” as it happens in a stone arch construction. When
the mixture dries, the result is a compact material similar to concrete. The NVCM
can be removed and used to extend the NVM , for endless possibilities.
NVCM is necessary for the birth of a lunar colony. With the aid of future expeditions, providing for supplies, it can be infinitely useful. In a futuristic view NV missions will lead to a self-developing lunar cities, leaving no more need of expeditions.

[1] Apollo missions from NASA website
[2] Shackleton crater from SSERVI NASA website

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