Austrian design company Pneumocell unveils its concept for an inflatable lunar habitat based on ultralight structures.
Simulation of an inflatable colony on the Moon designed by Pneumocell
Simulation of an inflatable colony on the Moon designed by Pneumocell. (Photo: Pneumocell).
This idea describes the vision of a Future colonies assembled from inflatable structures buried beneath the surface of the Moon. They will be placed near one or the other pole in places almost always exposed to the sun.
The concept created by the Pneumocell design firm is one of them Open Space Innovation Platform Project (OSIP) Funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), it seeks to find promising ideas for space research from all possible sources.
Once inflated, these habitats will be buried 4 to 5 m deep beneath the Moon’s topsoil to protect humans from meteorites, extreme temperatures and cosmic radiation.
The mirror system reflects sunlight back to the greenhouse gardens.
The mirror system reflects sunlight back to the greenhouse gardens. (Photo: Pneumocell)
Above each structure will be a frame containing a mirror. It is designed to rotate with the Sun and reflect sunlight into an artificial crater, where another conical mirror directs the light toward the surrounding greenhouse. To simulate nighttime, simply move the mirror away from the sun for about 5-6 hours on a 24 hour cycle.
The colony will be self-sufficient in the long term by producing and recycling oxygen and growing food in large greenhouses using irradiated energy from the Sun.
The inflatable installation is self-sufficient in oxygen and food.
The inflatable installation can be self-sufficient in oxygen and food. (Photo: Pneumocell)
Pneumocell said this design could easily be sent to the Moon. The company studied spacecraft that exist or are being developed to transport equipment and astronauts.
“The ultra-light and modular structure of the inflatable installation constitutes a big advantage compared to other concepts”, emphasized the Pneumocell research team. “The SpaceX spacecraft can certainly transport its necessary components to the Moon. Our ideas can also be realized with the help of smaller rockets like the Ariane-64, combined with the Large Logistics Lander developed by ESA. ».
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Austrian design company Pneumocell has unveiled its concept for an inflatable lunar habitat based on ultralight structures. Simulation of the residential area…