How much is a lunar habitat? A profitability analysis

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Lehrstuhl für Innovation, Strategie und Organisation
Bachelor; Master


After the International Space Station, the moon will be the next outpost of mankind, and the Americans and Europeans in particular are pursuing this ambitious project. The reduction of transport costs will be the main challenge in future space missions.
The Apollo programme already cost about 120 billion dollars by today's standards (2009). According to current estimates, the costs of building a lunar base, based on payload costs of approximately 200,000 €/kg, exceed the total costs of the Apollo mission by several orders of magnitude. Against this back-ground, a direct use of resources on site on the moon is a necessary and cost-reducing approach for the construction of lunar dwellings.
Thus, the key topic in this student work is the evaluation of cost advantages by using lunar materials on site (regolith) for habitat construction. This question is pursued systematically in your work by taking into account the influence of conventional and new production technologies in solid and structural construc-tion.
The work is carried out in Aachen, in cooperation with the SLA of the RWTH. The goal of your work is the presentation and evaluation of different concepts for the economic efficiency of usable resources on the moon. You will receive further information in a personal conversation. Every kind of student work is desired (FL/PA/BA/MA).

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