Norman Foster: how to build on the Moon with 3D printers
Norman Foster’s office is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to assess the feasibility of a project to build a station on the moon’s south pole by means of 3D printing. On the basis of tests carried out on Earth, in places of extreme climate and with materials resembling those found on the lunar surface – basalt rock from an Italian volcano mixed with magnesium oxide – the team is designing a pressurized station for four astronauts that would protect them from high temperature fluctuations, meteorites and gamma radiation. Minimizing logistics, the lunar base would be built with a cylindrical structure covered by an inflatable dome, all transported from Earth by space rocket, and over this a robot-operated D-Shape would create a protective shell with a layer of regolith.
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