Russians look at lunar caves for their lunar bases


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Using images from Japanese and American lunar orbiters, the Russians are looking at lunar caves to build Moon bases by 2030.

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  • Kelly Starks

    Don’t get to excited – Russia does a lot of studies for grand future projects, but given they still havn’t gotten past their 1960’s Soyuz…..

    Frankly my favorite project was the joint McDonnell Douglas / Shimizu corporation study.
    http://www.shimz.co.jp/english/theme/dream/moonbase.html

    Talk about commercial space development! Shimizu is one of the biggest construction firms in the world, and McDonnel Doughlas was the biggest aerospace firm, adn their study advanced to the point of developing adn testing casting concrete wall in vacume, with concrete made out of lunar soil (which turned out to be much stronger then concrete made on Earth due to the lack of “Organic contaminents”. [Always a silver lining..]

    My idea of a commercial / International space project for NASA would not be the (poison pill loaded) COTS of CCDev, but just issuing a contract for a commercially constructed lunar base; that NASA, international agencies, and commercials, would rent spacde and transport services to/from from. It would destroy NASA, but could be a big step forward for human development of space, and lowering cost to orbit – and dramaticly lower the cost of returning to the moon. The base on the web page would be a bit large for the start – but for the quarter trillion budgeted for vSE, this would be doable. REalisticly, the $100B + projected cost for the NASA lead development of the Constellation set of vehicles could EASILY develop the vehicles, construct the moon base (say a motel sized version of Shimizu’s airport terminal sized base) and operate it for 20 years.

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