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How long will it take to build a permanent lunar base for scientists to live in, while they do scien

Author : Satan Claws

Submitted : 2018-06-14 03:36:42    Popularity:     

Tags: lunar  base  permanent  long  build  

Governments of the USA, European Union, & Russia & China & Japan decided that they wanted to make it a Priority Project.

MY QUESTION IS ASSUMING THIS HAPPENED. Update: One benefit of this project is it would be a good wa

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Its too hot to reside on the moon and mangoes don't grow there.

We've never been to the moon my friend, and we will never be able to go.

It's fantasy.

Well, the US went from never having launched anything into orbit, to putting a man on the moon in just 7 years.

So if the world's major governments decided they wanted to put a base on the moon, I'd assume we'd get it done in under a decade, easily.

The correct way to do this would be to build a large staging area in orbit, from which we would launch people and materials to the moon and it would be this station that they would return to - not all the back to Earth. This way we would just launch supplies and raw materials to this station, much as we launch stuff to the ISS. However it would take some time to either expand the ISS or build a new station, so if time were of the essence we might just skip this and launch a bunch of smaller vehicles directly to the moon.

20 years is a long guess, 2 years is a short one. Some duration between. Since there are no vehicles that are man rated yet for going beyond Earth orbit, the words "Priority Project" makes any guesses kind of variable.
You should include Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan in your list of countries.

Not very long if they use the BEAM lunar base which is an inflatable lunar base which is lighter, takes up less room, and so forth.

https://www.space.com/32480-beam-inflata...

And if they want to make it as big as the international space station, a little modification and there we go. It just needs solar batteries and a nuclear battery during the 14 days of night. Plus a magnetic shield during the day to protect them from radiation.

And if they can be positioned to where there's water, then they have emergency oxygen and water supplies right there.

Plus inflatable structures have more give in the event of micrometeors.

But to get back to Earth, they still need a launch craft on the surface and a return craft in orbit for the 3 days. If it's something critical, then they need to solve it there.

As to food they will still need an inflatable greenhouse with its own lights during the 14 days of night as well as having them freeze dried in case there is any problems and making sure they have twice as much as they need. They might have to use kelp or seaweed to feed off of since they grow VERY fast, like a foot a day.

<QUOTE>If something goes wrong</QUOTE>

No.

No, no, no. If "something goes wrong", then you're on your own buddy. That's how spaceflight works.

You can't just "launch at once". That works in cartoons, but not in real life. Watch this: https://youtu.be/aW5ozq4Tqew


<QUOTE>How long will it take</QUOTE>

You didn't mention how many people you want to put there, and how long they'll be there. The time it takes to build a house depends on the size of the house you want to build and the furniture you want to put there.

So what do you want to do there? Start with that one, then you can figure out how much you need and from there you can start figuring out how long it'll take.

"IF" they decided it was a priority.
Right now, it is NOT a priority, and there is no serious reason (other than political) for it to become a scientific priority.
Running a base on the Moon will NOT do anything for any project of colonizing Mars. The conditions on the Moon do not lend themselves for that.
And the Moon itself cannot be colonized.

Colonization of America worked, even though if anything went wrong... you died in America (there was no question of bringing anyone back). It is going to be the same for the colonization of ANY off-Earth world.

China was left out of the International Space Station project because the USA vetoed them. Therefore if China (a country that can still send humans in space) is part of the project to go to the Moon, then it means the USA (a country that cannot send humans in space) will have been left out.

I'd give it 1 to 2 years for negotiations, then 3 years of design for the station.

Delivering the modules to the moon is going to be the hard part - you need to land some very heavy equipment, then off-load it from the lander. Additional pieces need to be landed in close proximity, then moved to join the previously-landed assembly...

So - you'll need to design the station's modules, the landing system, the surface transporter, and any manned modules - the ship going to the moon, and the one landing (and taking off from) the surface....
3 to 6 years of manufacturing the living modules
4 to 8 years of manufacturing (and testing) the delivery systems
2 to 3 years of developing/manufacturing surface transport
3 to 5 years of station assembly.

Some of these can be done concurrently, but I'd guess... 10 to 12 years to completion, and 7 to 10 years before it could be manned.

somewhat similar to building a new base in Antarctica. Probably take 3-5 years to complete, with a few moving in after 4 years

less then a year



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