Moon Village Reference Masterplan and Habitat Design



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49th International Conference on Environmental Systems


The concept of an international “Moon Village” introduced by the Director General of ESA, Jan Wörner, has been a catalyst for renewed interest in developing a permanent settlement on the Moon. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is investigating together with the European Space Agency and faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concepts for the first permanent human settlement on the lunar surface. The European Space Agency is contributing expertise from their research and procurement facilities including ESTEC, the European Astronaut Centre and ESA HQ. This collaboration is strengthened by key input by faculty from the Aerospace Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a NASA Astronaut with human spaceflight experience. This collaboration aims to demonstrate the potential of an international private-public partnership to advance human space exploration through cross-disciplinary cooperation. The paper presents a holistic approach to planning of a lunar development, centering on the need for habitation systems, designed as adaptive space systems to enable an ecosystem of versatile surface operations. The designed multi-functional structural concepts are optimized for performance, safety, and utility, leverage emerging technologies including a combination of structural pressurized vessels, regolith structures for radiation shielding, and adaptive infrastructure planning. Located on the south pole near the “peaks of eternal light, the development maximizes In-Situ Resource Utilization (ice deposits and energy). Phasing strategies are explored for evaluating the evolutionary steps of the settlement to harness future ISRU-based construction activities.


Georgi Petrov, Skidmore, Owings, & Merril (SOM) LLP, USA
Daniel Inocente, Skidmore, Owings, & Merril (SOM) LLP, USA
Max Haney, Skidmore, Owings, & Merril (SOM) LLP, USA
Neil Katz, Skidmore, Owings, & Merril (SOM) LLP, USA
Colin Koop, Skidmore, Owings, & Merril (SOM) LLP, USA
Advenit Makaya, European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands
Marlies Arnhof, European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands
Hanna Lakk, European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands
Aidan Cowley, European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands
Claudie Haignere, European Space Agency (ESA), France
Piero Messina, European Space Agency (ESA), France
Valentina Sumini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Jeffrey Hoffman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
ICES502: Space Architecture
The 49th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 07 July 2019 through 11 July 2019.


Moon Village, Surface Habitat, Space Architecture, Inflatable, Settlement