Moon: Prospective Energy and Material Resources

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Viorel Badescu
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 22, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 749 pages

The Earth has limited material and energy resources. Further development of the humanity will require going beyond our planet for mining and use of extraterrestrial mineral resources and search of power sources. The exploitation of the natural resources of the Moon is a first natural step on this direction. Lunar materials may contribute to the betterment of conditions of people on Earth but they also may be used to establish permanent settlements on the Moon. This will allow developing new technologies, systems and flight operation techniques to continue space exploration.

In fact, a new branch of human civilization could be established permanently on Moon in the next century. But, meantime, an inventory and proper social assessment of Moon’s prospective energy and material resources is required. This book investigates the possibilities and limitations of various systems supplying manned bases on Moon with energy and other vital resources. The book collects together recent proposals and innovative options and solutions. It is a useful source of condensed information for specialists involved in current and impending Moon-related activities and a good starting point for young researchers.

 

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Contents

A Survey of Geologic Resources
1
Helium Isotopes in the Lunar Regolith Measuring Helium Isotope Diffusivity in Lunar Analogs
23
What Is Derived from the Observations?
57
Theoretical Modeling Numerical Simulation and Retrievals from ChangE1 Data for Microwave Exploration of Lunar SurfaceSubsurface
86
Lunar Minerals and Their Resource Utilization with Particular Reference to Solar Power Satellites and Potential Roles for Humic Substances for Lunar...
105
Lunar Holes and Lava Tubes as Resources for Lunar Science and Exploration
139
Oxygen from Lunar Regolith
164
InSitu Water Production by Reducing Ilmenite
189
Fuel Cell Power System Options for Lunar Surface Exploration Applications
377
Theory and Applications of Cooling Systems in Lunar Surface Exploration
405
Principles of Efficient Usage of Thermal Resources for Heating on Moon
439
Deployable Lunar Habitation Design
469
Curing of Composite Materials for an Inflatable Construction on the Moon
503
Natural Resources of the Moon and Legal Regulation
519
The Property Status of Lunar Resources
553
Telecommunication and Navigation Services in Support of Lunar Exploration and Exploitation
565

Potential ISRU of Lunar Regolith for Planetary Habitation Applications
201
Lunar Drilling Excavation and Mining in Support of Science Exploration Construction and In Situ Resource Utilization ISRU
235
Challenges in Transporting Handling and Processing Regolith in the Lunar Environment
266
Past Present and Future
295
The Use of Lunar Resources for Energy Generation on the Moon
324
Perpetual Sunshine Moderate Temperatures and Perpetual Cold as Lunar Polar Resources
335
Condition of Solar Radiation on the Moon
347
Problems and Prospects
366
A Laser Power Beaming Architecture for Supplying Power to the Lunar Surface
599
Building the First Lunar Base Construction Transport Assembly
632
Advanced Systems Concept for Autonomous Construction and Selfrepair of Lunar Surface ISRU Structures
641
Moon Dune Bacillithic Cratertecture
661
Private Sector Considerations
703
30 Highlights of Solar System Development on the 200th Anniversary of Men on the Moon
725
Author Index
735
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