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Washington, D.C. Lunar Surface Systems (Landers, Architecture) Forum On Weds. Feburary 25th: Exciting New Info to Come? February 23, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in NASA.


A NASA-Industry forum/workshop is coming up this Wednesday in Washington, D.C. on lunar architecture, which will provide a status update on a range of lunar surface exploration and architecture concepts and studies:

“The workshop will highlight recently completed lunar surface study contracts administered by the Constellation Program. Topics will include habitat designs and packaging options, innovative energy and thermal storage concepts, lunar regolith moving methods, and avionics and software solutions.”

I’d expect there’ll be some juicy new details coming out of this; it sounds like there’ll be a focus on pre-2020 work, e.g. the International Lunar Network (the workshop being on “concepts to support human and robotic exploration on the moon by 2020”).

It’s at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (map) from February 25-27th (three days’s worth? *drool*). 

The full agenda is available here from NASA—a lot of habitat design and regolith storage topics. Regolith, and its dusty nature, is a big problem on the Moon, but something I haven’t seen any specifics on–that should be particularly interesting. Of course, regolith is also where the all-important helium-3 is mined from.

I’ll see what I can dig up on the presentations as the workshop goes along this week, and bring it to ya right here at Luna C/I :)



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