This trailer is not to go to space or live in space but to demonstrate the ability of today’s technology to do so. We are adapting today’s technology to include life support monitoring, environmental controls, food sustainability, oxygen generation, Satellite and International Space Station communication. The interior is built to show how "off the shelf" technology can be used to accomplish what is seemingly impossible.
A high school calculator is many times more powerful than the computer that was used to land the Lunar Lander on the moon on July 20,1969. The average multi floor building HVAC system is many times more complex then what is required to live on the moon. Navy submarines stay submerged for months at a time with two hundred plus people on board.
As you look through our website as well as other space related materials you will soon realize that there is a large quantity of reliable and credible information available. You will soon come to agree that the goals of this group are not far fetched. It is only a matter of time and the desire of the people as to when it shall become reality.
The Analog Lunar Research and Habitat Headquarters
A demonstrator of what a moon habitat interior will need for equipment is what we are doing here.
This is a demonstrator of what would be the hard shell headquarters or power distribution plant.
From the trailer a corridor will be built as an inflatable or sectional with materials from the moon’s surface.
Our members will assist each other to build their own inflatable or sectional habitats in a series of design possibilities.
All will be connected for a common commute amongst each other and the hard shell habitat.
All connected habitats will be provided life support, Earth to moon communication power distribution and a hard shell refuge in a crisis.
Setup of computer systems
We are building a habitat for space but we have chosen the moon as it has more resources.
It is a matter of using a shell of any kind and putting inside all that is needed to support life.
We have chosen to use a 31 foot airstream trailer as the shell.
Inside we have the life support monitoring equipment, communications with the international space station and computers for satellite tracking.
We also have a section used for growing plants that will assist in the production of oxygen and as a source of food.
We have plans this summer to use one more trailer. It will be a utility trailer to use as a shop manufacturing area. This is to simulate an initial start on the moon. Further expansion of inflatable corridors and even inflatable living quarters. At this stage the hard shells will act as a life support monitoring, commmunication station and manufacturing for the expansion of the facility.
Composites and Honeycomb Aluminum for the Corridor
Sectionals and inflatable liners are some of our plans.
Simon is showing us a quick peek at the honeycomb as we move toward the research a development of the corridor project.
The corridor will also contain access panels to repair any piping and electrical conduit junction boxes.
Computer automated monitoring backed by more manual testing methods are also part of the future challenge.
Presentation on what the moon is made of
Commander David Playfair on the chemical composition of the ragolith (moon dust and moon rock). The Calgary Space Workers are conducting research in the uses of ragolith in our projects. David gave a projection that will overlap into uses of ragolith in growing the plants. He displayed simulated ragolith that is being used in our experiments.
Further discussion on the need to make more synthetic moon dust for our use. Discussion on the chemical composition and the extraction of oxygen from moon dust followed. Even more discussion of the need for prospectors in search for Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen after getting onto the moon. Further discussion on the middle weight metals of Titanium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and the bit of Copper etc.
It is important to find the perfect spot to start building a habitat that will allow for the needs of the people to be met. In Calgary the first homes were built at a junction point of two rivers.
On the moon we will need to consider the length of time sun light will be on the spot and the chance of water being nearby. The sun will shine for two weeks then it will be dark for two weeks in the belt line area of the moon. We will need to store power or reflect sunlight by sattlite to provide power during the two weeks of darkness. The moon rocks do not have water but thanks to Doctor Allan Binder and the Lunar Prospector with the help of NASA sent a spaceship that went to the moon to see if water was at the poles of luna and where exactly we should look for it. Due to craters at the North and Southern poles of the moon that are kept in the dark at all times there is ice that arrived in impacting comits. This was in March of 1998 that it was official that mostly in the South of the moon there is a fair anount of (ice) or water. The desert of a moon it is but an aosis is now in site.
He estimated that the ice will be in the first six feet of the surface and accumulated together that lake will be the size of about 2.5 miles and about 75 to 100 feet deep. This is not an ocean of waterbut enough to supply about 10,000 humans for about 350 years or millions forever if recycled.
After crashing the prospector on purpose into a crater 2.5 miles deep it discovered no steam produced from the heat of the crash and the suspected ice. This suggested that the hydrogen on the moon is a gas and not trapped in the ice left from comits. It however does not matter as it is the hydrogen that we are after and the oxygen will be in the rocks of the moon.
The splitting hairs is needed for us as we need to know what kind of equipment to send up and what will be needed to make it work. The difference of (hydrogen) water or (hydrogen) a gas state is significant. Do we need a water machine or a hydrogen machine? This is the reason for such an experiment. Thanks to Dr Binder and NASA finding information for us to use for our trip to the moon it was worth every dime for me. All Joking aside it is truly great that we can share the results.
Artemis Solar Panel
Our new affiliation with the Moon Society is a great advantage and a unique opportunity to share and develop our common goals
Lethbridge AB membership
Communication with the International Space Station (ISS)
The Wireless association has explained to us that two methods exist in the communication too and from space as per the ISS. The two methods are as fallows.
Transmitting packets of information in a text format to be read at the leisure of astronauts and/or cosmonauts on ISS.
The second is to Communicate with them with a ham radio that is of significant power. This second method has various limitations as per timeing and the pass of ISS over earth. We must also get astronauts and/or cosmonauts on ISS to take time out of their day to speak to you.
Communication with the other side of earth can be done by bouncing radio waves off the moon
Earth Moon Earth (EME) is ham radio that is used by bouncing radio waves off the moon and to a receaver on the other side of earth. The reverse is also applicable. This communication is what would be used to communicate with earth from the moon. This system requires a large amount of power and/or vary large dish
For the location of our meetings and our Research & Development Centre contact an active member to be nominated to join our society or contact Captain, Michael Bakk with your CV or background information for membership nomination