ESA showed an inflatable lunar station

(ORDO NEWS) — Austrian company Pneumocell presented its vision of a prefabricated ultralight lunar settlement.

The model of the future settlement on the Moon consists of buried inflatable structures, which should be located near the lunar poles.

Once inflated, these structures will be covered with a layer of lunar regolith 4-5 meters thick to protect against radiation and meteorites.

Above each structure will be trusses holding a mirrored membrane that will rotate to follow the movement of the Sun across the sky.

Sunlight, with the help of a system of mirrors, will be reflected into the greenhouses.

This research was supported by the European Space Agency’s Discovery project, after Pneumocell submitted its idea to the Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), created to find promising ideas for space exploration.


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