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Faxing structures to the Moon: Freeform Additive Construction System (FACS)

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dc.contributor.author Howe, A. Scott
dc.contributor.author Wilcox, Brian
dc.contributor.author McQuin, Christopher
dc.contributor.author Townsend, Julie
dc.contributor.author Rieber, Richard
dc.contributor.author Barmatz, Martin
dc.contributor.author Leichty, John
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-26T21:57:22Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-26T21:57:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-10
dc.identifier.citation AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition, San Diego, California, September 10-12, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#13-3293
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44360
dc.description.abstract Using the highly articulated All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) robotic mobility system as a precision positioning tool, a variety of print head technologies can be used to 3D print large-scale in-situ structures on planetary surfaces such as the moon or Mars. In effect, in the same way CAD models can be printed in a 3D printer, large-scale structures such as walls, vaults, domes, berms, paving, trench walls, and other insitu derived elements can be FAXed to the planetary surface and built in advance of the arrival of crews, supplementing equipment and materials brought from earth. This paper discusses the ATHLETE system as a mobility / positioning platform, and presents several options for large-scale additive print head technologies, including tunable microwave "sinterator" approaches and in-situ concrete deposition. The paper also discusses potential applications, such as sintered-in-place habitat shells, radiation shielding, road paving, modular bricks, and prefabricated construction components. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject 3D printing en_US
dc.subject additive en_US
dc.subject surface habitats en_US
dc.subject Apollo Lunar Module en_US
dc.subject structure en_US
dc.title Faxing structures to the Moon: Freeform Additive Construction System (FACS) en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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