Study explores building inflatable greenhouses on the moon to live in

Air planet like inflatable greenhouses on the moon

Spaces agencies like NASA Studies related to the possibility of extraterrestrial life have been researched and funded. The latest talk comes from Thomas Herzig – designer and architect of PneumoCell – along with Gabor Bihari and Norbert Kömle as the team delves into the possibility of building Inflatable greenhouses On the moon, so that people can live in space devoid of atmosphere and oxygen. The study looks at developing a design called PneumoPlanet for a lunar habitat located near one of the moon’s poles and near solar illumination. It also aims to demonstrate the use of available resources to implement the proposed design.

The researchers prioritize a self-sustaining design that can withstand time and produce and recycle its own oxygen and food within architecture through the energy of solar radiation. To establish the plan, they proposed three features: the architecture should be ultra-lightweight, prefabricated inflatable structures; Inflatable greenhouses should be covered with lunar soil four to five meters thick to protect it from extreme temperatures, meteors and cosmic radiation; Sun-facing mirrors should be installed to bring sunlight into the greenhouses. The latest research is supported by the European Space Agency, which reviewed the study by introducing the team via the agency’s Open Space Innovation platform.

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Inflatable greenhouses interconnected to create a village

Austria based company air cell Designs, develops and produces inflatable structures and objects, so the proposal for inflatable lunar greenhouses for residential purposes expands and tests design principles and portfolio. according to whom study tee, the Moon’s habitat will include interconnected room units that help expand the habitat and the main inflatable greenhouses are linked together, so they can create tunnels that help people pass through and attach to other livable units. The team wrote that there could be separate work and living spaces as well to cater to the work culture on the ground. The team sees building one greenhouse unit first and then building the other from there.

They suggest calling it A . ‘village’ It consists of 16 greenhouses made of two-layer inflatable foil, while the mirror towers for the introduction of the sun will carry light mirrors and consist of carbon fiber tubes. The Luna Inflatable Greenhouse soils bathe as thermal insulation between the interiors of the inflatable architecture and the surrounding environment. The team also writes that mirrors that reflect sunlight will be projected into an artificial crater at the center of the torus or architecture that could power inflatable greenhouses.

Study explores building inflatable greenhouses on the moon to live in

Study delves into building inflatable greenhouses on the moon, so people can live there

Building a prototype on the ground for testing and investigation

The team continues to write it The power of solar illumination entering the greenhouse unit through the mirrors is about 65 kW during the lighting phases. While this energy is necessary to optimally facilitate photosynthesis, it will cause the greenhouse to warm rapidly without an active cooling coolant. In our design, the cooling system operates using ammonia and water as working fluids. In this way, the temperature inside the greenhouse can be kept close to 26°C during the illumination phases.

Dark periods mean active cooling is turned off and reflective roller blinds will cover windows to reduce heat loss. They suggest TPU or Mylar as the main foil material for inflatable greenhouses, “Whereas for reinforcing ropes, Dyneema is a suitable material,” The team adds. They conclude that a logical way to continue their study is to build a prototype on Earth that can be used to test their research and investigate details that would influence the possibility of building inflatable greenhouses on the Moon.

Study explores building inflatable greenhouses on the moon to live in
Study plan to develop a design called PneumoPlanet located near one of the moon’s poles and near solar lighting

Study explores building inflatable greenhouses on the moon to live in
Possible layout of the inflatable structure