Solenoid Moon Base City 2.0, 2018
(horizontal toroid, 2018)
In occasion of the IAC Congress of Brema 2018, we presented a new version of the lunar base developed together with a group of researchers (coordinated by Professor Giancarlo Genta from the Polytechnic University of Turin).
The toroid of cables is placed in a horizontal position: the upper part is supported by arches that are organised in the shape of a circle along the perimeter of the torus, while the lower part evolves in underground tunnels under the lunar surface.
The residential domes will be “printed” in situ using the lunar regolith and taking advantage of the structure itself. The cables’ frame will be in fact a component of the printer, with an overhead travelling crane moving along the tracks that coincides with some of the cables. It will be possible to enlarge the settlement over time, printing new units as they will be needed.
The domes will be partially covered at the top in order to protect them from micro-meteorites. They will be transparent only in correspondence with the glass windows, which are built using triangular modules in geodetic configuration and made up of multi-layered and thick windowpanes.