Design and Shielding for a future Moon Habitat

Alexander Nieuwborg, Marjan Moreels, Sarah Baatout

    Research output


    Recent advances in space technology, backed by political and commercial commitments, reignited the interest in lunar exploration. For facilitating lunar exploration, the necessity of a lunar outpost emerges. This thesis will explore a lunar outpost design strategy and innovative shielding solutions by applying design thinking methodologies supported by multidisciplinary input from radiobiologists, neuroscientists, astrophysicists, physicists space architects, bio-engineers, aerospace engineers, architects and industrial designers. It includes extensive literature research regarding the lunar environment, space radiation shielding and space architecture, shielding tests with mycomaterials, co-creation and a design phase. By using a multidisciplinary approach an innovative lunar outpost strategy emerged, named the International Lunar Outpost (ILO). The ILO focusses on creating a realistic modular and expandable concept. The design strategy allows for multilateral cooperation, scalability, iterative development and variation while being technically and economically feasible.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • KU Leuven
    • Baatout, Sarah, Supervisor
    • Moreels, Marjan, Supervisor
    Date of Award10 Jun 2019
    StatePublished - 10 Jun 2019

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