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Short Course

Engineering and Construction on the Moon

Monday, April 19 | 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm - Part 1
Tuesday, April 20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Part 2

6 PDHs
Cost: EB $445 | ADV $465 | ONS $485

Please Note: This event require an additional ticket. Attendees must be registered for the Conference (full or daily) in order to register for this short course. Fee does include lunch.

Organizer: Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F. ASCE, University of Connecticut

Sponsored by: ASCE ASD Space Engineering and Construction Committee

This short course is designed for engineers and researchers who are planning to participate in various engineering and construction aspects on the moon. The course will present an overview of lunar environmental conditions and focus on several intellectually enriching topics, including lunar habitats: architecture, design and analysis considerations; construction challenges; material and lunar simulant development for construction; utilization of local resources; construction techniques including robotic excavation; drilling techniques; and infrastructure development and planning. It is intended especially for civil engineers working in space and extraterrestrial endeavor and aerospace engineers working on surface site preparation, habitat structures, construction and mining in extraterrestrial bodies.

Topics and Speakers

Subject to change

Welcome and Course Introduction: Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F.EMI, A.F.AIAA, F.ASCE, Professor University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Lunar In-Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU): Concept to Reality: Gerald (Jerry) Sanders, Lead, ISRU System Capability Leadership Team, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; and Julie Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Research Engineer, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Impact of Lunar Environmental Conditions on Requirements of Lunar Systems/Structures: Alexander M. Jablonski, Ph.D., P.E., Project Manager, Canadian Space Agency, Ottawa, Canada

Lunar Habitat Concepts and Design / Analysis for Extreme Temperature and Meteorite Impact: Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F.EMI, A.F.AIAA, F.ASCE, Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Design for Robotic Construction on the Moon: Robert Mueller, Senior Technologist, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL; and Peter Carrato, Ph.D., P.E., Technical Fellow Emeritus, Bechtel Corp., VA

Lightweight Robotic Excavation on the Moon: Dr. Krzysztof (Chris) Skonieczny, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aerospace Robotics, Associate Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 

An Overview of NASA Lunar Simulants: John Gruener, Lead NASA Simulant Team, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Drilling on the Moon: Past, Present, Future: Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Vice President, Exploration Technologies, Honeybee Robotics, Altadena, CA

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