PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF MARS BASING
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This paper is an attempt to focus attention on the design and construction problems for a Martian base. An immediate, prefabricated, inflatable shelter is proposed for the first crew that lands on Mars which will serve for headquarters while additional base construction is performed. The use of indigenous materials for structures is proposed where possible to reduce transportation and construction costs. Prefabricated structures are advocated from imported materials, using steel, aluminum, wood, wood products, plastics, rubber fabrics or polyurethane plastics. Block construction could be used with either imported cements or with blocks and cements manufactured from Martian materials. The design and construction of basing facilities on Mars appears to be within the limits of present technologies, but it is emphasized that designs proposed herein will probably require considerable modification as more information about the environment and available materials on Mars is obtained.