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Proposed Research-focused Departments of the University of Luna Project
A list of just some of the considerable variety of things needing attention


Selenology Department (Lunar geology)

  • Robotic exploration homework: We need to fly lunar orbiter missions with the instruments capable of filling in the many blank spots in our map of lunar resource and other features of economic significance - the "Economic Geography of the Moon"
  • Data Mining Projects: Some of this knowledge might be mined from data of missions already flown, using special software.
  • Transportation Corridors: Such a map would also identify logical regional and interregional transportation corridors, as well as areas where most of the needed resources are concentrated, thus telling us where a first resource-using industrial settlement should be located
  • Ground Truth lander and rover missions are indicated to quantify and qualify teasing indications from orbital probes, for example, of suspected lunar polar ice deposits and of suspected lavatubes
  • Feature and Place Name Registry
  • Identification and prioritization of areas for Geological, Scenic, Historical Preservation Reserve status

Astronomy Department

  • Farside radio astronomy installations
  • Optical astronomy installations
  • Designing telescopes for Lunar amateur use


Energy Department

  • He3 extraction, handling, shipping
  • Lunar Solar Power Systems
  • Power Storage Options ongoing research
  • Dayspan/Nightspan Operations management
  • Recycling as a way to reuse embodied energy already produced
  • Energy efficiency research
  • Structured industrial parks in which waste heat from one operation feeds the next down a line of decreasing thermal needs
  • Developing lunar sourceable liquid and gaseous fuels for generators and mobile applications
  • Mass driver systems for export bulk commodities
  • Mass catcher systems for import bulk commodities

Civil Engineering

  • Road construction
  • bridge, tunnels, shafts

Computer Engineering



  • Design of vehicles for inside pressurized trafficways
  • Design of surface highways and vehicles for personal, and group transit, and freight use
  • Design of self-help roadway service stations, flare sheds, hostels
  • Design of lunar railway systems
  • Design of lunar cableway systems
  • Design of human-powered cycles for 1/6 th gravity
  • Design of suborbital transports and runways

Lunar-appropriate Technology Department

  • Mining & Processing Technologies research
  • Lunar-deficient element (LDEs) Outsourcing Studies
  • Lunar Satellite systems research
  • Manufacturing processes that need little or no water or which recycle them
  • Dust control systems research
  • Institute of Lunar-Appropriate Industrial Design
  • MUS/cle Design Projects
  • Assembly methods that are disassembly-friendly for proper recycling

Materials Research Department

  • Concrete
  • Glass, glass fibers, glass composites
  • Ceramics
  • Cast basalt
  • Metal alloys


Department of Agriculture

  • Development of new hybrids
  • Biological Diversification project
  • Wild Areas project
  • Food processing
  • Biomass waste recycling
  • Fiber production
  • Pharmaceutical production
  • Climate options for specific flora, fauna, crops
  • bioextraction of elements present in trace amounts
  • student outreach projects - LUNAX

Environmental Engineering

  • Modular biospherics
  • Air refreshing systems
  • Graywater and blackwater recycling systems
  • Environmental protection protocols
  • Ecosystems: plants, animals, insects, microbes
  • Biodiversity

Department of Lunar Architecture

  • Modular architecture system improvements
  • Surface structure architecture
  • Shielding systems
  • Warehouse systems
  • Flare sheds
  • Construction systems
  • Development of stair and ladder systems appropriate for people fully acclimatized to lunar gravity levels


Department of Human Resources

  • Identification of production-supporting roles for seniors, children, adolescents, and the handicapped
  • Identification of tasks that can be outsourced to teleoperators on Earth in order to free a larger percentage of the population on the Moon for export and domestic production needs.
  • identification of tasks that can be assigned to those who must be removed from the general population, so that they can also support the economic goals of the frontier population. Note: on a frontier there is always more to be done than people to do it. We cannot afford to support the existence of those not contributing in some way.

Sports & Recreation Department

  • computer simulation development of sports designed to play to lunar 1/6 th gravity and traction, but with standard momentum
  • Ditto re dance forms
  • Development of out-vac (external surface vacuum) recreation and sporting activities

Arts Department

  • Development of lunar sourceable art media
    (ceramics, alloys, paints, etc.)
  • Development of lunar-manufacturable music instruments
  • Assistance with developing lunar performing arts forms

Frontier Political Science Department

  • Determination of the minimum needs for domestic home rule
  • Developing agreed upon schedule for increasing levels of autonomy
  • Earth Political, Economic, Cultural, Relations


Department of Curricula Development

  • Developing open-source research-focused curricula for use in colleges and universities around the world, in support of ULP Research goals


Department of Frontier Medicine & Health

  • Development of compact full-function hospitals
  • Development of Moon-appropriate first aid kits and systems
  • Research in Earth-orbiting facilities with 1/6th normal artificial gravity to gain early indication of physiological and other health problems that are 1/6th gravity specific
  • Adaptation of nutritional diets to the demands of life in 1/6th gravity
  For Questions about this outline, contact Peter Kokh kokhmmm@aol.com
Updated 04/15/2007