This page is under construction.
The list of research areas below will grow longer, with a linked special page for each

Some of the technologies needed to open the Lunar Frontier are not yet at "Technology Readiness Level 1."

Others are somewhat advanced, but in need of further development.

At whatever stage we find the needed technologies, our goal is to advance their readiness level as far upwards as we can.

A Major Goal of the University of Luna Project is to advance the level of Readiness of Technologies needed to create an Earth-Moon Economy.

One way to do this, we have long-termed "Spin-up." This is similar to, but not exactly the same as NASA's new Fusion/Spin-in paradigm.

In Spin-up, a technology that is needed on the Moon is identified as immature.
  • The next step is to examine that technology for potentially profitable terrestrial applications.
  • A business plan is created that allows the technology to be advanced in pursuit of those potentially profitable terrestrial applications
  • The goal is to put an advanced analog of the needed technology "on the shelf"
  • At the expense of Consumers, not Taxpayers. While consumers and taxpayers may largely overlap, in the one case they are willing, in the other case they have no choice.

A non-exclusive starter list:

  • Inexpensive space transportation systems to lower and minimize the transportation costs of people, supplies and capital equipment to the Moon.
    • Earth surface to Earth orbit
    • Earth orbit to Lunar surface
    • Earth orbit to Lunar orbit
    • Lunar orbit to Lunar surface
    • Auxiliary Landing systems
    • Lunar Launch systems
    • Mass drivers
    • Mass catchers
    • Lunar orbit nodes
  • Building materials that can be made on the Moon
    • Lunar Concrete (currently the most mature)
    • Glass (optical quality)
    • Glass fibers
    • Glass fiber/glass matrix composites
    • Ceramics
    • Cast Basalt
    • Alloys of the four engineering metals abundant on the Moon
      • Iron
      • Aluminum
      • Magnesium
      • Titanium
  • Modular architecture systems that use building materials made on the Moon
    • Habitat modules
    • activity modules
    • passageway modules
    • pressurized roadways
    • node connectors
    • Home garden modules
    • Quake resistant connection systems, bulkheads, sphincters, etc.
  • Modular Biospheric systems, with biosphere contributory systems tailored for each type of pressurized module
    • Graywater systems to pretreat toilet wastes
    • Living Wall systems - plants that do not take up valuable floor space
    • Separating wastes at source with separate drainage systems
    • Home garden systems
  • Power Generation Systems
    • Solar Photovoltaic
    • Solar Concentrator
    • Radioisotope Thermal Generators
    • Small nuclear systems
    • Locally produced fusion fuel based on fast breeder production of fissionable U-233 from abundant lunar Thorium-233
    • Fusion Pants fueled by abundant lunar Helium-3
  • Power Storage Systems - storing excess dayspan solar for use during nightspan
    • Fuel Cells
    • Potential energy gravity loops
    • Flywheels
    • Production of lunar fuels for generators
  • Dust control systems
    • airlocks & airlock approaches
    • space suits
    • vehicles and suspensions
  • Space Suit Systems
    • Improved Mobility
    • Ease of donning & doffing
    • Suits with turtle backs that dock with the Habitat, turtle shell back locking with a compatible concave airlock, opening together, to allow wearer to reach in and up to a bar above the airlock within the habitat so as to be able to pull him/herself out of the suit and into the habitat. The lock would close, the suit disengage and taken to storage on a dry cleaning motorized rack type system. The object is twofold: minimize air losses through airlock cycling and minimize import of dust into the habitat space.
    • Light suits for use in shielded but unpressurized warehouse and storage areas
    • Buppets: Pods for individuals with wearer actuated arms and legs or wheels
  • Lunar window systems employing a zigzag indirect pathway to allow views of the outside without exposing oneself to cosmic rays, as a much more satisfying visual system than the highest of high definition view screens
  • Sunshine access systems and light tube systems
  • Robotic systems linking several robots that act in team fashion to explore challenging areas such as lavatubes, rubble strewn crater floors, etc.
  • Lunar GPS systems - Lunar orbits are unstable, making this a challenge
  • and on and on and on

Please suggest additions to this list

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updated 04/15/2007