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The Indian Space Agency Plans To Use 3D Printing On The Moon As An Outpost For The Igloo
Feb 27, 2018

The Indian space research organization (ISRO) is reportedly exploring the possibility of creating a 3D printed lunar habitat on the moon.The space agency, along with NASA, the European space agency (ESA) and Russia, took part in the race to settle the earth's only permanent natural satellite.


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The idea of settling on the moon is attractive to humans, but the idea has been transformed from a complete science fiction into a potentially viable one in recent years.Much of this is due to new technologies, including 3D printing, which are making us closer to building and building on the moon's surface.

According to ISRO, it plans to build similar igloo buildings on the lunar surface in the near future, and plans to use 3D printers and robots to build habitats using materials from the moon.

So far, the Indian space agency has built a lunar habitat model using 3D printing, which is being evaluated in its lunar terrain testing facility.ISRO is said to have proposed five potential designs for the lunar structure, which will be tested.

"We plan to use the moon as an outpost," Mr. Anadurai, the director of the ISRO satellite center, told The Times."In the long run, the space station is likely to be cancelled.Many countries, including the United States, are considering building more permanent structures on the moon and building them there.When that happens, we want India to contribute."

To prepare for the moon, ISRO scientists have developed materials that are very similar to the lunar soil.Currently, the agency says it has about 60 tons of lunar simulators that match the moon's actual soil by about 99.6 percent.

Of course, the material will be a key part of building a robust structure that will keep astronauts safe when lunar settlements are established.In the United States, researchers at northwestern university have shown the ability to create 3D printing structures made from the moon and Mars analogue.On the German pond, esa researchers are using a similar technique to simulate the moon's bricks using concentrated sunlight 3D printing.