Expansion Node


Expansion Node


The node will join modules. Some requirements are;

-opening that allows two above average sized people to walk abreast through it
-four openings on the horizontal, each at 90 degress to adjacent
-redundant conduits for; air, water, coolant, ac power, dc power
-level secure footing on floor
-optional skylight
-default sealed
-automatic, emergency, manual opening
-normal operations with interior at office conditions and exterior at full range of lunar conditions
-no dust ingress
-able to maintain operations with internal conditions in range of T,P,Humidity
-self powered for lighting of x days and y openings
-sensors and display at each door that gives conditions on each side
-guidance for joining node to mate up
-non-proprietary or easily releaseable
-rf interface with relay
-redundant, hardened central control system with I/F to monitoring station on Earth
-readily serviced and parts replaced by humans wearing spacesuits and given all internal/external condition combo’s
-normal low power consumption
-power saving condition (eg no lights or air quality
-transportable by common carrier
-withstand shook of landing
-able to move laterally, rotate and move vertically
-support interior transit of xyz kg moving up to 5km/hr
-withstand impact of object of xyz kg moving up to 5km/hr
-easily cleaned (of lunar dust)


  1. International Docking Standards
  2. Space Station Program Node 3 to Habitation Module Interface Control Document, Part 1 SSP 50309, agenzia spaziale italiana, 1999 May 18.