Showing posts with label Lunar base. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lunar base. Show all posts

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Lunar mining colony by Jort van Welbergen

Picture of the Day 8/11/2020 - Lunar mining colony with several landing pads for SpaceX's Starships (pictured here in their 2017 design, then called Big Falcon Ship) by Dutch freelance movie and game concept designer Jort van Welbergen. More of his art here.

Lunar mining colony by Jort van Welbergen
Closeup of one of the Starship landing pads with Earth on the horizon:
SpaceX's Starship landing pad at Lunar colony by Jort van Welbergen

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Lunar colony in season 5 trailer of The Expanse

A few days ago the season 5 trailer for The Expanse was released - a political sci-fi series set a few centuries in the future, where humans have colonized the entire Solar system. Mars, one of three competing forces in the universe of The Expanse, was in the spotlight in season 4 of the show. It now seems it is the Moon's (Luna's) turn, which is under the jurisdiction of the United Nations (based on Earth) in the universe of The Expanse. There are several scenes depicting a Lunar colony (Lovell City) in the season 5 trailer:

Lunar colony (Lovell City) in season 5 trailer of The Expanse

Lunar colony (Lovell City, top view) in season 5 trailer of The Expanse
Cargo ship descending to the Moon:
Cargo lander landing on The Moon in season 5 trailer of The Expanse
There is only one scene set on Mars in the trailer:
Exploring Mars in season 5 trailer of The Expanse

Sunday, October 4, 2020

SpaceX Starship at NASA Artemis Base Camp by ICON

NASA has announced it is working with Texas-based 3D printed construction startup ICON "on early research and development of a space-based construction system that could support future exploration of the Moon and Mars. The company has 3D printed communities of homes and structures on Earth and participated in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, demonstrating a construction method and technologies that may be adaptable for applications beyond our home planet." Both NASA and US Air Force have invested in company's technologies via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract.

NASA is working, via its Artemis program, to establish a long-term human presence on and around the Moon by the end of the 2020s. Construction and expansion of Artemis Base Camp will require extensive use of lunar resources, including water ice (for life support and rocket fuel) and moon dirt (for building materials).

To accomplish goals of the SBIR contract ICON has teamed up with space design studio SEArch+ and Danish architecture firm BIG in Project Olympus to develop robotic construction concept for NASA's Artemis Base Camp. Here are several conceptual illustrations from the project.
First one depicts a spaceport featuring several 3D printed landing pads and roads, SpaceX's Starship in one of the pads and Blue Origin's Lunar lander with ICON's 3D printer landing in another:
SpaceX's Starship at NASA's Artemis Base Camp spaceport by ICON & SEArch+
Closeup of illustration's central part:
SpaceX's Starship at NASA's Artemis Base Camp spaceport by ICON & SEArch+ - closeup
Here are illustrations of 3D printed habitats:
Project Olympus concept by ICON & BIG for NASA's Artemis Base Camp - top view

Monday, September 30, 2019

Human colony on the Moon

Picture of the Day 30/9/2019 - Supplied by regular SpaceX's Starship flights, Moon Base Alpha has grown into a large human colony with dome-shaped habitat complexes in the center, surrounded in semi-circle by industrial area and solar array - a closeup from the Lunar colony render in Elon Musk's recent Starship update presentation.

Human colony on the Moon

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Erik van Helvoirt

Continuing our Lunar week, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing, here is an artwork of a hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Dutch concept artist Erik van Helvoirt. More of his art here.

Hydroponic greenhouse in Lunar colony by Erik van Helvoirt

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nazi Moon base by Darren Tan

Singaporean freelance illustrator Darren Tan visualizing the conspiracy theory of a secret Nazi base on the far side of the Moon.

This alternate history science fiction myth was somewhat started by Rocket Ship Galileo, a 1947 young adult novel by Robert Heinlein, which features three teenagers who travel to the Moon and discover a secret Nazi base. Since then the "secret Nazi Moon base" cultural myth has been used in fiction frequently, including The Man in the High Castle novel (1962) by Philip K. Dick (and its recent TV series adaptation), Iron Sky movie (2012) and Wolfenstein: The New Order video game (2014). We should remember that Von Braun's V-2 rocket was the first man made object reaching outer space in June, 1944, and it was the base for both US and Soviet space programs. So the myth had some logical grounds.

Nazi Moon base by Darren Tan

Monday, June 3, 2019

SpaceX Starship at Moon Base Alpha by Sam Taylor

Picture of the Day 3/6/2019 - Poster of a dozen starmen (with white&black suits) & starwomen (with white&pink suits) working around SpaceX's Starship at Moon Base Alpha by digital artist Sam Taylor. More of his art here.

Poster of SpaceX Starship at Moon Base Alpha by Sam Taylor

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Unloading cargo from SpaceX BFR spaceship on the Moon

Picture of the Day 22/4/2018 - Unloading cargo from SpaceX BFR spaceship (BFS) on the Moon; fan vision by Reddit user brickmack (Mack Crawford).
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Unloading cargo from SpaceX BFR spaceship at Moon Base Alpha

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Moon Base Alpha by Jon Hrubesch

Picture of the Day 8/11/2017 - Moon Base Alpha by digital painter Jon Hrubesch. More of his sci-fi art here.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

SpaceX Moon Base Alpha

Picture of the Day 28/10/2017 - human base on the Moon, featuring a group of habitats covered with a layer of lunar regolith and a skybridge for easy access to landed SpaceX's BFR spaceships (BFS) - a closeup from official Moon Base Alpha concept image by SpaceX.

SpaceX Moon Base Alpha