The ESA wants to form a 3D printed settlement on the lunar surface. This is quite a lofty goal and one that will take more than just simple effort.
The ESA has been playing around with the idea of a base on the moon. And – believe it or not – it wants to employ 3D printing to complete this gargantuan task.
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The construction of this work of creation will be quite elaborate and complex. Up until now, it is just a lot of lines and angles on paper. But one fine day it will get built.
The ESA evinces the fact that it is damn serious about the whole thing. This is not just a pipe dream or wild goose chase it is participating in.
By the year 2030, that is a decade and a half from now, such a 3D printed lunar base will be ready, according to 3DPrint.com. A two-day symposium called "Moon 2020-2030 – A New Era of Coordinated Human and Robotic Exploration," was held recently.
European Space Agency (ESA) hosted this symposium on December 15 at the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, Netherlands. Over 200 scientists and space officials from 28 countries were present at the symposium.
The missions that are planned for the future were thoroughly discussed. These included a moon mission which will settle humans on its surface. It’s the first time such an idea has even been brought into consideration.
The missions will begin their forays to the lunar landscape in 2020. Over 200 researchers and space staff from about 28 nations met to discuss this important topic at the symposium.
The ESA has termed the venture a comeback to the moon. Robotic stations will be set up on the moon. The robots will communicate with the staff back on earth. After some time, the level of advancement will be enough to allow human beings to live on the moon.
This colonization of the moon will be a halfway house to the human settlement of the Red Planet. Mars is the final goal for the foreseeable future.
"This conference seemed to accept that it was a new way of doing exploration," U.S. astronomer Dan Lester, a consultant and telerobotics specialist, told Space.com.
"Not analog operations at a moonlike sites, which can be hugely expensive just for travel, but analog operations where geologists use a real rover robot, perhaps just in a rock yard, with vision, dexterity/haptics and low latency control to do real-time field geology," Lester said.
The members of the symposium agreed on one thing and that was that extraordinary cooperation was necessary for the plan to be a success. Nations, agencies and firms would have to combine their resources to accomplish the impossible.
The moon is the #1 priority of the ESA for a human settlement. A moon village is a very exciting idea. It is almost like beginning all over again.
Humanity will be getting fresh land to serve as a starting point for its future progeny. The ESA needs NASA as a partner to make this dream come true.
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And while it may all seem so much hooey and science fiction right now, as the saying goes: all great ideas were pooh-poohed in their time until they caught on and became the hallmark of their age.