The sun, moon and item
To “make living and working on the moon” a reality, NASA is planning a manned mission to the moon to build runways using high-tech equipment.
By 2015 at the latest, the new manned Orion spaceship will be launched for the first time by a new Ares rocket. This Orion crew vehicle succeeds the space shuttle, which is still in use today, and in 2020 will be the first spaceship to take humans to the moon for more than 40 years.
MB Kit Systems, Inc., the US distributor for item Industrietechnik GmbH based in Solingen, Germany, is actively supporting the engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia on this promising concept.
Prototype from the item Building Kit System undergoes testing
Within 15 months, MB Kit Systems built and assembled several platforms averaging five (5) metres wide and two metres high. On the moon these will serve as a level surface for loads, equipment, oxygen and water tanks, as well as for the sleeping pods located outside the spacecraft. The first prototypes weighing 900 kilograms were tested intensively for two weeks last June in the sand dunes near Moses Lake in Washington State, USA.
This area was chosen from a list of 20 potential environments as the sand dunes provide conditions that are very similar to the surface of the moon for optimal testing.