Lunar Habitation Module and Lunar Rover Project Update
The frame for the Lunar Habitation Module (LHM) has arrived and is now in the garage of Clifford Hall. It is 12 feet wide and 40 feet long. The LHM will have accommodations for four crew members, a kitchen, a bathroom, a lab for biological and rock samples, an indoor green house and an air lock which will connect with the Lunar Rover (LR) (which is now in the garage of Ryan Hall). The LHM has a docking module that will connect with the LR and the LR will have a port which will connect with the NDX-2, a prototype space suit to be worn on the surface of the Moon. The three part project is funded by a NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice with Pablo de Leon as P.I. Students from Space Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at UND are working on the project. Departments at NDSU, Dickinson State University and North Dakota College of Science are also involved. The LHM, the LR and the ND-2 will be tested in the Badlands of North Dakota in the spring of 2013.