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Rival to Foster's moon base revealed

A group of designers and architects with an interest in high-tech space architecture has unveiled a rival to Foster & Partners’ self-building moon base

The group, named SpaceArchitect, claim its SinterHab lunar base would be lighter and technically more sophisticated than Foster’s European Space Agency-backed scheme which it described as a ‘more bulky concept’.

The SinterHab modules would also be constructed from moon dust using a 3-D printing method, but unlike the Foster scheme which has a mobile 3D printer that sprays glue onto lunar soil, the rival scheme will use microwaves to fuse the moon dust into a solid building material similar to ceramics, without the need of binding solution.

SpaceArchitect is the working arm of the Space Architects Technical Committee (SATC) which comes under the umbrella of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Project SinterHab was initiated in 2009 at the International Space University by space architects Tomas Rousek, Katarina Eriksson and Ondrej Doule in collaboration with Richard Rieber from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

As well as members of the AIAA, NASA and the ESA, the Space Architects Technical Committee includes a loose affiliation of designers and architects with an interest in working in space and other remote and hostile environments including Future Systems co-founder David Nixon and Halley Research Station designer Hugh Broughton.

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