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Research Brown Bag Series: Designing a lunar landing pad

October 21, 2020 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


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To ensure the sustainability of a permanent Lunar outpost, the design and construction of Lunar landing and launch pads rank as one of the highest-priority elements of strategic infrastructure to be constructed on the surface of the Moon. SEArch+ LLC’s research and design investigations demonstrate not only the criticality of developing 3D printing technologies enabling horizontal and planar construction of Lunar landing pads, but also indicate that additional research is necessary to develop holistic solutions which mitigate high-velocity dust impacts for a variety of lander types and Lunar outpost configurations.


Professor and Industrial Designer, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is a co-founding partner in SEArch+ LLC (Space Exploration Architecture) and founder of Interwoven Design Group, LLC. A pioneering researcher in space architecture, wearable technology, smart materials and design methodologies, Rebeccah contributed to numerous publications and has lectured globally. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, released in 2016 by Laurence King Publishers, London and is currently working with a team contributing to NASA’s Artemis program, that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

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