Prospective Energy and Material Resources

  • Viorel Badescu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-34
  2. Jennifer Edmunson, Douglas L. Rickman
    Pages 1-21
  3. Junichi Haruyama, Tomokatsu Morota, Shingo Kobayashi, Shujiro Sawai, Paul G. Lucey, Motomaro Shirao et al.
    Pages 139-163
  4. Carsten Schwandt, James A. Hamilton, Derek J. Fray, Ian A. Crawford
    Pages 165-187
  5. Yang Li, Xiongyao Li, Shijie Wang, Hong Tang, Hong Gan, Shijie Li et al.
    Pages 189-200
  6. Eric J. Faierson, Kathryn V. Logan
    Pages 201-234
  7. Alex Ignatiev, Alexandre Freundlich
    Pages 325-334
  8. Xiongyao Li, Wen Yu, Shijie Wang, Shijie Li, Hong Tang, Yang Li et al.
    Pages 347-365
  9. S. Haeuplik-Meusburger, K. Ozdemir
    Pages 469-502
  10. Virgiliu Pop
    Pages 553-564
  11. Magnus Larsson, Alex Kaiser
    Pages 661-702
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 0--1

About this book


The Earth has limited material and energy resources. Further development of the humanity will require going beyond our planet for mining and use of extraterrestrial mineral resources and search of power sources. The exploitation of the natural resources of the Moon is a first natural step on this direction. Lunar materials may contribute to the betterment of conditions of people on Earth but they also may be used to establish permanent settlements on the Moon. This will allow developing new technologies, systems and flight operation techniques to continue space exploration.


In fact, a new branch of human civilization could be established permanently on Moon in the next century. But, meantime, an inventory and proper social assessment of Moon’s prospective energy and material resources is required. This book investigates the possibilities and limitations of various systems supplying manned bases on Moon with energy and other vital resources. The book collects together recent proposals and innovative options and solutions. It is a useful source of condensed information for specialists involved in current and impending Moon-related activities and a good starting point for young researchers.


Energy Resources Material resources Moon

Editors and affiliations

  • Viorel Badescu
    • 1
  1. 1., Candida Oancea InstitutePolytechnic University of BucharestBucharestRomania

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-27968-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-27969-0
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