What will People Carry on the Moon?
The Moon is a dangerous place. All people on the Moon will have to carry with them a few things to support their well being.
In our stories, a Personal an electronic device resembling a cell phone that functions as:
- A cell phone
- Calculator with professional software
- Health and environment monitor
- Vocal computer interface, as most keyboards are gone
- A really big memory stick
- A Camera
- A Personal Assistance and scheduler
- A home for your Avatar (See Types of Robots)
- (your idea here)
- and any thing else you can think up.
The functions of your Personal are a personal statement of who you are.
The interface with the Personal is by voice. Most people have an avatar appear on the Personal's small screen and converse with it. Usually the avatar appears as a person but can be a pet or even a dinosaur. The Personal's power is limited but it normally interacts with a base computer system which gives it enough power to support an artificial intelligence for the avatar.
When you are outside, your Personal plugs into your spacesuit. It provides a number of functions supporting the suit and providing emergency communications.
When you are inside, the Personal can be carried in your backpack, in a pocket, in a purse, or in a shoulder holster James Bond style.
A backpack with an emergency spacesuit
When not outside in a full environmental suit, everybody carries a back pack containing an emergency space suit. It is made from all soft materials and folds up compactly. It can be entered quickly, but only contains enough air to last only a few minutes. The extra weight of the pack actually helps people walk in the Moon's low gravity.
The backpack also has room for personal items and a special pocket for your Personal.
To stop excessive bone and muscle lose in the Moon's low gravity, each person will have to take calcium supplements and exercise for and hour or more each day. Everybody's lives on the Moon will be organized around work and exercise. The more important it is to a person to return to Earth, the more strenuous and long their exercise program has to be. The miners do the least. Astronauts do the most.
In our stories, there is a special exercise hall in the shape of an oval track with exercise machines along the inner wall. Lunar enthuses on Earth help out by organizing and taking part in games and tournaments.
Eating and sleeping within a centrifuge sized to accomodate living quarters could provide most of the exercise that people need without requiring much extra time from their schedules. Since much power per person will be required to provide air food and water, the additional power to keep a centrifuge running is unlikely to make the difference between an economic and a noneconomic settlement.
--Farred 15:44, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
To provide people with one g acceleration by cetrifuge on Luna, there needs to be about 99% of a g radially outward added to the existing one sixth g. If the centrifuge rotates at a reasonable angular velocity of 2 revolutions per minute, the radius must be 220 meters. To avoid providing a room for the centrifuge with an open space (no pillars) of 440 meters in diameter, the hub of the centrifuge is left out and the living quarters are built in a section of a cylinder between 220 meters and 210 meters in radius and between 0 and 15 meters in height. The centrifuge would run constatly except when maintenance requires a shut down. Access to the living quarters would be not by elevator, but by rotavator. People would approach the rotavator on their way home after work, moving through the nonrotating corridors of the lunar base. They would enter the rotavator through a door and start it moving along its circular track just above the centrifuged living quarters. When the rotavator is matched in velocity with the proper portion of the livingquarters, people would enter the living quarters through a door. The transition from one sixth g vertical to one g radial would be smoothly accommodated by the floor of the rotavator compartment swinging from downwrd to radially outward.
--Farred 17:40, 25 April 2008 (UTC)