One of my colleagues in the British Interplanetary Society has just submitted a couple of papers to our Journal that describe a new approach to building a Moon base using solar energy and local materials by remote operation from Earth. The technique is based on mature technology from the nuclear industry but applies it in new ways and further details are set out below. We are sufficiently confident that we are keen to do some experimental work to prove the various ideas, culminating in constructing a prototype base here on Earth. A desert area would be best and we thought a suitable site might be on your space port in Arizona. You are well know for your interest in space technology so, if you would like to hear more, please let me know!
The most widely available lunar resources are the local regolith and power from sunlight. New vitrification methods are proposed for making dust free chambers strong enough to support atmospheric pressure. Cast in situ the underground structures require minimal excavation and should enable remote operation from Earth. Using this technique, there is a possibility of establishing long term bases/settlements on the Moon, Mars, Mercury. There are two basic obstacles to such settlements: gravity and radiation, and solutions to both problems are offered utilizing subsurface structures. The structures could house large settlements of humans in comfort and safety in conditions similar to those envisioned with space based habitats. Such settlements offer protection to their inhabitants from radiation events or asteroid strikes that could destroy an Earth-based civilization. Power required is half that for cement production.