NOTE2: Self sufficiency will be defined as the ability to manufacture on site all the equipment which is required for the base to operate indefinitely.
I think that it will be easiest to start with one smaller thing and work backwards from that.
As such, our first topic of discussion will be Housing. To elaborate, how will we construct air tight buildings in which we can house colonists.
We have the following sub-topics to discuss:
- Structure: What the thing is actually made of.
Sealing: How do we make it air tight.
Air-Locks: Getting in & out
- Doors: Has to withstand the pressure yet be easily opened/ closed
Sealing: The doors need to form some type of seal that is tolerant of wildly differing pressures and temperatures.
Pumping: Has to keep the airs from mixing.
Control: computerized or some clever mechanical system, we need to ensure that only one door is open at a time.
- Piping: shutoff valves are also probably important.
Wiring: Get those electrons moving!
Sewage/toilets: Can't exactly go outside to use the latrine.
Bedding: Well they aren't sleeping on the floor!
Feel free to suggest more sub-problems that we can break this down into.
Initially, I think that the structure should be some type of brick barrel vault covered in regolith to keep it under compression and for sealing we can just humidify the air and as it seeps into the walls and freezes it will form an airtight seal.
Well I am going to sleep but I cannot wait to see your thoughtful replies when I wake up!