MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon

MIT media lab unveils self-assembling lunar habitat

 

Momo, a collaborative project by MIT’s Department of Architecture, AeroAstro, and the MIT Media Lab, aims to create a self-assembling lunar habitat. The habitat’s driving design objectives are twofold: first, to maximize the efficiency of flat-packing the habitats into Starship HLS cargo space, and second, to ensure modularity. Each module is constructed from an aluminum frame and a high-density polyethylene membrane to protect against radiation. These modules contain storage space and can be customized depending on their function—serving as an airlock, a window, a PV panel, a work desk, or an exercise module. Additionally, they are replaceable in case of a breach, allowing astronauts to swap a module instead of replacing the entire extraterrestrial habitat.

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
all images courtesy of MIT Media Lab

 

 

Momo’s design aims to support future lunar settlements

 

The endeavor by MIT students, who gained insights from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, private companies like SpaceX, and research institutions such as Brookhaven National Lab, underscores the comprehensive approach required to realize the Momo habitat. As the project progresses through key milestones, from initial requirements to full operational readiness, it will continue to incorporate advanced technologies and rigorous testing to mitigate risks and ensure mission success. The Momo habitat is targeted to support the Artemis III mission and eventually pave the way for sustained human exploration and utilization of the Moon.

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
Momo is a self-assembling lunar habitat developed by three MIT departments

 

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
the design of Momo prioritizes efficient flat-packing into Starship HLS cargo space

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
Momo’s modularity allows for versatile functionality and easy replacement of damaged modules

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each module features an aluminum frame and high-density polyethylene membrane

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
modules can be customized as airlocks, windows, PV panels, work desks, or exercise areas

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
the habitat integrates innovative solutions for efficient space utilization and safety

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Momo’s design aims to support the Artemis III mission and future lunar settlements

MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon
MIT’s modular momo habitat self-assembles on the moon

 

 

project info:

 

name: Momo: a Self-Assembling Lunar Habitat

designer: MIT Media Lab | @mitmedialab
design team: Mateo Fernandez, xdd44, Kevin Dunnell, Adam Boldi, Katie Chun, Alfonso Parra Rubio

 

 

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