The structure is subdivided into smaller modules and sent up to LEO with multiple launches to be assembled in orbit. This method eliminates the effects of lunar dust, radiation and possible long distance operational challenges. Earth manufacturing with an abundance of launch opportunities allows rapid deployments. Orbital assembly remains the only reliable and proven ‘space construction’ methodology to this day.
Upon landing on a pre-designated landing site, the landing zone secures itself and deploys it’s supporting structure. Once fully deployed, autonomous precision landings can be conducted immediately. Accessibility to a rigid, dust free and even surface ensures reliable operations. Many equipment on the spacecraft that are necessary for regolith landing can be removed, thus saving valuable mass and space for additional payloads.
From small scale robotic missions to large scale cargo missions; the landing platform can be scaled and reconfigured to accommodate the needs of the contractor. The prime drive determining the size of the landing would determined by the net pounds of thrust given by the spacecraft.
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Upon conducting landing/refueling operations, the landing platform can be relocated by using its on-board thrusters to reach LLO. By eliminating the need and challenges of permanent constructions, the price per launch will be reduced accordingly. This would highly increase prospecting and cargo delivery possibilities unlike any fixed landing infrastructures.