Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The goal of this report was to assess the technical feasibility and social implications of harvesting gases at altitudes in or above the stratosphere for use on a manned lunar base. Through research and calculation, we analyzed the requirements of collection, separation, compression, and delivery of the gases to Low Earth Orbit. This analysis has found harvesting the atmosphere to not be a promising option given current technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies