Faculty Advisor

Kazantzis, Nikolaos K.


The purpose of this paper was to identify the salient features of a sustainable lunar resources development mission and the consequences for such a mission on Earth. To accomplish this purpose, the existing literature on energy, transportation, site selection, mining, construction, life support systems, and self replicating systems as it related to the moon, was researched. The result was a proposal for a mission to the moon that involves the use of autonomous, robotic, self-replicating "seed" factory that grows over the lunar surface using local resources, and generates lunar industrial capabilities and energy for human civilization.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering