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Architectural Design Principles for Extra-Terrestrial Habitats

Porter, Scott J.

Future space missions are expected to increase both in their duration and crew population, therefore further advancement in the design understanding of internal and external systems of space habitats is critical. To combat the detrimental effects of long-duration space flights and habitation within enclosed, isolated and confined environments, it is vital that space accommodation is designed to provide a high quality environment which supports the crew both physiologically and psychologically. This research project therefore studies the architectural principles which relate to habitability and their associated design parameters in relation to a proposed concept habitat design on the Moon and Mars. It proposes that there is a requirement for spatial planning guidance and regulations which will assist multi-disciplinary design teams in developing high quality living and working environments for astronauts \cite{Harrison:2010}. It is also postulated that in order to assist with the application of these widely varying parameters into the initial conceptual design process, there would be a great benefit in the publication of an architectural design manual for extra-terrestrial habitats.

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