Lunar and Martian Excavation and Construction Webinar

09/28/2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 â€śEngineering and Construction in the Moon” lecture series

The online lectures will cover the state-of-the-art in three areas: Lunar habitats (architecture, design and analysis considerations, and construction challenges in the context of unique environmental constraints); Lunar regolith (simulant development, in-situ resource utilization); and Robotics (excavation and drilling techniques). Funding for the lecture series is provided by NASA under the MUREP Advancing Regolith-Related Technologies and Education (MARRTE) grant. Faculty and graduate students with research interests that align with the topics covered in these webinars are encouraged to contact Dr. Douglas Cortes ( at NMSU and/or Dr. Julio Valdes ( at SDSU to inquire about opportunities for collaboration in upcoming related NASA solicitations. Details on our first webinar follow.


TopicLunar and Martian Excavation and Construction

This seminar provides an introduction to the challenges presented by lunar and Martian environments to excavation and construction projects.  An historical perspective, as well as a future vision, of digging and building on the Moon and Mars is provided.  High level mission planning considerations are addressed.  The dramatic differences between Mars and the Moon affect many aspects of construction and excavation.  Extraterrestrial environmental factors critical to surface operation are outlined, and selected issues are reviewed.   The potential use of in-situ material for construction is introduced.  Finally, the impact of legal and planetary protection issues will be discussed.  There will be ample time for questions and discussion.


SpeakerDr. Peter Carrato, P.E., S.E., CEng

Pete Carrato is a Fellow Emeritus of the Bechtel Corporation.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, and a Doctorate from Duke University where he majored in Civil Engineering and minored in Mathematics.  Dr. Carrato is a registered Professional Engineer in the commonwealth of Virginia, a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of Illinois, and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers in England.  Pete is actively engaged in the application of technology in engineering and construction industry.  He was the head judge for the four-year long NASA Mars Habitat Centennial Challenge. The team that delivered this competition was awarded the NASA Silver Achievement Medal.  Dr. Carrato is currently engaged with the Centennial Challenge Program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in developing the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge. 


Date & Time:   Monday September 28, 4PM – 5PM (NMSU) / 3PM-4PM (SDSU)


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