Well, being that the Moon Ball is already past us and I my inbox hasn’t lit up, I imagine I didn’t win anything and it’s safe to submit my concept of “Fort Rille” to the world. What is it, exactly? It’s a concept for a future lunar settlement (year 2069, 100 years after Apollo 11,) that I entered in ShiftBoston’s Moon Capital Competition.
I don’t think the concept was far-out enough to please the judges, frankly. (-And I have my suspicions that, not being a graphic designer, my artwork may have held me back as well…) However, I do think this is exactly what our first settlements will look like. Much like the Old West and turn-of-the-20th-Century exploration expeditions after which my concept was modeled, life will be rough, exciting, fulfilling, and a little dangerous.
Highlights include hybrid solar and betavoltaic battery power systems, Earth-telecommuter-controlled robots and roving lifeboats to help out, sunglasses to protect against high-intensity glare, and ubiquitous polymer-based duster-style jackets for weight, warmth, and radiation protection.
The contest designers wanted something a little less practical, I imagine. I just couldn’t stop myself from creating what I think we’ll actually see in another 50 years. (And yes, you might note that the “fort” isn’t military, and the more lunar-savvy amongst you might also object that while the settlement is called “rille,” it isn’t on a rille – it’s in a crater. But that wasn’t the point. I just thought the name captured the right feel of the place.)
Go ahead and take a look. If you’d like, let me know what you think.
I may be projecting, but I imagine some pretty cool science and blues would (will?) come out of a place like this. Which, of course, naturally go hand-in-hand.