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This fascinating 1959 report from the U.S. Army describes an unapproved plan for building a large manned military base on the moon in the 1960s. The document - in two volumes - provides many details of the plan, including launch and rocket plans and information about the base, life support, moon suits, and much more. Contents: CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION * CHAPTER II: TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND PLANS * Objectives and Scope of the Study * Resume of the Technical Program * Outpost * Space Transportation System * Transportation System Integration * Communications Electronics * Launch Site * Program Logistics * Research and Development * CHAPTER III: MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS * Scope of Operations * Organization and Operational Concepts * CHAPTER IV: NON-TECHNICAL SUPPORTING CONSIDERATIONS * General * Policy * Political, Psychological, and Security Implications * APPENDIX A: POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES WITH RESPECT TO ACTIVITIES IN SPACE * Statements by the President of the United States * Policy Declarations by the Congress * APPENDIX B: LEGAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS * General * Possible Precedents * The Law of Space * Political Implications * Specific Problems * APPENDIX C: TECHNICAL SERVICES SUPPORT CAPABILITIES * Resources and Capabilities * Ordnance * Engineer * Signal * Army Medical Service * Quartermaster * Transportation * Chemical * Conclusions * * CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION * CHAPTER II: OUTPOST * Location * Design Criteria * Construction Procedure and Schedule * Medical Requirements * Personal Equipment * Life Essentials Supplies * Surface Transportation * Environmental Research and Support Activities * CHAPTER III: SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM * Flight Mechanics * Orbital Carrier and Space Vehicles * Transportation System Integration * CHAPTER IV: COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS * Introduction * Communications Requirements * Surveillance Requirements * CHAPTER V: LAUNCH SITE * Requirement * General Criteria for Launch Site Selection * Launch Site Operations * Launch Facilities * Possible Equatorial Launch Sites * Christmas Island Versus Brazil * CHAPTER VI: PROGRAM LOGISTICS * Manufacturing Considerations * Transportation Considerations * Movement Control * Personnel and Administration * Operations and Training * CHAPTER VII: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT * Project Phases * Basic and Supporting Research * Program Requirements, R&D * R&D, Supporting Research, Project HORIZON * Supporting Role of Other U.S. Programs * CHAPTER VIII: PROGRAM COST AND SCHEDULE * Outpost Cost * Orbital Station * Vehicles * Payload Containers * Launch Site and Operation * Communications and Electronics System * Personnel Training * Research and Development * Program Management
The introduction states: There is a requirement for a manned military outpost on the moon. The lunar outpost is required to develop and protect potential United States interests on the moon; to develop techniques in moon-based surveillance of the earth and space, in communications relay, and in operations on the surface of the moon; to serve as a base for exploration of the moon, for further exploration into space and for military operations on the moon if required; and to support scientific investigations on the moon. Initially the outpost will be of sufficient size and contain sufficient equipment to permit the survival and moderate constructive activity of a minimum number of personnel (about 10-20) on a sustained basis. It must be designed for expansion of facilities, resupply, and rotation of personnel to insure maximum extension of sustained occupancy. It should be designed to be self-sufficient for as long as possible without outside support.
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