NOTE: Yesterday, 2020.06.07, I just found out about Project Horizon, by Von Braun, which basically is Lullabi, but back in 1959, therefore, what is presented here, has been already addressed back then. I don’t have access to that project files in order to compare, but it seems that Project Horizon has too many common items with Lullabi. Big difference seems to be that Project Horizon uses cylindrical metal tanks while Lullabi uses rectangular prisms (containers).
Lullabi is, as for now, just an idea. It is released under the Creative Commons License, therefore anyone can use it, improve, evolve it, throw it away, or whatever. There is even a possibility to share the developement, giving ideas.
The goal behind Lullabi is to deploy a temporary/permanent base on a celestial body where no atmosphere is present, and where gravity is lower than Earth’s gravity. One of the premises to develop this system was to take advantage of proven existing technology and ideas, thus improving the design-production-deployment process and trying to lower the cost as much as possible while still keeping safety as an undeniable priority.
LULLABI stands for LUnar Landing and Linking Automated Base Integration. The goal, as the name itself states, is to develop an automatic system that is capable of deploying an on-body scientific base. LULLABI uses elements that are well known already and, with some tweaks, can be Reused or Recycled to serve as modules for a space base.
LULLABI is aimed at low gravity celestial bodies like the Moon. It is clear that evolving the system would make it suitable for higher gravity bodies, though this is not the purpose at the moment. On the other hand, travelling to higher gravity bodies involves a bigger effort, both in energy production-consumption to take the team and equipment, as well as a redesign of the vessel to carry out such task.
Therefore, though the scope of LULLABI could be broader, it has been shortened in order to make it achievable and to serve as a starting point as well as a “case of study”.
One of the goals of LULLABI is to Reuse as much technology, devices, know-how, without needing to reinvent the wheel again and again, adapting existing blocks and arranging them into a not so complicated puzzle.
In some places on earth there is a need for not so expensive housing , and applying the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle process, architects and managers have come already to a simple solution, Module Houses. There are already different development on this topic, from wood to concrete, new materials, standard modules, automated building, and so on. LULLABI focuses also on a system that is easy to carry and where the technology to carry the modules already exists. Therefore, LULLABI looks at shipping containers that nowadays travel across the globe carrying all kinds of goods.
There is already a trend in house deployment that uses standard containers as modules to build houses, apartment blocks, schools and the like. With some tweaks, those standard containers serve as basic modules on which evolve these housing systems.