The Lunar Habitat: Remnant
For the first time ever, details on the lunar habitat Remnant are being unveiled
For Immediate Release
(July 19, 2019 – Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, details of a compact lunar habitat are being introduced, for the first time, this week. Named after the remains of a supernova explosion, Remnant is a self-sustainable lunar habitat designed to further human exploration into deep space. Remnant is being developed by Instarz, LLC— a space company based in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and founded in 2018.
The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), along with other space agencies and private companies, seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon. For this reason, Instarz is developing Remnant. This lunar surface habitat, scheduled to launch during the late 2020s, is an innovative solution to long-term human space inhabitancy. The self-assembled, expandable habitat, which can fit in a five-meter commercial launch vehicle, can support a maximum crew of eight astronauts for mission durations of up to twelve months. Some of the cutting-edge technologies Remnant aims to incorporate are: fully closed-loop life support systems, meaning its inhabitants will be able to survive without the need for external provisions; protection against the harsh lunar environment; and the use of renewable energy sources to power the onboard systems.
The lunar habitat will further scientific research— including the adaptability of the human body in hostile and low-gravity environments. The Moon contains valuable resources, such as water ice; therefore, establishing a lunar base is beneficial since these resources can be extracted and utilized for human consumption and production of rocket fuel. Additionally, crewed trips into deep space involve high technical risks; these can be minimized by testing and validating technologies on the lunar surface. This enables Remnant to become the foundation for future Mars exploration missions.
Current development cost estimates for the habitat are projected to be less than one billion dollars. In order to lower costs, Instarz is located in Puerto Rico due to the island’s high incentives and low tax rates for Research and Development (R&D) and manufacturing. The location also provides local students from prestigious universities the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the creation of this habitat through multidisciplinary teams; more than a hundred undergraduate and graduate students have contributed to the development of the project. Furthermore, for the betterment of the project, Instarz counts with a board of advisors consisting of a combined one hundred years of experience in the space industry.
Presently, the project is on its seed funding stage, which is why Instarz is looking for investors to finance their first scale prototype and begin their technology development stage. To appreciate a physical projection of Remnant, an Augmented Reality (AR) model is available on https://www.instarztech.com/remnant.