Inside the habitat, along the outer walls in the lower gravity range, are shelves that are used for growing varied crops, positioned where light can easily get to them. In the center of the habitat Skelton envisions green space, including parks with plants and rivers running through it, bringing some of the loved features from Earth, including 10,000 trees and lakes. The finished habitat at 225 meters would include five residence floors housing people, offices, shops and work spaces.

The initial orbit Skelton has chosen for the habitat is called a “lunar resonance” orbit. It’s a stable orbit that goes from the Earth to the moon and back again in a somewhat figure eight pattern. In the orbit, the habitat would visit the Earth and the moon once every 10 days. While near the moon, the inhabitants could be doing operations such as mining the moon and other commercial chores. When orbiting near the Earth, the proximity makes it easier to get resupplies to the habitat.

As the project wraps up, Skelton believes that the space habitat is the next step in building our space program, answering the question of how we safely, and perhaps permanently, occupy space for extended periods of time.

Team members that contributed to the project include Drs. Manoranjan Majji, Raktim Bhattacharya and Bonnie J. Dunbar from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M, as well as Anthony Longman from Skyframe Research and Joel Sercel from Transastra, Inc.