Moonbase Module:
The Landing Pad

The Landing Pad
(a Moonbase Module)

This is a moonbase module compatible with the Moonbase Project (the project's main page used to be somewhere on this site).

The primary function of this moonbase is to provide a landing platform and loading/unloading facilities for people and cargo. It has two motorized elevators and one motorized door. It is remotely controlled by a prototype RC module from HiTechnic.

I built this moonbase for TexLUG's spring 2003 meeting. We decided to do a space themed layout, and use moonbase modules. Pictures and details of other moonbases can be found here.

This was my first real Space creation in about 15 years. The Space theme (what we consider "Classic Space" now) was my original favorite theme. I don't have the passion for it that I once did, but I sure had fun building this moonbase! I made it more fun for myself by adding in the motorized features and making them remote controlled.

The TexLUG crew combined 9 moonbase modules built by 8 different people. The modules connected together effortlessly (not one flaw!), thus demonstrating the beauty of the moonbase module building standards.

The Lifts

Two motorized elevators provide lifting services to the upper sections of the moonbase. These are remotely controlled.

The main lift connects the top platform with the roof of the facilities below. The small lift, roughly in the center of the building, goes from roof level to the floor (baseplate) below.

Main Door

The gray "cube" at one corner of the base splits open. This is the main doorway to the facilities at baseplate level. This will allow small vehicles and personnel accesss to the base.

The door is acutally two separate panels (one with roof attached), each powered by a separate motor. Both motors are connected to the same output channel on the R/C reciever.

More Details

Three corridor connections are provided with this facility. Each connection employs a "force field" airlock (read more) so that it can be connected to any other corridor, regardless of being open to the atmosphere or not.

The control center for the landing pad was kept low profile to increase visiblilty and clear flight space around the pad. The pad is an old-style (classic space) landing pad. The plate is supported by a truss frame around the perimeter, and also diagonally, underneath the plate.

The entire landing pad structure sits atop four truss legs that are braced with an X pattern of cables. The top structure is very flexible, and can move around a bit. However, it is relatively strong and can support a fair bit of weight.

The gray roof of the facility is a lid that can be picked up to gain access to the base floor of the facility. Or, if you're a minifig, just use the lift! This lower floor is meant to be open to the atmosphere.

Little Craft

A landing pad cannot be complete without something to use it! I build three sleek-looking speeders and two mini single-seat craft. They will all fit on the pad at once, but it looks like a crammed used-craft lot! (if only they had space suits in plaid... ;-)

The speeders are nearly idendical, except for the colors. The engines are a bit different for one. You'll notice quite a few more boosters- this is the "supercharged" option :-)

Thomas J. Avery 2003