There may be many benefits to boring holes and filling them with inflatable structures. To make this style of space architecture feasible we need a boring machine that can be realistically transported, maintained, and operated in space environments.
I'm proposing that we:
- Explore which elements of a boring machine require high mass for it to operate well
- Explore which of those high mass parts can be replaced by a frame that can be filled with in situ materials such as regolith
- Explore ways to make the machine easy to maintain and operate