BuroHappold to engineer the first ‘Lunar Link’
International engineering consultancy, BuroHappold Engineering, announces the expansion of its specialist services to include interspatial engineering
BuroHappold has created the new specialist consulting team after the practice was approached to develop concepts for a proposed ‘Lunar Link’, which will bridge Earth with our closest entity the Moon. It sees a multimillion pound investment by the engineering firm.
Head of Interspatial Engineering, Ian Peterson remarks: “When we were first approached, we saw the project as an opportunity to prove that we really can make any vision viable. No other engineering firm currently owns this space, and I can’t think of a single engineer who doesn’t dream of being able to apply their skills and experience to this type of forward-thinking project. We’re quite literally over the moon with the formation of this new engineering consultancy team within BuroHappold.”
The considerable challenge of engineering the longest single-span bridge in the known universe – at 384,400 km (238,855 mi) – was further complicated by the fact that both objects are constantly rotating. To accommodate this movement, BuroHappold have developed a bespoke, magnet-based solution between the two bases and the central span.
Jeff Scott, CEO of US-based company Lunar Link, remarked: “It is fantastic to find an engineering consultancy that was able to take on the architect’s design and, as they say, make our vision viable. While some want to build walls, we want to build bridges.”
Associate interspatial structural engineer, Susan Fellows commented: “This is the single most challenging project I have been involved with during my 20-year career at BuroHappold, and I worked on the 2012 Olympic Stadium and the Millennium Dome!”
The newly formed team will initially be based in the firm’s London office, however there are plans to open a satellite office on the Moon by 2025 if calculations go to plan. The ten strong team, which includes a newly formed lunar graduate engineer opportunity, will be offered a generous relocation settlement if they wish to work on the new lunar base.
The Earth based bridge abutment is set to be located in Swindon. This is a real boon for the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’, further bolstering the region’s transport infrastructure and economic regeneration.
It is expected that BuroHappold Engineering will receive several lucrative projects if the Lunar Link is successful. A the ‘Mars Masterplan’ is already being touted as the engineering firm’s next major project, although the practice’s global head of masterplanning is unable to confirm or deny the initiative at this time.
For more information about our new specialist engineering service, please contact email@example.com quoting ‘Moon’