Lunar Base Locations and Personnel
The two major lunar bases are located beneath the surface under the craters Plato (located slightly right of center near the top) and Copernicus (located left of center near the bottom). [Note: pointers added 20090209.]
A third base under the crater Archimedes (directly below Plato on the map) was a scientific facility. It is mentioned in Bob's report of his first lunar visit of 3-4 December 1966. It has since been mothballed, but it can be reopened if a need arises for it. At present it is used as a way station in the transportation tubes between Plato and Copernicus.
Note: map and photos provided by BR.
PlatoCom is one of three operating lunar facilities. It is the largest and most populated base in this system. It is located beneath the surface of the crater that you call Plato [the large one shown in this graphic].
PlatoCom is the main base for Project Terra. All spacecrafts from the Alliance stop there when they arrive in this system. All communication between PT and the rest of the Alliance is fed through PlatoCom. It is the training facility for new and returning operatives. And it is the main spacecraft berthing and storage facility for PT. It contains upward of 5000 crafts from small scouts to the three Hyper-Class carriers that are stationed there.
Main base for Project Terra and all Alliance operations in this system; central arrival point for all Alliance crafts arriving in this system; main spacecraft berthing, storage and maintenance; central communication for all PT functions; training for operatives.
This base is located under the crater known as Copernicus.
The base is substantially smaller than the Plato Complex. It is primarily for military operations. It includes facilities for extreme-range scanning and detection in both optical and radio bands, both real-space and sub-space. It has a large telescope array for both military and scientific purposes.
There is also a hangar complex for crafts of less than 500 feet in maximum width and less than 1000 feet in maximum dimension (e.g., tubular carriers). The present craft contingent is 1718 , the majority being fighter crafts of 50 to 150 feet in diameter.
There is a housing and training facility for military forces.
Military operations; long-range scanning and detection systems; telescope complex - optical, X-ray, gamma ray, microwave; spacecraft hangars; facility for housing and training military personnel.
There is a third unmanned communication facility on the back side of the Moon, for direct communication to locations that are out of range of communication facilities on the Earth-facing side. It can sustain a small crew for routine maintenance, but is not designed for extended occupancy.
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