Madhu Thangavelu

Expert in the design of complex space projects, including space stations and exploratory missions

Conductor, ASTE527 Graduate Space Concept Synthesis Studio

Department of Astronautical Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Lecturer, USC School of Architecture


  • Human space exploration
  • Human space activity
  • Crew exploration vehicle (CEV)
  • Altair – Lunar Lander
  • Space tourism
  • Private space companies like SpaceX
  • Space system architectures
  • Space stations
  • Lunar and Mars missions
  • Extraterrestrial bases
  • Planetary defense
  • Colonization of other planets
  • Architecture in extreme environments
  • Underground and underwater dwellings
  • Antarctic bases, submarines, deep-sea oil drilling platforms
  • Building science
  • Space force, space guard
  • UFO

Additional Information

  • Fellow, NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts
  • Advisory Board Member, Los Angeles Section of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Creative consultant to aerospace and entertainment industries on concept
    synthesis for complex space architectures
  • Recipient, Lunar Base Design Award, National Space Foundation
  • Co-Author, The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement (2007)
  • Co-Author, The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Colonization (1999)
  • Co-Editor, Moon Miner’s Manifesto International Quarterly Edition
  • Invited Author, “Living on the Moon,” Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (2010, 2012)
  • Faculty, International Space University, Strasbourg, France
  • Adviser, The Moon Society
  • Member: AIAA, The Planetary Society, National Space Society
  • Director, The National Space Society


  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Tamil
  • French

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