Arial was designed as the port between the Earth and lunar surfaces. Having grown in proportion to the increased demand for export of lunar materials (a particularly noticable spike being alongside the construction of Balderol), Arial is now one of the largest settlements operated by the Foundation Society, yet it has never forgotten its scientific purpose of searching for life beyond our solar system.

As the privately owned successor to the ARIEL mission by ESA in the 2020s, Arial continues to conduct research into exoplanets, some that one day (at least if the Foundation Society has its way), humankind may finally venture to and establish future settlements outside of our solar system.

Transport and Manufacturing Hub

Initial Operating Capacity Achieved – 2045

Location – Space Elevator between Earth-Moon L1 and Copernicus Crater on the Lunar Surface

Initial Population – 7000

Predicted Population in 2100 – 20,000 + 5000

This webpage refers to a fictional space settlement which is part of the UK Space Design Competition. No information presented here or implied herefrom should be regarded as factual. Any similarities with real events, places, or persons are purely coincidental.