In Moon Camp Explorers each team’s mission is to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Tinkercad. They also have to explain how they will use local resources, protect astronauts from the dangerous of space and describe the living and working facilities.
Our moon camp project is formed by a lunar base, which is situated inside a crater, energy fields and solar panels outside of the base and vegetable patches covered by domes. We also have things like purifications systems for both water and air.
Our base is made up of a nucleus surrounded by a hoop. This ring is connected to eight different platforms. On each of these platforms there are small cities in which people can live. Also, the cities have different functions, for example one of them acts as a spatial port for rockets that arrive.On the other hand the nucleus contains a big city, that is the central part of our base.
We should also emphasize the fact that our base is mostly made up of yellow to stand out to people when traveling and that most of the patterns are hexagons for it to be more resistant.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Why did you choose this location?
First of all, we chose it because it’s really big, covering forty kilometers. Another reason is that it’s located on the visible part of the moon so the temperatures are favorable for our base and systems.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
We plan to build our base, part by part. Starting from the inside of the nucleus and covering it with distinct layers. Then continuing with the ring and the platforms.
Our base is mainly made up of a material called tungsten, this metal can resist both extremely high and low temperatures so it will help us a lot. We’ll also use graphene, which is also one of the most resistant materials.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
To provide water for the astronauts we’ll use the purification systems. The process it’ll follow is, from our own pee it’ll go to the purification system and get transformed into water, which will later pass through a filter and then to the astronauts.
To get food apart fom the vegetable garden we’ve mentioned before, we have another idea. As providing oxygen for animals on the moon would be hard, we’ve thought about using 3D printers, in which we’ll print different types of food that can’t be made on the moon.
The power as we mentioned before we’ll get from the solar panels that we have. Another way of getting power is throught the yellow components in the base, this are thermal panels, which use the extremely high and low temperatures to produce energy.
To provide air inside the moon camp, we have added a ventilation and purification system. They work by recycling the air we just breathed and transforming it into brand new air to breathe. We also thought about gas tanks brought every month in a rocket.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
The astronaut wakes up at his room in the base. Normally, he wouldn’t have to do anything as the camp does it by itself, but today is revision day.
He starts by going to the purification systems room, he just needs to do a monthly checkup to see that everything is on place. Then he’ll head to the platform that contains the spaceship port and take all the resources brought from the Earth.
Of course, he’ll need to have lunch, for that he would go to the main kitchen and cook his meal. Afterwards he would go to the garden and water the plants. Lastly he would check the electrical and thermical systems to see if they’re in good condition. That would be the end of his day.
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