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 is called Made for Future because it should be built for the future on the moon. It’s made for up to six astronauts. And it will get build by itself with artificial intelligence, robots and rovers. The camp is mainly made with aluminium and a 3D-printing system which uses the lunar dust found on the surface. After it is built, the astronauts will fly to the moon and can live there. Everything is ready to stay there for a long time.
The moon will be researched and from there we can easily get easily to other planets in the solar system due to the moons low gravity it is easier and less costly to launch objects into space.
Everything will be reusable, for example water will get filtered and can be used for the plants. The moon camp is also fully self- sustaining with no need for any supplies from external sources.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the Lunar Poles
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this location because we want to have a safe water supply for our astronauts. We also need a large capacity of water for our agriculture. We can use electrolysis of the water to split it into H² and oxygen. The oxygen will connect with other O and make O², the water molecules can be used as fuel for rockets. In this region the Temperatures are more stable than next to the equator.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
For the whole moon camp, we want to use an 3D-printing system which will be remotely and autonomously operated by A.I, because it is the best way to handle logistical problems. The moon dust will be melted and used as a filament to print. The core of the structure is built with aluminium, the second layer is erected with the moon dust from the 3D-printer and the outer shell is protected scree and stones.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
To solve the issue with water the moon camp will be based near the poles where water can be extracted as ice and distilled inside the base. Minerals must be added to the water before it can be stored in water tanks with a pump underneath the surface which will give quick and easy access to clean water in a matter of seconds. Liquid waste will be treated and can be used later for non-consumable purposes.
In our station the food, which consists of fruits and vegetables that don’t need a lot of space, is grown in a greenhouse and we also want to use aquaponics to breed fish, so that we can make the food more varied.
Our energy supply is based on two models:
1.) Solar energy. The problem here is when we settle at the polar caps, the sun doesn’t always shines at us. There is a second problem, the photovoltaic panels are very sensitive, so if a rock or debris hits the surface of it, it could be possible that the crew won’t have enough energy for months.
2.) Nuclear energy. We want a small nuclear reactor and/or a fusion reactor because these can always be operated with the resource of the moon and are not site dependent. Then we would also have a constant energy supply.
The air supply is very important for us, we would prefer the same air supply as in the international space station. It also has to be mixed with other gases here. The moon can help as the moon is made of similar elements to the earth, this way needed elements can be extracted from the moon’s surface . In the worst case the water can help, when it split in H and O². We must also ensure that the air is not contaminated with pollutants. A filter is installed which, above all removes carbon monoxide from the inner atmosphere.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
6:45 am the astronauts wake up; they follow a tight schedule to be organized and keep their sense of time but first they have time for personal hygiene and breakfast before each of them can complete their own assigned tasks. The tasks and places they work in will change every 2 earth weeks so each astronaut can operate everything as to avoid possible disasters. At 7:30 am the astronauts can begin to do their tasks, which can vary from helping extract ice on the poles to keeping the agriculture nourished or even maintenance. The astronauts get to have small breaks in between. At 12:00 pm they start working out to keep their bone mass strong in space after this it’s time for lunch at the cafeteria, which consist of a healthy diet made for the astronauts. At 1:45 pm research and tasks will continue until it’s time for dinner at 6:00 pm. Afterwards they will have time to do what they want for example (to stay in touch with the people on earth, play games or spend time with the other astronauts on the camp Etc.). After this it’s time for rest, at 10:00 pm.
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