In August 2021, our teacher took part in the Summer Space School organized by C.N.K. where he gained his first skills in 3d design and the E.S.A Moon Camp Explorers challenge. Then, after returning to school, he infected us with this passion and persuaded us to participate in the challenge. Our team consists of 5 girls and one boy and we represent U.K.N. „Purple Smoke” from Piotrków Trybunalski from Poland. Search For Alien (the name of our base, in short S.F.A. will focus mainly on searching for life in space and expanding our knowledge of the universe. We worked in pairs and each team was responsible for individual elements of the base. The will base consist of 5 main modules, each of which can be cut off from the rest of the base in the event of an accident. The modules will be delivered entirely to the moon thanks to modern technology, in particular a stellar transporter built exactly for this purpose. All electronics will be transferred to the induction-based devices. The most important element will be a super-sensitive antenna built by independent 3d-printers. It will operate across the entire range of electromagnetic waves. Although our base is intended for only 6 astronauts, it will be equipped with all the necessary elements. We have professional medical equipment in our lunar base: a modern operating table and psychological equipment.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?On the far side of the Moon
Why did you choose this location?
The modules of our base will not be equipped with windows, because it will be equipped with all the necessary cameras, sensors and lighting. The place where our future base will be built is revealed by the name itself. The dark side of the moon is the perfect place where we can see the farthest corners of the universe without any distractions. The location of our base will also be conducive to sending manned space missions to other planets in our solar system.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
For ease of use, our moonbase will be built from ready-made modules that will be delivered to the moon by a specially adapted transporter. They will be assembled by astronauts on the spot. The main module, the control center, will be placed first. In the next stages, more will be added, which, thanks to their own engines and the on-board computer, will be located in appropriate places. Caring for the good of the moon, we will bring all elements from Earth. Robots adapted to the construction of materials using the 3D-printing method will help in the construction of the antenna.
Initially, water will be brought from Earth. Thanks to the filter system designed in our base, we will recover a significant part of the water. But we also plan to extract water from ice on the dark side of the moon. The water will be used not only for current needs, but also for the hydroponic cultivation of plants.
Fish and crickets will be reared at the base, as well as hydroponic cultivation of vegetables and fruits. Here is a sample menu for astronauts.
Fruit salad with honey
280g = 640kcal
Carrot, beetroot, and spinach smoothie
270 kcal/340 kcal
Baked salmon with baked whips
and dill sauce
For a woman/man
Total 763 kcal, 56.7 g of protein/Total 812 kcal, 57.8g of protein
Homemade blueberry jelly
For a woman/man
Salad with onion, spinach, and fried crickets
For a woman/man
203kcal (130 g of protein)/Total 230kcal (130g of protein)
5 nuclear reactors based on modern technology will be responsible for powering our base. Each with a power of 10 kW of energy, which will give a total amount of energy to power the base. This way we will not put a strain on the moon’s resources as Man of science, not explorers.
As you know, there is no nitrogen on the moon, which is necessary to live as the main component of our atmosphere. To ensure amount of it, we will bring it from Earth. We will get oxygen from the electrolysis of water. Of course, our base will be equipped with filters that will provide our crew with a dose of fresh air
The elements of our lunar base will be made of super durable materials. But for additional protection, robotic 3D printers will surround the entire base of the “astrodome” based on nanotubes, which will give additional protection. Thanks to this, in the future you can think of a mini ecosystem that will be created to support life at a later stage of developing the base.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
Our moon base will have a 24-hour day of life.
7:00 – wake up
7:00 – 7:30 – morning exercises
7:30 – 7:45 – morning toilet
7:45 – 8:15 – breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 – morning briefing
8:30 – 11:00 – the first part of the research
11:00 – 11:30 – lunch break
11:30 – 14:30 – the second part of the research
14:30 – lunch
15:00 – 17:30 – time to rest + exercise
17:30 – 18:00 – afternoon tea
18:00 – 18:45 – health examinations
18:45 – 19:00 – checking the mailbox, writing a report
19:00 – 22:00 – rest
22:00 – dinner
22:30 – 23:00 – personal hygiene
23:00 – 7:00 – sleep