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.
We first researched concepts from different space agencies such as NASA and ESA. We used our research of Moon and space bases, from which we have taken time and effort to design, mould and research for our final design. We decided to create a central core, from which all the modules lead off. This was done, so incase of emergency, so residents can meet in a central point. We created two floors, which have the same design to keep the overall design simple to build. The base consists of different specific modules. As a team we put together a google spreadsheet composing of all our team roles, ranging from Project manager to Mechanical engineer. Our team was based within the KS3 stage, Thomas, Will, Amelia and Brendon. Each team member was given a specific task and if there was too much work, we decided to help each other.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We have chosen this location because we can use the water from the moon for rocket fuel and we can also use it for day to day life; for example, you could use the water to drink or retain our hygiene. Also we are always facing Earth to be able to keep in contact with people from Earth and to keep in contact with ESA. We will land on this side of the moon and for our solar panels and so we can keep everything working at optimal efficiency.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
We will send robots to 3D print the main structures, using the moon rock and then cover the bases for protection from solar radiation. Then send the humans to furnish and equip the interior of the base. We plan to use resources on the moon to build the structure, but most of the equipment, infrastructure will come from Earth by supply ships.
Since our base is located near the pole, water ice is frozen there, so we will mine the water for drinking and rocket fuel. But we will also recycle the water for sanitation and food production.
We plan to 3D print the food to supply protein to the astronauts. The vegetables will be grown in a module, to supply carbohydrates and vitamins.
Since we are located near the pole, we still have access to sunlight, so we will use solar panels. Since we are located near frozen ice, we will use the solar power to electrolysis the the water into oxygen and hydrogen. So if there is no sunlight, we can react the oxygen and hydrogen to provide power.
Since we are located near the pole, we are able to use the water that electrolysed to provide oxygen. We have to bring the nitrogen from the Earth, but since it is unreactive it will stay in the air in the moon base. The CO2 will be absorbed by the plants. Photosynthesis will convert the CO2 into oxygen and take in the carbon.
We need to protect against extreme temperatures, the vacuum space, solar radiation and meteors. We will cover the base in moon rocks to absorb the radiation and meteor impacts. If there is a solar flare, the base is designed so the astronauts meet in the centre where there is the greatest thickness of moon rocks above. Water absorbs radiation, so we will create a layer above the based for protection.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
We are going to explain a day for an Engineer. The engineer’s main task to make sure all modules are working correctly, checking and maintain parts, to avoid any safety issues and defects. They will spend most of the morning doing this, before having lunch. After lunch, the engineer will work on his projects or rota, such as science experiments or creating new technology. This will last till dinner. Then they will exercise and have recreation time. Before they go to bed, they will check the systems to make sure everything works correctly and sign off the days tasks.
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