Our base is called “Kurnik”.
The crew will consist of 4 trained astronauts. Every 3 months, the astronauts will change, that is, those from the Moon will return to Earth, and new ones will come in their place.
Our moon camp consist of:
- Garage – Workshop
- Recycling room
- “Server room”
- Astronauts’ rooms and toilets
- Water tank
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?
We want our base to be close to “Aitkens Basin” and “The Cold Traps” so that we can investigate them, because we can learn a lot about the moon and its history from them. There is also ice at the South Pole, from which we will be able to obtain water, and there is also the most human-friendly temperature there.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
The base will be built by the robots before the astronauts arrive.
Most of the above-ground parts will be built of regolith, using a special 3D printer. Fragments that cannot be printed will be brought from Earth.
The water in the base is needed not only by astronauts (for drinking), but also for watering plants, doing various experiments, etc. Part of the water will initially be brought from Earth. We will also obtain water from the ice present on the moon. There is a special machine in our base that melts ice and filters the resulting water. Our base will also have a system that recovers and filters water emitted by astronauts.
The seeds of genetically modified plants will be brought from Earth so that they can grow as quickly as possible. The seeds will be planted by robots, even before the astronauts arrive, so that they can eat right away. Prepared food for astronauts will also be brought from Earth, in case there are not enough plants in the base yet and that they also have varied food. We also want to keep various types of insects, such as crickets, in the base, because they have a very high protein content and need little water and food to breed them. Insects and plants can also be used to study the adaptability of species to life on the moon.
We will use solar panels and SMR to generate energy.
We will use solar panels made of perovskite cells (1) as they are very effective and easy to transport, i.e. they can be printed from a special printer. We will store such a printer in our database and if the panels are damaged, we will print them again.
We will also use the SMR nuclear reactor. It will be located further from the base in case it breaks down and explodes. To function, it needs some water, electricity and uranium, which we will bring from earth.
We will mainly use algae to produce oxygen. Scientists from UWM have come up with a method of producing special capsules in which the algae “concentrate” is enclosed (2). They take up little space and produce a lot of oxygen. Just in case, the base will also have equipment needed to generate oxygen from the water.
We will bring nitrogen from Earth in liquid form because it is difficult to obtain it on the moon.
The air is also monitored to ensure the safety of the astronauts.
The most important thing for us is the safety of the astronauts, so we decided to build our base partially underground. The rooms where the astronauts will sleep are the lowest, so if a large meteorite strikes the base and partially damages the base, the astronauts will remain safe. Of course, the base is equipped with a radar, which checks whether a large meteor is heading towards the base, but it is always better to be secured in the event that, for example, sensors are damaged. Locating parts of the base underground will also protect astronauts from radiation and extreme temperatures on the lunar surface. The moon camp is covered with regolith which protects the astronauts from radiation. The astronauts swollow a microchip that scans the astronaut’s body and sends the information to the main computer in the base. This will insure the astronaut’s good health.
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
7:30 AM – wakes up (every four days one of the astronauts gets up half an hour earlier and prepares breakfast for himself and others).
7:31 AM – morning bathroom break
8:00 AM – morning work-out
8:30 AM – prepares breakfast
9:00 AM – breakfast time
9:30 AM – prepares and sends robots to collect samples from “The Cold Traps” outside the moonbase
10:15 AM – checks the water and air quality in the base
10:30 AM – checks the condition of solar panels and SMR
11:00 AM – exercises
11:30 AM – break
12:00 AM – lets the robots in, takes the samples they brought and checks whether the robots are damaged
1:00 PM – examines samples
2:00 PM – exercises
2:30 PM – back to examining the samples
4:30 PM – exercises
5:00 PM – prepares lunch for himself and the rest of the crew
5:30 PM – lunch
6:00 PM – free time
7:30 PM – database review, checks if everything is working well
8:20 PM – free time