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Explorers gallery 2022 – Moon Camp Challenge
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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.

Team: Chandra Graham

Yolabs  Bengaluru    India 14, 13, 11   5 / 0
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Project description

We have named our moon camp “Chandra Graham”. ‘Chandra’ and ‘Graham’ and Sanskrit words, which translate to Moon Residence. 

Chandra Graham consists of 19 structures. On the right-hand side, on the top, there is the starship after which is the polar satellite launcher. There is a drilling rig to gather ice for water and soil samples for experimentation. There is also a rover for exploration.

Towards the left of the starship is the observatory tower for observing the path of nearby asteroids.

Further left is the solar farm, which provides the majority of the power for the camp. Below that is the antenna, used for communication with Earth.

The two twin buildings to the left of the solar farm are the greenhouses. The top greenhouse connects to the control tower. The bottom greenhouse connects to the 3 building living area. The largest building contains the locker, along with the dining area and kitchen. The second-largest building consists of the sleeping area, and the smallest building is the bathroom.

The building which is diagonally above the dining and kitchen area is the gym. To the left of that is the water treatment plant. The building diagonally downwards is the 3D printing area. The building towards the left is the lab as well as the exit from the closed to the open region of the camp.

Towards the top, there is the nuclear power plant and a large water tank to store and supply water to the entire camp.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar poles
Why did you choose this location?

The pole of the moon: It has nearly year-round sunlight, which is essential for powering our camp, and also has greater ice reserves than any other part of the moon. Ice can be melted to create water which is important for cooking and growing food as well as for generating electricity.

How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?

We plan to use carbon fiber composites as they are used in aerospace industries due to their high strength and lightweight materialistic properties. In fact, Airbus A350 is made up of more than 50% of composites. We plan to make use of fiberglass composite for the same reason. For the greenhouse, we can make use of durable plastic as it is stronger than glass.

Water
Food
Electricity
Air
Protection

All water, either wastewater or the water retrieved from the ice on the south pole of the moon, will go through proper water treatment. This happens through the following 5 steps: Coagulation, which groups the particles in the water together; Flocculation, through which these groups of bonded particles aggregate together; Sedimentation, which allows all of the particles to settle down below the water; Filtration, to get out any particles that were not already removed; Disinfection, to kill all bacteria that are present in the water. Now the water can be used for all regular applications.

The food will be grown in the greenhouses. It will be watered with the water that is being treated. The astronauts will bring rations, soil, and seeds from the earth to feed themselves and start the growth process of the plants. These rations will include condiments as well as foods that have high calories and nutritional values to ensure that astronauts stay healthy on the moon. The plants that will be required for meals will be from the greenhouses on the moon.

The large solar farm will provide constant and sufficient power for the entire camp to run for over 300 days at least. In case this power is not enough in any instance, there is also a nuclear power plant that provides for the entire camp so that there is never a shortage of electricity.

The astronauts will come with oxygen tanks to the moon. Once on the moon, the plants will be planted and the process of electrolysis can begin, which can provide oxygen for the astronauts while the plants grow. Once the greenhouses are completely operational, the oxygen produced by these plants can be redistributed through the living quarters and lab.

The moon base is situated in the least probable strike zone. In case of a low-level meteorite strike, the moon base is capable to absorb the impact. In case of a high-level strike, Astronauts can nuke the meteorite in advance, and in extreme level cases, astronauts need to evacuate and move the base to another location ASAP.

Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts

The astronaut would wake up from their sleeping quarters and go to the gym for exercise in the morning. They would then go to the kitchen and prepare themselves a lettuce and beetroot salad from the greenhouse, along with a bowl of spaghetti for proper nutrition. He visits the lab and finds that the newest recordings from the rover show a large crater filled with ice within some kilometers of Chandra Graham. He also observes the rocks gathered from the drilling rig yesterday and after observing it closely under the microscope realizes that it is most probably from a small asteroid crashing into the moon many million years ago. 

He puts on his spacesuit and oxygen tank and exits through the airlock door. He goes to the antenna tower and broadcasts what he found to Earth via the satellite they launched to orbit the moon.

He then goes to the observatory tower for some recreational tracking of neighboring rocks near the earth and moon and to make sure that there is no threat to the satellite or the camp.

At lunchtime, he goes back to the greenhouse and makes sure that all of the helper robots are all powered up and are maintaining the temperature and moisture in the plants correctly. 

After having his lunch he makes his way to the 3D printing building, to make sure that everything is functioning smoothly. 

He takes a quick stop at the bathroom before walking over to the control tower. There he observes his entire camp in its full glory and also ensures that the power supply and oxygen supply to all regions is properly maintained.

He then goes back to the gym for a brisk walk on the treadmill, has dinner, and goes to bed.

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