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 named Moon-Walker is a moon colony of free spirit people. The colony has a strong foot-print of star-wars, avengers and many other sci-fi classics.
Though MoonWalker Design is inspired by popular structures, no building is compromised in terms of safety and pragmatism. The Camp is designed into four major blocks. First block consists of a nuclear power plant and charging stations and rover parking.
Second block consists of a Central Habitat with a lab, gym,living, storage, conference and all other facilities.
Third Block has an oxygen, water purification plant and moon farms. Also it has a huge watchtower, a replica of avenger’s tower.
Last block has a launch pad and landing site for regular commute and also it has two satellites that will help in finding ice and other minerals and also will help in communication.
To further accelerate space exploration we have created huge hydrogen storage tanks to provide fuel to rockets to mars and other planets. Moonwalker is designed to support six astronauts and also further extension to make moonwalker a basecamp for mars.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Close to the lunar equator
Why did you choose this location?
We want to develope moonwalker as a base camp for our further space exploration hence we needed a place which is ideal to land and launch and will be having a strong communication. Yes we face the issue of long lunar night and due to that no solar power but as we have opted for nuclear power, it is not an issue.
How do you plan to build your Mooncamp? Which materials will you use?
It is impossible to live on mooo without proper shelter thanks to charged particles of radiation and tiny meteorites that rain down from space.
So solve this we have created very simple structure which will be covered by inflatable materials which is further covered by regolith.
As most of the regolith consist o2, iron, aluminium, calcium, magnesium we will use them after extracting 02 in form of water through regolith. The sleeping area and other areas where human will spend their most time will be @ down most location to keep it safe
our first priority will be harvesting water and as we are not sure of ice at lunar equator, we will use alternate method of water mining. Moon’s soil, also known as regolith. Regolith contains silica and metallic oxides that make it — on average — 43% oxygen by mass, and it is found everywhere on the Moon. Oxygen grabbed from soil will be uysed to access a affordable and sustainable water, hydrogen fuel and e useful by-products such as rare metals.
@ moonwalker we will grow food under white and red LEDs which can be tweaked to alter the mineral and vitamin composition of the plant. We have three green house while one will be used for regular quick food other two were for research. Moonwalkers will try to incorporate hydroponics and growing small fruit plants. As setting up moonwlaker a basecamp we need to find a diversify food. we recommend NASA’s KALE diet that grow well in confined spaces and are packed with the nutrients that degrade most in storage — vitamins C1, K and potassium.
Plentiful energy will be key to future space exploration and specially as moonwalker is a basecamp.
. The proposed reactor is a uranium-powered fission reactor — that is, an apparatus that can split heavy atomic nuclei into lighter nuclei, releasing energy as a byproduct.
The reactor must weigh 5000kg , and fit into a rocket The reactor will provide 40 kilowatts of continuous electric power for 10 years. The reactor must also have temperature controls to keep the device cool. further reactors will be built @ moon only.
Air will be produced by electrolysis process as regolith and hydrogen reduction create water which further using electrolysis will be converted into hydrogen and oxygen. Initially astronauts will carry oxygen cylinders which will be used for initial days till we are not able to find and extract water.
Also o2 will be mixed with N2 to create a very similar effect as on earth and also to avoid flame as o2 alone is a safety hazard
the Moon lacks a magnetic field to deflect this radiation. When it hits the surface, it produces a secondary spray of neutral particles, including neutrons, which can penetrate more deeply than charged particles. To avoid this space suit wille radiation proof and rovers and habitat both will be covered by regolith to avoid the effect. the effect of reduced gravity on human bones will be managed by regular Yoga and gymming
Describe a day on the Moon for one of your Moon Camp astronauts
We do not see a day very different form earth except a limited interaction with fellow astronauts. Time in our camp will be monitored according to the IST – Indian standard time. This is so they can easily in contact with their counterparts.
The astronaut wakes up @ 6 am. Go for gym and workout for at-least 90 min. After that go the moon farms and harvest fresh food and prepare breakfast. At 8.30 be ready for the moon exploration in rovers and meeting new visitors who arrived to go to next destination. Check the power plants and other plants parameters and check any warning related to sun storm or other meteoroids. If no adverse weather report go for distance exploration and ice harvesting. In lab test the soil, food samples and if required cook something experimental for lunch. post lunch have communication with earth and start preventive maintenance activity for o2, water purifying and air purifying plants.
Sunday must be special and must be organised few games. have some good diverse food including some preserve food from earth. Also to make it sustain-table economy moonwalker must have its own currency moon-mint. Also we should allow the basic trade so make it more popular base camp.
Also all should create video logs so in future it can be referenced for other future space setups.
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