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Pioneers gallery 2021 – Moon Camp Challenge
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Pioneers gallery 2021

Moon Camp Pioneers Gallery 2020-2021

In Moon Camp Pioneers each team’s mission is to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Fusion 360. 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: Lunar Figment

ShangHai QingPu Senior High School  ShangHai    China 16 Third Place – Non-ESA Member States External viewer for 3d project
Project description

Our base was designed as a scientific institute and base for initial exploration of the moon. It can support four astronauts in their daily lives, sample collection and scientific experiments. It aims to explore more available resources and possibilities for the moon, such as using lunar ice to provide rocket fuel. It will serve as an outpost for exploration into the wider universe.

Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

We will build a lunar camp in a suitable crater near the moon’s north pole. Because it is rich in resources, the conditions of the day can provide sufficient solar energy as an energy source. Its temperature and angular velocity allow for the presence of solid water that can provide astronauts with water for their lives. There are also large-scale exposure of magnesium aluminum iron and titanium and other mineral resources can be used as building materials. And most of the countries are located in the northern hemisphere, the moon Arctic communication is more convenient.

How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.

We will send modular building components by multiple launch vehicles. The first flight will send astronauts and individual independent residential module building modular components and some living materials.We will use triangular plates which can be spliced to build the bottom, aluminum rod to build the bottom support and module support, and then stitch the module walls and tops. The next few rockets will send parts of the rest of the building and the lunar rover, and the astronauts will begin stitching together from the passageway to expand the entire base. The lunar rover is made of aluminum rods, and astronauts can simply assemble it.

The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.

The camp uses high-strength insulation and radiation-proof materials, as well as temperature control systems to help astronauts withstand temperature, cosmic radiation and small meteorites. Radar at the top of the camp can monitor the arrival of large meteorites, and the lunar rover has some resources and communication devices that allow astronauts to flee the base and signal to Earth in critical situations. Fitness equipment in the camp prevents astronauts’ muscles from rotting due to a lack of gravity, and simulated night beds allow them to rest normally throughout the day. The base also has Earth-connected communication devices for astronauts to contact their families to ensure their mental health.

Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:

Most of the water will be obtained from the ice in the permanent shadow pit. The astronauts will fly the lunar rover to collect them and then melt and purify them in the camp. Or install a stove on a lunar rover and add tropical ice to the soil, this method allows astronauts to get water when they go out to explore. At the same time, the walls of the camp are lined with pipes with water circulation systems to maximize the use of water resources.

The camp has a large area of plant areas, including the lunar soil area, the earth soil area, hydroponics and so on. The main foods are plants such as kale and potatoes, most of which will be hydroponically cultivated in LED-exposed enclosed greenhouse hydroponics or planted in the Earth’s soil. There is also some of the earth’s emergency food and cultured artificial meat. The planting area is equipped with a kitchen and preservation unit.

Day-to-day conditions allow solar panels to provide electricity all the time and store it . The camp will also build an energy station using helium-3 elements on the moon, which can provide a lot of energy. Batteries will also be prepared in the camp to supply the lunar rover with electricity for exploration or to respond to emergencies.

There is a pressure maintenance system in the camp that monitors and controls the gas composition. The camp also has an air circulation system that uses sodium peroxide to absorb carbon dioxide exhaled by astronauts and convert it into oxygen, while efficiently circulating air with farmed crops. In emergency situations, oxygen can also be produced by chemical reactions using water ice collected on the moon.

Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp (for example: commercial, scientific, and/or tourist purposes).

The camp will be used as a scientific base and an outpost for further exploration of the moon, where the rock composition of the moon can be studied, the energy available, plants that can be planted, etc. Focus on projects that use lunar ice near the moon’s north pole to provide rocket fuel such as oxygen and hydrogen. Prepare for what will become a gas station for space travel.

Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.

Astronauts will be divided into the first and second shifts and have different sleeping times, thanks to the sleeping pods that last forever and simulate the night, which will not mess up their work, but will also ensure that at least half of them are awake at all times. Each astronaut will have eight hours of sleep per day, the first class of astronauts will sleep from 24:00 to 8:00, and the second class will sleep from 8:00 to 16:00. Take the first class of astronauts as an example, they will get up from 8:00 to 8:30, wash and enjoy breakfast. 8:30 to 9:00 to the fitness area for early workouts. 9:00-11:00 first to the scientific research room to check the base monitoring and control station, check whether there is a problem, and check the second class of astronauts before bed message and work summary, if necessary ,they will carry out the maintenance of the base,If there are no service tasks, each one will carry out their own first round of work, such as research in the research area, in the plant area to look after plants, research report writing, monitoring the operation of celestial bodies and so on. Enjoy lunch and entertainment from 11:00 to 13:00. 13:00 to 17:00 for the second round of work, the middle can rest. 17:00-19:00 The second class of astronauts just finished exercise, four people to carry out off-camp projects, such as collecting lunar soil samples, lunar ice and other projects that require a team. 19:00-21:00 Four people eat and have fun and talk, or talk to the Earth family. 21:00-23:00 Four people together to carry out the work of cooperation in the camp and hold a short meeting to exchange. 23:00-24:00 The first class of astronauts went to the research room to record messages and a summary of the day’s work, and then washed and slept. The schedule of the second crew is similar, except that all points in time are pushed back eight hours and the first round of work is exchanged with the time spent on off-site projects.

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