Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
We plan to build our base at the south pole of the moon, specifically on the edge of Shackleton Crater. This place is advantageous due to the almost permanent lighting and the nearby water deposits. The Artemis program is also heading to the south pole of the Moon, and the Gateway Station orbits to land here, so the site will also be well researched and preparations may be made for the arrival of our base. In the middle of the crater, there is complete darkness and low temperature, which will allow unique undisturbed astronomical observations.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.
For the construction of our base, we plan to use local resources, which we will process using flexible construction methods, such as 3D printing.
CM arrives first. He will be rendered using Ariane 6. After connecting with transfer element (TE) maneuvers, he will get to the NRHO, where he will connect with the Gateway. He will already have two reusable landing elements (RLEs) waiting to connect CanadArm 3 to the NM on each side. This set then lands on the moon. The LRE prepares for reuse, refuels them, and returns to the Gateway.
In the next phase, the crew will arrive. CM will function as a temporary laboratory in which the suitability of current technologies that will be used in HLM will be verified.
If the tests turn out well, nothing will prevent the HLM from starting on Ariane 6. It will be similar to CM.
Subsequently, the HLM decomposes. The middle folding part (IP) inflates. The rest of the racks are moved from the CM, which can be filled with additional cargo. The ceiling and floor in the EP are also partially folded. Once the HLM decomposes, the 3D printer provides protection against radiation and micrometeorites. This system will ensure that when the astronauts arrive, the base will be largely ready for the arrival of the astronauts.
The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
To protect against micrometeorites, we plan to use mainly ISRU using the 3D printing method. This method would print a Whipple shield. We tried several different methods (regolith + binder from Earth, regolith + sulfur, regolith + sulfur + iron). The best method we experimented with was sulfur lunar crete, but sulfur melts at low temperatures and sublimes. 3D printing on the moon needs more research.
A shield from regolith would also protect against cosmic radiation. There would be 10,000 kg of shield per 1 m². The height would be 1.5 m – 3 m depending on the print density.
The system of radiators / solar panels provides protection especially of the buried parts of the base against extreme monthly temperatures.
Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with: