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Pioneers gallery 2022 – Moon Camp Challenge
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Pioneers gallery 2022

Moon Camp Pioneers Gallery 2021-2022

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: m.t.a

郑州轻工业大学附属中学  河南省郑州市    China 18, 19   4 / 1
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Project description

Our camp will be used for human exploration of the moon, and it will be the first step for future human missions to the moon. The initial plan is to use the moon camp for astronauts to do scientific research, such as observing plant mutations in space radiation and studying special minerals on the moon.

We also will have the astronaut living quarters, the work area, the outdoor exploration rover and the mining machine. Our base is designed initially to accommodate four astronauts, experiments and so on. We also plan to equipped with cooking and sports room area to ensure that astronauts on the moon’s life more close to the earth, more human.

We want the first astronauts to arrive at camp to be able to live on the moon for a long period of time, so we plan to have multiple safeguards for the camp, and the camp will provide a way for our astronauts to get out of the camp just in case. We will design the camp with the safety of the astronauts as the number one factor.

2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

We choose to build our base on the plains near the equator on the front of the moon.

  • Equator can make full use of solar energy, during the day can try to store surplus energy for Lunar night.
  • The surrounding open terrain can ensure smooth communication with the Earth, and easy to go out to explore.
  • Given that a lunar camp may not be built all at once, and will need to be continuously docked with Earth to ensure subsequent resources, it would be more effective to develop a camp at the equator, where topography is less of an issue.
  • There are rich mineral resources in the lunar sea area near the equator on the front of the globe, which provides conditions for resource exploitation; and ilmenite is abundant in this area, which also provides conditions for oxygen production.
2.2 How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques, materials and your design choices.

We provide our equipment in two ways, first by carrying rockets to the landing areas of the moon and then by means of vehicles to the camp areas, secondly, we completed some small equipment by 3D printer. Our camp was supposed to be airtight and extensible, so we needed new spliced equipment, and our equipment uses titanium alloy to effective heat insulation. Our equipment will use a double titanium alloy, the middle is filled with silica aerogel, Silica aerogel is up to 97% porous, meaning light can pass through the material, and the interconnected nanolayers of silica block infrared radiation, it slows down the heat transfer.

2.3 The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them. (maximum 150 words)

Our moon camp will be a fully enclosed environment designed to withstand radiation pressure or temperature extremes from outer space, with a fully functional detection system for all locations both inside and outside the camp.

We plan to set up a meteorite observation system to prevent meteorite impacts. If there are meteorites coming, the base will give an alarm and send a signal to the Earth. Our astronaut will be evacuated from the base in an emergency lunar rover equipped with supplies and equipment to communicate with Earth.

We will also be equiping the moon camp with a heat shield and heat exchange system and a pressure stabilization system, These systems rely on solar panels to store electricity and monitor the external environment in real time to ensure constant temperature and pressure.

2.4 Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:

We get water from lunar ice, and surface ice in permanently Shadowed craters on the moon would be the most accessible source of hydrogen and oxygen. Mirrors are used to reflect sunlight to melt ice, while water vapor is captured through the dome above the lunar crater. Or, a stove could be attached to the probe to heat the cold soil to get moisture.

Astronauts can grow food in the closed ecosystem of the moon camp, as well as crops in the water, using white and red LED lights that change the mineral and vitamin content of the plants by adjusting the light. The plants can reuse waste and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Photovoltaic cells generate electricity, while solar concentrators generate heat. Lasers can transfer energy from sunlight to shade, and solar-powered electrolyzers can split water into oxygen and hydrogen, which can then be used to make fuel or fed into fuel cells at night

Oxygen can be obtained from lunar soil. Sunlight concentrators, known as mirrors and prisms, generate high temperatures that release oxygen from metal oxides. But the process requires hydrogen, which must be brought back from Earth if the moon’s ice cannot be extracted. Carbon dioxide can also be captured from the atmosphere and stored in a large container by extracting oxygen from the regolith.

2.5 Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp.

Our purpose is divided into four points.

  1. The moon camp will provides a safe and secure shelter for future human space exploration.
  2. The moon is rich in both metallic and nonmetallic resources: iron, titanium, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, sodium and silver oxide. Most of these resources exist in the form of oxides, which can be separated and used as materials and oxidants for spacecraft.
  3. As a scientific research base to explore the moon, while allowing human beings to further explore outer space.
  4. The first step towards a human presence on the moon, the future is developed over time and relies on permanent camps and powerful transport facilities, It is expected to enter space tourism.
3.1 Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.

8: 00-9:00 when I woke up in the morning, I put on my spacesuit, picked up my mobile phone and looked at today’s weather forecast. Of course, I’m not looking at whether it will rain today, but where meteorites may fall today. Today, it is predicted that meteorites may fall in the west of the base, reminding me not to go to the area. Then I came to the restaurant and looked at the green vegetables. I felt incredible. It turned out that we had mastered the technology of how to grow vegetables on the moon.

9: 00-12:00 after breakfast, I came to the command center of the base to ask about today’s affairs. My assigned task today is patrol. Following me out of the command center, I first came to the power plant, where rows of solar panels are neatly placed, and they also change with the direction of sunlight. Then I heard some noise in the distance. It turned out that the water plant and oxygen generator were working.

12: 00-13:00 I came to the restaurant again to enjoy the plants we cultivated.

13: 00-14:00 I returned to my capsule for an hour’s lunch break.

14: 00-19:00 I got up and went to a greenhouse full of plants. It was originally a place for vegetable planting.

19: 00-20:00 the task of the day was completed soon. I ate and went to the restaurant for dinner

20: 00-21:00 I went to the gym for exercise to ensure that my body is full of vitality

From 21:00 to 21:30, I reported to my superiors what I did today and what I saw and heard

After 9:30, I went to bed and waited to get up at 8 o’clock tomorrow to continue my task

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