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.
Our base is called “Selene” and its main purpose is to serve scientific discoveries. It’s suited for 2 astronauts but it can be easily expanded and serve more people. It’s built from 8 components, each of them can support life up to a week in case of emergency. Segments are connected to each other with corridors with hermetic door so that a given component can be isolated from others in case of fire or pressure decrease. In the entrance to our camp there is a “vacuum” that cleans astronauts from lunar soil.
We also have rovers that are powered by solar panels (placed on the top of them) and their batteries are built with graphen aerogel so that they can be fast and easily charged and the lifespan of a battery will be long.
Mesaurements of each component are 5m x 5m x 3m.
Facilities in our base: 3D printer, medical table (that on daily basis is laboratory table) with robot for remote surgeries, bookcase, aquarium
2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
We want our camp to be located on the edge of the crater “Shackelton” in the South Pole of the Moon. This region is advantageous for many reasons – there is a lot of sunlight to support our solar panels, there is also iced water in huge quantities that can be used in the base. Moreover, the Artemis mission is already heading there.
2.2 How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques, materials and your design choices.
The construction of our base is divided into 4 phases.
Phase 1: The rovers are sent to moon to search for right place and to flatten the surface if needed. Along with rovers the solar panels will be sent to supply energy for further construction.
Phase 2: Sending pieces for components that will be built on earth and rovers with 3D copiers to start the main construcion. The first things to be built are living residence, greenhouse and bathroom and then the rest.
Phase 3: Sending spiruline, seedlings, UV lamps and sprinkers for the greenhouse to start functioning. Attaching solar panels to the construction so that the energy is already provided.
Phase 4: Shortly after phase 3 the astronauts are sent to the base with furniture and additional things and fishes. They will the finishing touches and they will instal the hydrogen battery.
The base will be built from the same materials as the ISS so alluminium, titanum, teflon, high-grade steel. To build the glass walls of greenhouse we will use polycarbonate.
2.3 The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them. (maximum 150 words)
In each corridor there are hermetic doors so that, in case of emerency, a segment can be isolated and then repaired without disturbing much the life in “Selene”. Additionally if the corridor is damaged there is always a second corridor connecting the segments(from the attic). Each component has a oxygen bottle and some packed food on the attic in case an astronaut is trapped there. The base will be well-isolated to protect the astronauts from the extreme temperatures. Our base will be covere with 0.5 meter lunar soil to protect astonauts from dangerous radiation. to protect “Selene” from small meteorites there will be a laser detector installed that will destroy the meteorites before they hit the ground.
2.4 Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
To provide our astonauts with water our rovers will crush the ice on moon and transport it to the container where the water will be melted and filtered. Then the water will be transported to the base. Additionally, the water will be reused as much as possible. Urine will be filtered to add water to the system and minerals to the plants in the greenhouse. Also the water produced as the product of the reaction from hydrogen battery will be trasnported to the base. Yearly we will need to gain more than 110 tons of water.
Greenhouse is divided into four segments each representing different season so that the astronauts will have have food all year long. to provide the astronauts with balanced diet we will grow green beans, soya, peas, chickpeas, potatoes, beetroots and avocado. To fertilize the plants we will use minerals extarcted from the astronauts utilities. We will also send them porridege from earth as well as other dry and long lasting supplies. In the aquarium we will grow mackerels, herring and sardines as well as spiruline.
To supply our base with electicity we will use solar panels ( about 50% of the energy needed will be taken from them) as welll as highly energetic hydrogen battery.
Main source of air in the base will be the spiruline floating in the aquarium. We will also get oxygen from the plants astronauts will grow. Apart from it rovers can mine the moon rocks as the oxygen is said to be there. In case of emergency the oxygen can be taken from the battery thus reducing its lifespan. However the nitrogen (which is also a part of the air we breathe) will be sent from Earth.
2.5 Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp.
The main purpose of our base is to do research. The astonauts will discover the moon dark side and watch the deep sky throw the telescope. The base can also be a starting point in human expantion to the Mars.
3.1 Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.
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