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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: ASEA Pioneers

Aerospace Explorers Academy  Kerman    Iran 17, 15   6 / 0
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Project description

Our Moon camp is in the Nobile crater under the Moon’s surface. Nobile crater provides us with ice, sunlight, and regolith. Regolith will be mined to create our Moon camp. This crater will be isolated from radiations and asteroids with a Shield. This shield is transparent and protects the Moon camp from asteroids and radiations. The Moon camp always has sunlight except when Earth is between Sun and the Moon. This camp uses full sunlight potential for farming and making the camp’s temperature normal. Solar panels on Moon’s surface provide us with electrical power. Our Moon camp has empty areas in the Nobile crater that can be used for constructing extra buildings.

The astronaut’s mind and body health are important, so the monitoring tasks will be done by them. Robots and rovers will do most of the tasks outside the camp to lower astronauts’ contact with radiation and Moon’s dangerous surface. Astronauts should exercise daily to decrease the risk of muscle atrophy. They are free to contact their families and friends after doing all the daily tasks.

The Moon camp’s purpose is business and scientific, so tasks like sample collecting is done often. An Interferometer telescope shaped by rovers on the moon’s surface and some other rover to map the Moon’s layers. Regolith selling and crypto mining is the camp’s business purpose.

2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

The lunar South Pole is the southernmost point on the Moon, at 90°S. It is of special interest to scientists because of the occurrence of water ice in permanently shadowed areas around it. The lunar south pole region features craters that are unique in that the near-constant sunlight does not reach their interior. Such craters are cold traps that contain a fossil record of hydrogen, water ice, and other volatiles dating from the early Solar System. In contrast, the lunar north pole region exhibits a much lower quantity of similarly sheltered craters. And we chose one of the pits created by the meteorite called Nobile, this is the ideal location for a future base camp given its potential access to ice and other mineral resources. /NASA reference

2.2 How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques, materials and your design choices.

Considering that we will build the lunar camp in a pit created by a meteorite, the main idea is to build it inside the pit. First, we use a 3D printer to build, and we use lunar soil regolith (magnesium, calcium, aluminum, manganese, titanium, iron, silicon, oxygen, hydrogen) to make the glass and materials needed for the camps. We use the tunnel that is to be created to enter and exit the pit. In the first stage, we use it as a mine and use its material, and in the next stage, at the beginning and end of the tunnel, we use Airlock. We do this so that we can create an atmosphere inside the pit. We intend to use glass and water as the roof of this pit, which has five layers, one layer of glass from the top, the next layer of water, and the last 3 layers of glass, respectively, and this prevents the entry of harmful sunlight. And water acts as a divergent lens, warming and illuminating the interior due to the atmosphere. A robot is moving on the glass and repairs it if a problem arises.

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 protect the residents from these dangers with a shield. This shield will be printed with a 3D printer, with the materials that could be extracted from Moon’s surface. The shield has five layers. The upper layer is Tesla armor glass. Tesla armor glass is the strongest glass in the world which is created with boric and silica and oxide that will be provided from Moon. The third layer is water, which helps us block Sun’s radiation, and also spreads the sun’s light under the shield. The last layers are again Tesla armor glasses, that will avoid water leaking. All layers are transparent, so there is always sunlight and heat.

Inspector robot is a specific robot for checking shield’s safety or fixing leaks on the first layer using its 3D printer. Inspector robot is always available on Moon’s surface to make the Moon camp safe.

2.4 Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
Water
Food
Power
Air

Due to the location of the camp on the south pole of the moon, we have access to a large amount of ice. So, we will have drilling rigs and rovers to extract and transport ice to the camp. This operation is performed three times a week to supply the camp with water without any problems. In the camp, we first melt the ice and then filter it. After purification, we use the water for personal use, cooling systems, and agriculture. Some water is also prepared by purifying the astronauts’ urine. Some Part of the water is also electrolyzed and its oxygen is used to breathe and regulate the camp air.

For the first few days of the month, we will take food with us for a few days. Since our camp is very large, we will have a lot of land for agriculture, so we can produce a lot of products. We chose the aeroponic system for agriculture and used it to grow and produce different crops such as plants, protein crops, sugar plants, and vitamin plants. Sunlight reaches the plants well from the roof of the residence. In the aeroponic method, a little water is needed and this will be to our advantage.

All energy in the camp is supplied by solar panels outside the Nobile crater. Because we are on the south pole of the moon, the sun shines on us forever, so we will not be in darkness Unless the earth is placed between the moon and the sun. However, we put support batteries inside the camp to store some of the generated electricity, and if there is a problem with the panel system or the generation and transmission of electricity, nothing will happen to the camp.

The air and oxygen of the camp will be supplied in several ways, for the first days, the oxygen needed for a few days will be taken from the Earth for astronauts. Then, when the camp’s reconnaissance devices and rovers are set up, some of the ice that is extracted goes to the air regulator. Water oxygen is separated by electrolysis and injected into the camp air or stored in capsules. There is also a second method: Molten salt electrolysis. This method involves mixing the Regolith at high temperatures with calcium chloride, and then, as current flows through the mixture, oxygen is collected around the anode where it is harvested. Algae can also produce a lot of oxygen, so Some algae are planted on the camp farm to produce oxygen.

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

The main purpose of our moon camp is going to be scientific and also used for business purposes.

In order to achieve our scientific purposes two things are going to be done, first 3 rovers are going to be settled in different places carrying different modules shaping an Interferometer telescope on the Moon’s surface. As the modules are on rovers, they are portable so the telescope can change places.

Secondly, rovers for mapping the Moon’s surface and the lower surfaces are going to be provided

For business, regolith (moon soil) is collected and useful minerals are going to be compiled and sold to buyers from Earth. Crypto miners are taken to Moon and placed in clod places to function for business purposes.

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

The astronauts’ day plans are defined in two shifts, morning and evening: the morning shift of each group of two people, one day in between, become prepared for EVA to check camp external systems, And the afternoon program is to check the camp internal foot life systems. astronauts wake up at 6:30 after 8 hours of sleep, then after taking care of hygiene factors of their choice according to water rationing. Then astronauts will do some exercise daily, this will be useful for them. After doing exercise they will gather to have a morning meal at 7:15 which is produced on the camp farm like Protein and vitamins products. Then, at 7:30 a group of two astronauts will be prepared for EVA and gathering samples and checking rovers that are working outside the camp and the robot capable of cleaning the glass. During the EVA, astronauts have to check the camp systems which are: 1- solar panels, astronauts must check them and be sure that the solar panels have no problem generating electricity and also transferring this electricity to the camp. 2- ice extraction tools and robots, as part of our camp’s climate production, is through ice smelting and refining, this operation will be very vital for us so we need to be well aware of its performance. The EVA will be done by 13, so the astronauts will come back to the camp to have lunch and get rest. After lunch, it’s time to send the report of a day from the last noon to today’s noon to the ESA. In the afternoon, first at 16:30, the crew has to exercise for an hour. At 17:45, an internal foot-life system such as 1- farm and food production 2- air production and Purification system, and 3- water production and Purification system. From 19:30 to 22 is free time for the astronauts to spend their time how as they want. Then, they have to go to sleep.

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