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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: Copernicus550

Technikum Łączności im. prof. dr inż. Janusza Groszkowskiego  Warsaw    Poland 16, 17, 18   6 / 0
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Project description

The main goal of our project was to build a safe and attractive lunar(lub Moon) base in a good place for further space exploration. The Moon camp would be a hybrid place. Once it could be used mainly for science and lunar exploration and even  for tourism.

We wanted to create the best possible conditions for people to live in it with the use of the 3D printers (brought  from Earth) and robotic arms to work on the Moon instead of humans.

A great thing for tourists would be: bright, warm and well equipped rooms and even a swimming pool. The essentials like water, food and oxygen  would be produced on a cockroach farm and hydroponic cultivation of edible plants.

We named the base after Nicolaus Copernicus, a great astronomer and a specialist in many fields of science. Scientists on the Moon also need to be experts in many fields of science to survive in hard conditions far from Earth. The camp would be a place for many scientific researches but also a transfer point overlooking the Earth for future distant travels in the Solar System, the one that Nicolaus Copernicus discovered.

2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?

For the location of our base we chose the Clavius crater, located on the southern hemisphere of the Moon. This is the location where NASA Sofia confirmed the existence of water particles. The Clavius substrate features some pretty interesting terrain after meteorite impacts.The most famous of such places is the curved chain of craters. While there, we would search for lumps of ice in the most shaded areas of the crater where the meteorites might have fallen in the past.

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

Part of the base could be built by robots and machines that would arrive on the Moon before humans. In the first place, the garages would be built for the machines. The garages would be a shelter for them in case of any emergency. At this stage of the project, the first solar panels would be also built in order to store necessary energy in the batteries. Radio communications with the Earth would be provided by landers. Robots taking part in the mission would be able to modify themselves depending on current needs. For example they could change their arm from printing to digging.  These robots, assisted by huge printers, would be responsible for creating the residential part of the complex. 

 

In the next stages of the works the technical part of the object would be created – a room for plant cultivation or a place for regolith processing. During the building of the habitat, we would use a small crater in which the central part of the base would be embedded. Much of the material used by the printers would be regolith. In addition, machines arriving on the Moon would be gathering required materials, such as ice and other raw materials, around the base. A special blend of regolith and cellulose brought from our planet would be used to print sunlight-permeable walls. After landing on the silver globe, the men and women would bring the base to its final appearance and finally transport the resources brought there by rocket from Earth.

Life of the humans on the Moon should follow a predetermined schedule.

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

We used layered options in the construction of each room. It not only protects against meteorite impacts, but also radiation. Due to the fact that there is a vacuum between the layers, our base doesn’t have to use additional energy to heat the rooms. Once heated, rooms do not cool down. Any defects in the outer walls caused by meteorite impacts would be quickly repaired by robots and 3D printers. Air would be prevented from escaping from the base by sealed hatches located between the various facilities of the base to which crew would have access. Additional comfort would be provided by intelligent circulation of water, air and heat. There are water and air tanks at the lower part of our base. There is also a rechargeable battery which is an additional power source. In addition, in each room we placed a storage locker containing: a first aid kit, AED, oxygen cylinders, spacesuit and a fire extinguisher. There would be also a sophisticated base alarm system in case of any danger . It could alert about different threats like for instance: a meteor shower. In addition, our antennas would provide radio communication with all robots, crews and engineers from the Earth.

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

Much of the water supplies would be provided from the Earth. The rest would be produced from the ice found on the lunar surface. The ice would be cleaned, collected and stored in containers.

Much of it would be supplied regularly from the Earth. The rest would be produced at the moon camp. It would be a diet enriched with algae, edible plants and worms.

Would be provided mainly by solar panels and atomic batteries transported from the Earth. It would be later enriched by polonium captured on the Moon. Surplus of electricity will be stored in the batteries. Heating and other electrical appliances would be managed by intelligent control systems.

It will be supplied in cylinders from the Earth. Air will be extracted in chemical reactions from regolith. It will be filtered and purified constantly. Numerous algae and plant crops will moisturize the air.

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

The main idea of the base was to use it in different ways. The central part would be nice, comfortable and spacious. It could serve for both commercial and scientific purposes thanks to the laboratory which would be located there.

The superb technical section of the base, equipped with the high-tech machines, robots and off-road vehicles would allow for exploration of the Moon on a scale never before imagined. The view of  the Earth itself would be an unforgettable experience.

A gym, spacious rooms, a swimming pool, and an earth-like setup would allow astronauts to take care of their mental and physical condition. Laboratories, farms and crops would provide residents with a constant flow of various activities.

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

6:00 – 7:00 Gymnastics, toilet and breakfast.
7:00 – 7:30 Receiving reports and messages from the crew on Earth.
7:30 – 9:00 Would be planned for the base round, during which the astronauts would make minor repairs, collect reports from external sensors, and from the control room they would check the condition of the robots in order to repair them later in case of failure. Caring for algae and plants.

9:00- 9:30 Free time e.g. relaxation, taking shower or having a small meal.
9:30 – 11:00 Lab work. Performing researches ordered from Earth or examining samples brought by rovers.
11:00 – 11:30  Second breakfast for the whole crew together.
11:30 – 13:30 Essential lunar robot repairs and maintenance work.
13:30 – 15:00 Resting. Contacting with loved ones.
15:00- 16:30 Next training. Astronauts would have to choose between the pool located on the top floor of the habitat or a gym with treadmills, ladders and dumbbells.

16:30-17:00 Free time.
17:00 – 18:15 Taking care of the crops and farms located in the „honeycombs” on the ground and the floor below the surface.
18:15- 19:00 Self-testing of the health condition in the lab for every member of the crew.

19:00 – 20:00 Having a dinner together. The whole crew together.
20:00 –  21:00 Time to send to the Earth the reports of the daily base operations.
21:00-22:00 Setting equipment parameters for night mode. Free time, people could spend it exercising, swimming or watching movies.
22:00 – 6:00 Sleeping.
The above daily schedule is just an example. During your stay at the base, many unforeseen and accidental events can happen.
There will be a shift work system in the base so that in case of trouble one of the station’s residents will always be able to react immediately.

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