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.
Moon is the best place to study and discover another planet. We can just use this ability when we live there. But we don’t have any place on the moon with life conditions. Now with moon camp, we can make a place with living conditions on the moon. Moon has a large surface for discovering and because of this, we design the “mobile camp” so it can move around the moon. Our structure is modular so if one part is damaged we can easily change or repair it. And also when we need extra part then we can add a new part to it very quickly. In the beginning, we have six modules, the truck module that carries our mobile camp, restroom module that is used for resting, laboratory module that is used for research, power module, storage module for storing food, water, etc., greenhouse module for producing foods.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
At first, we should land near the South Pole Lava pipes, and start manufacturing the structure of the mobile camp in the Lava pipes, because on the moon surface we are in danger! For fabricating structural, we use 3d printer with Nano polymer as the main material and a layer of aluminum for strength and protection. Our mobile camp can move around the moon surface so it’s very useful because astronauts can go and explore all around the moon .They can also camp and apply the camping advantages of our mobile camp for a while for example the communication with earth and robots or other astronauts. We will use radio antennas because they are so simple with a lot of advantages and also because of our mobile camp ability to move astronauts or robots should not get away too much from camp. Normally 4-6 astronauts are living in mobile camp.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.
Manufacture of our mobile camp will be in lava pipes with 3d printers but they have no power so we should put solar panels on the moon surface for the manufacturing stage. Our main material is Nano polymer and a layer of aluminum. At first 3d printer should print parts carefully and then our robots will put the aluminum surface. Our structure has six parts for building, at first, we will make the restroom because astronauts should have a place for resting and living. The second part is the greenhouse because we can start producing food and air rapidly. Then we build storage to save food and water. The third part is laboratory then they can start to explore from lava pipes in the moon. After that, we will make the power part and the other parts. After we make all parts, we can come out from lava pipes and explore!
We have two solutions to produce water for astronauts at the moon camp. The first and most important solution to produce our necessary water at the moon is to use moon poles ice! So because of our moon camp abilities and advantages like being mobile, we have access to moon poles for that ice water. So we can gather them and use them for drinking water or just store them at our storage part. The second solution is that we can recycle over 90% of the water used at the moon camp for washing or anything.
To produce food at moon camp we have several solutions. The most important solution is that we can grow plants in our greenhouse parts that are equipped with double-layer glass, and movable iron roof over it to protect glasses from asteroids impacts. We can open them in camping condition to use natural sunlight and also lamps for moving condition to help save energy. On the other way, we can use some prefabricated machines in our mobile camp lunch room that they produce small special supplementary tablets. These pills are included of any vital substance needed for health.
For power generation, we have the power module that when the mobile camp is moving, the solar panels will fix in their special place at the top part of the power part. But in camping condition power part will be the photovoltaic powerhouse that equipped by solar panels with a tracking mechanism so they can follow the sun every hour and we have Battery storage in this part. And also we have at least two solar panels on the top of every mobile camp parts so we can produce a large amount of energy to use or store them in our batteries.
To produce air at moon camp we can gather and use the oxygen produced by photosynthesis of algae or other plants that we grow at the greenhouses. And also we will use these plants for food. The other solution to produce air is that we can electrolyze the wastewater of our mobile camp into oxygen and hydrogen with special machines then use oxygen for our mobile camp air and use hydrogen for rocket fuel.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Which materials would you use?
The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them.
For the protection of our mobile camp, we have different solutions. At first to protect our camp from small meteorites and solar flares we use Nano polymers for main material because it’s safe against danger of meteorite impact or solar flares and a layer of aluminum in each mobile camp parts so they can easily confront solar flares and small meteorites. And also we use two-layers of glass and water between either of each glass parts. We use water because the water is so useful for protection from solar flares. But for large and huge meteorites we have other solution. Our solution is that because of mobile capability of our camp, we can detect large meteorites and easily and quickly change our place before the meteorite hit the moon surface. And also every mobile camp parts are equipped by airlocks to prevent air leakage and depressurization.
Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.
Today is the End of manufacturing stage at South Pole Lava pipes. Our astronaut wakes up with a buzzer and does his personal tasks like washing and brushing his hair, etc. He eats breakfast from vegetables, fruits, and grains harvested from our greenhouse part and then he goes to the gym part for exercise. The astronaut moves to the lab for experiments and scientific research about the place where the camp has been established for this period of time and studies some other important issues Such as; 1. Stem cell growth (the function of broad worms is similar to the proliferation of stem cells) 2. Testing on compound fish (the study of the reaction of microbes and internal bacteria of compound fish under weightlessness) 3. Searching to find the main substances of Dark matter (about 27% of the world’s total mass is made up of dark matter) 4. DNA sequencing (Determining the sequence of DNA which plays an important role in identifying diseases and helping to treat them) 5. Going to the observatory (studying about stars, planets, the movements of large asteroids which may threaten the purposed places for mobile camping points). After that, the astronaut does farming and taking care of plants in the greenhouse while studying about their growth and functions.
The clock shows the noon time. Our Astronaut will have lunch made up from the meat produced in the lab and the plants which are grown in the greenhouse part. Then, he goes to the gym part for a light physical exercises.
In the afternoon, he goes to the lava pipe in South Pole which is called “Aitken Basin” to explore more about it. He brings some ice water from there for drinking purposes and producing oxygen through electrolysis method. Taking some samples of rocks and soil to the camp are the other duties which should be attended today. Then, he tries to get acquainted with the area and mark some points on his map to update his findings and use the data in his daily reports.
It is the evening time. Our astronaut has passed a successful day. He writes his daily reports and send them to the Earth. He allocates some time for personal works such as communicating with Family or watching some funny videos or recording some clips from his environments. Then, he goes to sleep in his sleeping bag at the resting part.
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