Describe your Moon Camp project.
Our project on the Moon aims to open new horizons for a better knowledge of the moon and space. Creating a functional dome on the moon would be a big step for science and humanity. Our project combines comfort with the needs of science, creating a perfect space for researchers to help humanity.
In the first phase of the project, a rocket, containing robots and technology that helps robots build the base, will be launched on the surface of the moon. In the second phase, researchers from all branches of science will stay on the moon base. The dome will be perfect for their exploration so they will fulfill their mission on the moon. The mission is intended to help the development of science and the advancement of technology in space research.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
We chose the location of our moon camp in the South Pole region of the Moon, as it is more than suitable for research missions. The region is permanently touched by sunlight, making it ideal for energy harvesting. The interior of the craters is shaded, favoring the existence of frozen deposits, which may contain fossils dating back to the Moon’s formation period. Also, the South Pole contains large deposits of oxygen, iron, silica, hydrogen, magnesium, calcium, aluminum, titanium, manganese, the first three being more abundant. The lunar North Pole region exhibits a much lower quantity of similarly sheltered craters.
The exact location of our moon camp lies between the Cabeus B and Amundsen Craters; following the LCROSS Mission, water was confirmed to exist in large quantities in the Cabeus Crater. We chose to place our base on the outside of the crater, as the inside is too cold and dark.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.
We will build the moon camp during the first mission. The required materials will be landed separately: 20 solar panels (2.3 x 0.86 meters), 2 Kilopower generators, 3 types of robots, and 7 inflatable domes should suffice. The robots will do all the building work: one robot designed for collecting regolith, built like a vacuum that absorbs the regolith. The second one will take the regolith from the first one and dry-press bricks 30 x 15 x 15 cm in size. The third robot will take the bricks with an extendable arm which can reach up to 7 meters high. This helps it place bricks around the inflatable dome.
The robots will be autonomous; they work according to an algorithm but for redundancy reasons, all robots will have cameras onboard and, if something goes wrong, can be remotely controlled from Earth. They will also have navigation sensors to help them orient in the field.