Describe your Moon Camp project.
The moon camp project is an initiative devoted to the more in-depth study of the moon and the possibility of installing human outposts outside the Earth.
A lunar base would be used for various researches: the more in-depth study of the Moon, its composition and formation (discovering more about the history of our satellite also means knowing more about the origins of the Earth), the effects on the human body in its different aspects, that is psychological, physiological and social in living in such an extreme environment, moreover an environment so far from the earth would allow astronomical observation without interference caused by atmosphere and radio signals.
Our version was designed with the aim of hosting three astronauts, as three is the minimum number of people to carry out maintenance, scientific experiments and the maintenance of healthy psychological support. In addition to the modules for survival in our moon camp, the following are included: a radio telescope, a rover for the extraction of lunar samples and useful materials and a laboratory.
Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
Our project involves positioning the base at the south pole of the moon, the south pole is one of the best places to land for several reasons: the presence of solid state water has been confirmed, which can be used for drinking but we can also separate it and use the oxygen to breathe and hydrogen as a propellant, another advantage is that the poles spend more time than other parts of the Moon in the sun (solar energy is the main source of energy for our base) and for this the temperature is one of the best (0 / -50 °) compared to the extreme temperatures on the rest of the surface, moreover on the south pole of the moon there is a clear presence of a strong past meteorite activity, which allows a great variety of minerals and metals that we can reuse.
How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques and materials you would use.
Our moon camp is designed to be built inside a lunar mountain, therefore the construction of the structure is divided into three phases:
initially, before the arrival of the astronauts, rovers are sent to dig in the mountain, then the main structure is built and the walls are created using 3D printing methods (the material used to print consists mainly of regolith and metal alloys extracted from the lunar soil itself), the interior of the main structure is then covered with aluminum alloy plates to define the habitable volume and make it airtight, subsequently the first astronauts to arrive at the moon camp are responsible for the installation of the equipment and furniture.
In total, our moon-camp consists of a central circular room that connects nine modules and an airlock.