S4 ICT students embarked on a cosmic adventure as part of the Moon Camp Explorers project run by the European Space Agency and the Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. Each team’s mission was to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Tinkercad and explain their project in a written report to the expert jury. Moon Camp designs needed to sustain at least 2 astronauts and keep them safe from hazards and the vacuum of space. The project needed to include local resources, technological solutions, protection, and living and working facilities for the astronauts. A jury composed of ESA, Airbus Foundation and Autodesk experts will select the winning teams based on the quality of the design and report submitted.
Thanks for our ICT teachers Ms Iakovidou and Mr Arevalo for this unique learning opportunity.
Gustavo and Hugo
We decided to make the Moon Camp on the Shackleton crater because of its exposure to almost continuous sunlight, and also it has a good depth. Therefore, we don't need to dig to create the underground “bunker”. We can only build over it. The base consists of 7 domes. The six small external domes house the fuel cells, the greenhouses, the gym, and an empty room for storage or other alternative uses. The main central dome is a plaza or a central hub filled with trees and oxygen producers. It is a place where people can relax and contemplate the space and surroundings of the moon.
Kenza and Flore
On the terrain of the moon, you can find three necessary rooms which are connected to each other: the middle one is called the green house which also has the main entrance. On the right, there is a control room which has water, oxygen and electricity controls and a communication room. On the left, there is a laboratory room. Around these 3 main rooms, there is ice, solar panels, antennas and a place for the rocket.
Olivier and Cyril
The 3D-printed regolith gives structure and stability to the inner part of the pods and prevents the airproof ‘shell’ from bursting. The water and hydrogen tanks are very close to the pods to limit the radiation and radiation-protecting materials are used. If the energy of the solar panels is sufficient, there can be an installation in the middle of the camp hosting big magnets making an artificial magnetic field to stop the radiation around the camp. There are also doors between the rooms and the corridors that can be locked to protect the astronauts in case of air loss.
Roxane and Olivia
Our moon camp is like a small city on earth on the moon. It is located on the surface of the moon. It contains a science lab for experiments, a communication room to send every information to the earth, a living area for the astronauts (beds, bathrooms, living room). A green house to provide food, A gym so that the astronauts stay in shape. And Landing pads.
Stelio, Maxime and Antoine
Our moon camp will have one main base with 4 bedrooms for astronauts, one laboratory, one gymnastic, one greenhouse… Outside the main base will be one cleaner of dirty water so that absolutely no water go out of the base (there will be always the same amount of water in the base). There will also be an extractor of lunar materials in lunar regolith (ilmenite, hydrogen, iron, and oxygen). There will also be solar panels and a solar thermal energy recovery system. On the top of the mons Pico will be a parabolic antenna to communicate with Earth.