Two years ago, the Martian base project called Dome by Innspace from Wrocław was awarded in the famous First Colony on Mars competition in the USA (Look here) and won the Gold Winner title in the Future Mars Life competition in China (Look here). Students composed of: Łukasz Sokołowski, Beata Suścicka, Justyna Pelc, Magdalena Łabowska and Piotr Torchała presented a concept that uses the latest technological achievements and natural conditions on Mars.
Now we are getting great news about taking the high 4th position in another prestigious competition, namely Moon Base Design, which is about building a base on a natural satellite of our planet. The Innspace team decided to bet on the benefits of 3D printing and on one of the most useful creatures functioning on our planet, i.e. sea algae.
The project assumes a quick construction of the base in this decade. It is to accommodate 2-3 crews of astronauts and use the natural resources of the Moon and technologies provided from Earth. The first lunar habitat would be built inside Shackleton’s crater, where water ice was discovered some time ago. Thanks to it, it will be possible to obtain water, oxygen and fuel to power the devices.
The Xors base is to consist of 4 modules. Here, the designers were inspired by inflatable modules for the International Space Station from Bigelow Aerospace. Each segment will be covered with lunar regolith. Its purpose is to protect the interior from radiation and temperature differences.
Interestingly, the Poles, consisting of: Justyna Pelc, Piotr Torchała, Magdalena Łabowska, Beata Suścicka, Łukasz Sokołowski, Małgorzata Popiel, Hubert Gross, Arkadiusz Kołodziej, Ewa Borowska, Aleksandra Wilczyńska, Michał Garus, Cyrus Sidor and Marcin Zieliński, decided to use the enormous potential inherent in algae, cyanobacteria or microalgae. Whole colonies of microorganisms will perform the function of producing oxygen and converting faeces into fertilizers for space gardens.
Algae are an important element of life support systems. A mix of specially selected microorganisms, including bacteria, cyanobacteria and microalgae, performs the functions of wastewater treatment and other water pollutants. Microgolons are also to be used as an element of equipment for residential modules. Contact with terrestrial nature is supposed to have a soothing effect on everyday life outside Earth.
After many successes in space competitions, the Innspace team did not rest on their laurels. Poles are already in the process of advanced work on the design of the first base on Venus. As the surface of this planet is under extreme conditions for biological life, the first base is to be created in the atmosphere. The latest research on this planet shows that some places not only have the right pressure, but also the right temperatures.
Source: GeekWeek.pl/Innspace/Hoya Lens Poland / Photo. Innspace / Hoya Lens Poland
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