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nishakara - helium-3 research lunar camp

moon is our gateway to the outer space that is why we chose it as a helium-3 research facility. helium-3 is a gas that can be processed into fuel which will be needed to travel further and further. it is quiet natural that moon can be transformed into earth's fueling station.
for landing location, mare crisium was chosen, a known terrain due to numerous apollo and luna landing sites combined with already made excavations sites.

mission: nishakara
destination: moon
objective: helium-3 research
population: 2
mission lenght: 4 months
location: mare crisium
transport: starship by spacex
cargo: nishakara habitat,
nuclear reactor, rover

nishakara is an octagonal habitation system with 3 main expansions.
fully folded module [6x6m] easily fits into starship’s cargo area [8m radius].
foldable parts are based on origami
structures, inspired by traditional japanese folding fan.
instead of traditional airlock, habitat, has been equipped with two spacesuit docks and security hatches from the inside.
thanks to expansion abilities of the habitat we can obtain 110 cubic meters/per person [net - without system].

fully folded module:
total volume: 155 cubic meters
unfolding module:
total volume: 323 cubic meters
fully unfolded module:
total volume: 365 cubic meters, volume net: 220 cum [110/per person], system volume: 145 cum

moon camp is powered by
nuclear reactor thanks to it’s strong power efficiency.
the encampment is predicted to become an helium-3 reasearch facility.
main lab, which is located in the ‘north wing’ of the habitat, is equipped with exterior robotic arms system.
one of the best ways to obtain new sampels is via rover, without taking the risk.
interior of the habitat is predicted to be fully deployable. areas such as kitchen or hygiene room are located inside octagonal core, due to system

the moon habitat is made of materials which are already in practice and use [ISS]:
origami structures - kevlar
core material - high grade steel

nishakara is is fully protected by a regolith shield.
the protection shield is created by lava casting construction technique.
molten regolith [on site material] is formed from bottom to top creating multi-layerd moon dunes, a natural skin protecting the inner core from
micrometerides or radiation.

the project was created during AAKA space architecture workshop.