(1st place) ESA Moon Challenge – HECATE project
Type: International Competition: ESA Moon Challenge
Collaboration: Space is More, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, University of Stratchclyde, The Pennsylvania State University, Universita La Spienza, University of Kyoto
Team: Marilena Di Carlo, Daniele Barbera, Davide Conte, Agata Mintus, Juan Manuel Romero Martin, Dorota Budzyń, Lorenzo Teofili, Szymon Gryś, Jonathan Jamieson, Craig Hay, Thomas Lund, Nauromi Ikeday, Renato Volpe, Douglas Fleming
Topics: Lunar mission, Tele-operation Space-gate for deep space missions
The project presents a complex design of the international space mission HECATE (Human Exploration of Cis-lunar space via Assets Tele-operated from EML-2), aming for exploration of the far side of the Moon in 2020s. The concept suggests exploration of the lunar surface via tele-robotic activities, controlled from a space habitat (HOPE) in a halo orbit around the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2. Inside the station, astronauts perform tele-robotic exploration, scientific experiments and sample return of the lunar surface as well as 3D printing experiments with space resources. HOPE could also be considered for reusing as a platform for future deep space exploration.
The station is composed of three modules: Brave, Companion and Tortuga. First two, create the initial space of 152m3, which after further launches from Earth is expanded by 330m3 of inflatable module from the private company Bigelow Aerospace, B330. Based on the approach towards readiness and feasibility, Brave module is designed in a cryogenic fuel tank developed by NASA and Boeing and provides basic habitable space. Companion is the service module equipped with the Environment and Control Life Support System (ECLSS), toilet unit, exercise machines and transit space allowing astronauts to access other modules. Tortuga module, compared to the others, provides a multifunctional open space for additional group activities, tele-operation, experiments and communication.