Sanjay Addepalli's Project
I am Sanjay Addepalli from 9th grade. I live in Dubai, U.A.E and I am 13 years old. I am very passionate about space facts and I like researching about space. My hobbies are playing cricket and reading factual and interesting books.
MY PLAN: LUNAR OXYGEN PLANT
A natural and efficient way to get
The unit will contain 12 trees that can
produce up to 600kg of oxygen in 6 months,
fulfilling up to half the required amount.
During photosynthesis, they release oxygen
which is what we need here.
Carbon dioxide to oxygen:
A way to reuse the carbon dioxide
emitted by the astronauts into oxygen.
This method helps reuse CO2 and produce
more than 200kg of bonus oxygen. The
carbon dioxide which is breathed out by the
astronauts can be reused to make carbon and
oxygen, in which oxygen can be used.
A way to split water molecules to
Water, which is obtained from lunar ice caps,
can produce 176 kg of oxygen if 200kg of lunar
ice is invested into making oxygen. It works by
splitting water atoms into hydrogen and
oxygen, through which we can use oxygen.
An unlimited resource to get
oxygen from the moon itself.
This is a useful way of not only getting 200kg
of oxygen (from 500kg soil) but also useful
byproducts. It works by melting the lunar soil
into a liquid form (180°C) and using the
process of electrolysis to get oxygen.
Why were these
options taken and base
built this way?
These options have already been approved by many
space organizations and have high efficiency and
success rates. The materials required to run the unit
are also abundant, and fewer trips from Earth are
required to build and maintain the unit. The base is
built as a semi-circle to absorb impacts and store
excess oxygen in case of machine failure or oxygen
depletion. There is an airlock entrance to prevent
oxygen from escaping and technology to detect
leaks and problems in case they arise.
The four methods are: using trees,
electrolysis, molten regolith electrolysis,
and CO2 to O2 converter.
This also uses AI technology to make the
process easier and increase efficiency.