Lunar Power Plant
Design a system to provide power to a lunar habitat. Calculate power in vs. power out. How do you get it to the Moon? This project would include system-level power, infrastructure, and mission design. You will have to look into what technologies currently exist and what technologies would have to be further developed. You will learn how to follow NASA Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Could you develop a proposal through this idea? How much money would it cost? How much time would it take? How many people would you work with? You will learn how to lay out a schedule with Gantt charts, and how to lay out a proposal.
What tools should astronauts on the Moon have access to? Complete a trade study for a toolkit. Do all of the tools exist in space-worthy materials? Maybe you can design one that currently doesn't exist! You will learn what materials can and can't be used in space and why. You will think through what tools might be needed on the lunar surface and develop operating procedures for the tools that you design. You will learn how to complete a trade study. When faced with multiple design considerations, how do you weigh your options and ensure that you are making a good decision?