The Challenge | Mission to the Moon!

Use NASA Data to Plan a Rover Mission on the Moon!

Additive Lunar Station

Building a Lunar Base remotely from Earth using Additive Manufacturing technology

In this problem statement, our objective is to send a pair of rovers to the Moon with the following goals:

1) To study the South Pole and kickstart the search for Water/Ice on the surface.

2) To establish a permanent and expandable Base near the South Pole using the Moon soil in a 3D printer operated from Earth.

3) To kickstart the colonisation process of the Moon for resource extraction.


1) Payload is 10 Tons. This is due to thermoplastic scrap which is required as a binder

2) Only 2 structures of 7m x 7m x 3m can be built by using

3) Extreme temperatures from 127 Celsius to -240 Celsius

4) High temperature can soften the plastic material

5) High power requirement for laser + building activity. Combination of RTG and Battery is required

6) Solar panels to be deployed for recharging Batteries. This is quite critical because of extreme temperatures.

7) Landing is extremely difficult near the South Pole. Trajectory Calculation becomes rigorous.

8) Terrain of South Pole is rough compared to terrain near Equator

9) MMOD impact is possible on the equipment and Structures

Github Repository:


1) NASA Moon

2) GOOGLE Moon





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