If for any reason living on earth becomes difficult, take heart, city students have prepared a blueprint on how future generations can settle in outer space.
The projects were submitted by students from two branches of Sri Chaitanya Techno School in Bangalore as part of the Space Settlement Design Contest 2014 organised by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project titled ‘Nea Zoi’ (new life in Greek), submitted by Aayush Basavesh and Jyothi Kishore of Sri Chaitanya, Ramamurthy Nagar, bagged the second prize in the contest for grade 10 students.
Speaking about Nea Zoi , Aayush explained that the space settlement ideated by them would replicate Earth in every aspect including the ecosystem, atmosphere and weather. “This settlement would be placed in the L4/L5 points of the Earth’s orbit. The raw materials will be initially imported from Earth till the basic structure is completed. Following which, we will start mining for materials from the moon as the lunar surface has minerals similar to that on Earth,” Aayush said. The project would need “trillions of dollars” and with the advent of technology this is a viable project, he added.
Jyothi Kishore said that it took 85 days to complete the project under the guidance of mentor Mahesh Reddy and physics teacher Raghinath Sagar.
The Kalpavruksha project submitted by grade 9 students of Sri Chaitanya, K.R. Puram, has bagged the third prize. “Kalpavruksha will have all life-supporting systems and an excellent structural engineering,” said Parthik Y., leader of the 16-member team that worked on the project.
The Astraeus project submitted by grade 8 students of the same school received the ‘honorary mention’. “The main aim of Astraeus is to start a new era of civilisation as well as to prove that space colonisation is inevitable,” said Saiteja Harivanam, member of the team that worked on the project.
The 14-member team worked under the guidance of physics teacher Santosh Kumar and principal Amita Banu.
The students will present their projects at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) to be held in Los Angeles from May 14 to 18.