Project SEEE: Space Earth Energy Ecosystem adopted by STELLA Tech
Atrayee Basu, Founder and CEO of STELLA Tech
We are STELLA tech. Stella tech is a 5 months old baby. An India based private enterprise to establish energy eco-system to support future space colonization. We are a team of 5–6 people blooming in the arena of Space Energy industry. All our team members are recent graduates and early age industry professionals. We have several advisors from eminent space agencies like Blue Origin, ISRO. STELLA is in the process of more than tens of industry and R&D partnerships already.
The scenario-On Earth
- With the current trend in global energy crisis, study says the rate will exponentially spike up as the population will be 9.7B by 2050 as projected by UN.
- The cause of energy crisis is fundamentally stemming from
- local market shortages,
- increased border tension,
- oil shortages,
- disharmony in the energy
- market equilibrium.
3. Inclusion of fourth industrial revolution is webbing the planet launching high-speed communication satellites and the need of sustainable green energy solution is no science fiction anymore.
The scenario-In Space
- The requirement of space power to terraform other planetary bodies for science and commercial explorations is a growing concern.
- To expand the human presence beyond the blue planet has become a mandate with the increase in space technology for space tourism, colonization on Moon and Mars.
- Constructing Moon and Mars base will require immense supply of clean, consistent, renewable energy on in-situ surfaces.
- The rate of growth of energy in the demand market is quite high.
- Maintenance between human and machinery interface also is going to require billions of energy unit production.
Solution- Project SEEE
Phase I= Microgravity environment for demonstrational mission
Phase II= ISRU on the Moon for energy extraction
Phase III= Earth orbital module for solar energy production
Project SEEE- Phase II
To produce a theoretical study to harness the energy from lunar surface so that energy can be provided to the space habitat to perform the research for a very longer time without being dependent on the limited sources of energy.
- Within the next two decades human is going to set their footprint on Moon and Mars.
- The use of tele-robotics, tethered robotic rovers, and other space architectures are being built to support consistent science and commercial operations.
- To establish human space habitat for sustainable and affordable human life settlement, extraction of energy from the permanently shadowed regions on the Moon, to and from the planetary bodies including asteroids is the targeted plan with no alteration.
- Apart from traditional chemical energy solutions like solar photovoltaic cells used on the arrays, rechargeable batteries, and other conventional methods, it is prominent that ISRU method is cost effective, simpler with less hazardous scenario is best to afford consistent, clean, affordable supply of energy to the space habitat.
- To perform sample return mission, propel energy from lunar volatiles, this paper primarily focuses on the engineering methodology to establish energy solution for future space colonization that supports the ISRU approach.
- To outline the roadmap of the approach the team has targeted to send a demonstrational mission to moon by 2024 which will predominantly study the generation of fuel from in-situ resources of permanently shadowed region (PSR) and that can be operational during the lunar night.
- To significantly minimize the cost, mass and hazard of the operation and functionality of the missions for successful generation of propulsion fuel, power system of the infrastructure and life support of the habitat including mobility on the lunar surface in-situ model is the targeted approach of the research.
- The solar albedo on the lunar surface, gravity anomaly, lunar geology, lava tubes, high risk zones, slope of the lunar surfaces have been precisely considered to select the appropriate mission-critical landing site. The mass, power, link, and cost budgets are greatly reduced to support the mission lifecycle.
Expected end deliverables
We will be working on the following parameters to make this concept effective
- To send payload from earth
- Transport complex analysis
- Cost effective energy production
- Building space architecture on lunar surface
- Calibration of the system
- End of life (EOL)
- Establishing space earth energy ecosystem.