Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) Lunar Surface System


Title: Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) Lunar Surface System

Sponsor: NASA

Background:  Each year NASA and Partners (exploresim.com) sponsor an international simulation event, where universities design and simulate space exploration systems (rovers, habitats, food production, fuel/power production, flight systems, space stations, logistics and other necessary support systems).  Licensing is provided by vendors and operations work is performed under the SEE Technical Chair. The project simulation is a Self Sufficient Lunar Base, 50 years into the future. This includes: the Lunar In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) fuel and oxidizer production system, surface robotics (prospectors, harvesters, transporters, maintenance) to keep the fuel production systems operating, habitation, space ports, vehicles (ground and flight) and necessary infrastructure.  Subject Matter Experts are available from NASA Kennedy as well as Florida Space Institute.  

The Project:  System Simulation – Work with SME teams to develop your simulation concept for test, develop simulation plan, identify any potential partners (other university teams), develop appropriate models and share as necessary, participate in management of SEE GitHub repository, develop tools and products as necessary and appropriate for success.  

Expected Disciplines:  Prime – Computer Science.   Secondary – Robotics, Civil Engineering

Academic Expectations:  Students will develop surface element models and simulation sufficient to meet NASA study needs.  Discipline teams will coordinate sufficiently for success, university methods will apply and proper documentation created.

Project Expectations: A Lunar system simulation, integrated into SEE, focused on the surface elements operating the base and exploring the moon  Students will provide FSI and NASA will be provided copies of final reports and developed models. 

Nominal Team Size / Expected Hours:  The team is assumed to consist of 4 to 6 members, each working about 8 hours a week on the project for 2 semesters.  

Budget:  Commercial licensing for industry tools will provided.  Free student licensing is available for multiple tools. Additional funding may be available if needed. 

Expected SME Availability:  SME’s are available at FSI as well as NASA Kennedy.  The NASA Kennedy team may extend availability to other NASA Centers.

Important Dates: SEE 2020 event in late April

Travel Requirements: Little or None

Additional Information:  SEE intra-team communications will predominantly be through GitHub.