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Supercomputing Challenge

# AC/DC: Powering a Lunar Base

Team: 61

School: MANZANO HIGH

Area of Science: Electrical Engineering

Interim: Team Number: 061
School Name: Manzano High School
Area of Science: Electrical Engineering
Project Title: AC/DC: Powering a Lunar Base
Problem Definition:
We are going to write a program that simulates the electrical schematics needed to provide power to a lunar base. Not only will we have to supply electricity, but also store it in batteries so our lunar base can be powered during times we are unable to collect electricity. While writing the program we will need to use electrical formulas to simulate our lunar base.
We will use such formulas as Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Laws. First we will set the program to simulate a two room base and then change it to a four room base.
Problem Solution:
We are going to. Some of the major issues to be considered are: effect on solar cell with no atmosphere; How solar panels are used on the International Space Station; How to insulate the base to accommodate extremely high temperatures during the day and extremely low temperatures during the night; How to connect the walls and run the wires through the panels; Total kilowatts needed to run during day and night; Longevity of solar panels.
Progress to Date:
At this point in time we are currently looking for a mentor to help us with the electrical formulas and schematics for a lunar base. During the first semester in our class we have learned how to program using c++. By creating simple programs we have learned how, and when to use for loops, switches, and if statements among other things.
Expected Results:
We expect to successfully simulate what it’ll be like to power a Lunar Base by the program we will finish later in the year.
Team Members: Robert Perea, Eric Kimberly, Corey Pounds