ECOSYSTEM : Europa, lune de Jupiter
TEAM MEMBERS : Annabelle Richard Laferrière, Julia Martinez Turgeon, Rachel L. Dumontier, Audrey Langheit, Kévin Lavernay
More than 10 years ago, humans took possession of Europa, Jupiter’s moon, who could possibly house life. When they arrived, the explorers confirmed the existence of an ocean underneath the thick layer of ice that covers the surface. As a start, the first explorers built an habitation on the surface, but they are soon faced with the hard reality of the environment, like the crevasses that cut into the landscape and the large number of geyser that come up the ocean. What’s more, they have to live with hazards like the thin atmosphere, the low temperature and the sun irradiance. To palliate with those hardships, they built the city of Agrénor, a submerged habitation destined to the exploration of the ocean and of it’s possible life forms.
To expand the Exploration phase, SBGE (Spacial Base of Galilean Exploration) invested in a new form of submarine transportation. This is how on the 5th of December of the earthling year 2135, the P-03 left for it’s first mission.
This exploration submarine allows for underwater travel and facilitates the diverse task needed for research. The vehicle is divided into two main sections: the living space and the control POD.
The P-03 lets the explorators leave the SBGE on small journeys, that varies from 2 to 5 days. The living space includes a sleeping zone, a sanitary section, a small kitchen and a working space.
The control POD consists in a small submarine that is separated from the living space. The explorers can leave in the POD to rejoin the surface, to explore the depths of the ocean or if any problem arises in the main ship. Once separated, the living space keeps a certain level of autonomy to keep producing oxygen and electricity.
The transfer to the surface is achieved by a pulley that pulls the POD through the chimneys created by the geysers.
To power the submarines, a geothermal system was put in place. Turbines were placed at the entrance of geysers to harvest the energy created by the rotation. The energy is then stored in modular batteries, which will supply the vehicles and the habitation.
When stopped, the vehicle can be anchored to the ice.