An18-year-old boy from Chennai has bagged second prize in the Ames Space Settlement Contest 2017 by NAZA for proposing ways to make the moon the next residence for humankind.
The NASA project asked for young geniuses to share their ideas of human settlements in moon. The Chennai student Sai Kiran preaped a complete proposal around connecting Earth and Moon via elevators and convinced the space agency.
Kiren presented his project at the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest at the Ames Research Center in San Jose State University in California and won the second prize in the grade 12 category annual contest.
According to reports, Kiran began working on this project back in 2013. He was in Singapore when he began working on the project and later moved to Chennai and started writing his thesis in March 2016.
Titled ‘Connecting Moon, Earth and Space’ and ‘HUMEIU Space Habitats’, his proposal facilitated basis for humans to be transported to the moon via an elevator so that they can stay there.
“The first segment of the project is about creating elevators that could transport humans and cargo to the Moon so that humans can form their settlements there. The most important aspect was that of gravity as, without gravity, humans won’t be able to settle there,” Kiran was quoted by The Asian Age .
The project proposal also talks of recreation, entertainment, governance, and agriculture, on the Moon. Kiren even mentioned the height of the elevator, which will be 40,000km and the design could be lunar-based or earth-based elevators, whichever is suitable. He argues it is the only cost-efficient way towards human settlement on the moon.
While Sai Kiran, a student of the British International School, grapped the second spot, a student of the British International School emerged out as the winner of the competition.