Educational NASA Project: Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity at a Mobile Lunar Base

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 46, Issue 3, p.321-333 (2020)


artificial intelligence, Cybersecurity, mobile lunar base, NASA, simulation exploration experience, space computing simulations


The article presents research and numerical experiments related to the participation of authors and students from Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in the NASA International Program: Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) 2020 for the creation of computer simulations of federations on the moon. A Mobile Lunar Base has been designed, in which the fol-lowing processes are controlled with Artificial Intelligence: movement of three lunar platforms; control of the biosphere used to produce and purify air, water and food; control of a space airport for transfer of employees, passengers and tourists; control of security systems and a cybersecurity module.

The following simulation and programming tools are used: Specially licensed software from NASA; 3D modeling with SketchUP, Blender and AutoCAD; Java programming. The authors analyze the dangers in the Mobile Lunar Base; the possible methods, ways and means for protection, prevention and dealing with each of the analyzed threats. He article concludes with a summary on the security of the systems for provision of cyber and space security of the Mobile Lunar Base.