MISSION TO MARS

The mission involves a group of 20 initial colonists to be sent to Mars in the year 2030. Although there are plans for an additional 20 colonists to arrive within 5 years, your main considerations should focus on the initial group.

The colonists must have the tools and material to allow them to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. No allowances will be made for returning colonists back to Earth for any reason at any time.

There is new evidence that Mars has a vast array of underground lava tubes. Those structures should be *ideal* for living quarters. They are far enough underground to protect colonists from harmful radiation, but not so far that they are difficult to get to.

Pre-Act:

Brainstorm with your group to make a list of raw materials available on Mars that you can utilize on site as much as possible.

Brainstorm with your group to make a list of challenges that those initial colonists will face (one person at a time, clockwise within your group)

Part 0: Choose a Heavy Launch Vehicle from an existing HLV or from a HLV that is in development and is scheduled for launch by 2030. Pay particular attention to the payload ABOVE Low Earth Orbit (this is critical)

SPACEX

LOCKHEED/UNITED

BLUE ORIGIN

VULCAN

Part I: Colonists

1) Work with your group to make a list of 20 candidate positions for the first ever group of colonists to Mars based on occupation and skills.

Here is an EXAMPLE of a real world job posting (for a sales position at Google actually)

2) Work with your group to generate a list of qualifications for candidates, generally such as age, gender etc...

3) Work by yourself to pick one of those 20 candidate positions, and write a job posting for that position.

Part II: Material

1) Brainstorm with your group to design up to 3-4 different automated supply runs to the colony site by unmanned rockets. Each supply rocket must be currently in use or expected to be tested and ready to use by 2030. Be sure NOT to use "wish list" rockets that are not currently in the design process.

Makes sure that you do NOT use Low Earth Payload numbers. Look for payloads to Geosynchronous (23,000 miles above Earth) or farther

2) Brainstorm with your group what material will be sent with the colonists on their trip to Mars.

(*) Hint Hint Hint: There should be *obvious* disadvantages to taking only one piece of some sort of material/equipment that is mission critical

3) Work by yourself to fill one of those supply missions. You must include the actual material (by pound) that can fit on that rocket to either geosynchronous (23,000 miles above Earth) or farther.

SUGGESTIONS?

This is a graded assignment --

80% of your grade will be how well you document parts 2 and 3 above. However, 20% of your grade will reflect how well your work meshes with those in your group. As in an actual mission, it is absolutely critical that you understand what other folks in your group are doing, and that all parts are working together towards a common goal.