Martian Spring

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Mars has captured humanity’s imagination since prehistory - and now it may be in our grasp.

Summary

Mars has captured humanity’s imagination since prehistory - and now it may be in our grasp. Notions of human exploration and settlement are being taken more seriously than ever. Taking the next giant leap forward starts with small steps here on Earth. We intend to take an active role in enabling these steps. There are countless paths to reaching Mars.

Some near term goals are as follows:
- Raise the technological readiness levels (TRL) of Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) technologies
- Investigate potential of in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and closed/regenerative ECLSS technologies
- Determine fundamental engineering requirements and implementation strategies for exploration and settlement
- Determine quality-of-life requirements and implementation strategies for exploration and settlement


Discussion

Proposal: A Martian free-flyer for surface exploration and site survey operations. Rationale: It has been earlier studied by a number of groups that Martian exploration could be well-served by aerial surveys of interesting locations on the planet. One drawback to most concepts have been the large aerosurfaces required to fly on the Red Planet. Imagine the possibility of using a flight configuration more akin to a quadcopter drone? It may be possible to generate enough lift via rotor propulsion, or failing that, via more directed turbine propulsion. Discussion Point: I am personally working through self-training on drone operation, in support of this possible line of inquiry and others possibly served by drone operations of this kind. Disciplines needed, subject to revision: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control System Design
There are, at last count, at least eight for-profit companies and nonprofit foundations with plans to colonize Mars. Is Martian Springs discussion only? Or is there intent for the group to formalize and send people to Mars?


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