National Aeronautics and Space Administration Established in 1958 Major Accomplishments: Apollo Missions (landed men on the moon) Space Shuttle International Space Station Aries and Orion Constellation Rocket
Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage A student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace. Choose from four missions and design and plan entire venture. All aspects of the mission must be planned and as original as possible Go to competition at NASA at the end of the year to compete against other groups
NASA is interested in eventual human mission to the Martian surface. Current technology would not allow for effective exploration of Mars by humans. We need to find faster ways to get to Mars We are to take 4 crew members to Mars for a minimum of thirty days in less than 5 launches. The idea is to lower costs and make it as safe as possible for the traveling astronauts
Why would you go to Mars? What's necessary for life? What supplies would you need Where would you live (what structure)? What type of reusable materials would you use? How would you get energy? How would you protect from radiation? How do you maintain bone mass?