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As civilisations are awed by Mars for millenniums, the conquest of the Red Planet has not been made possible until our time. The interplanetary journey of [HMM] Human Mission to Mars not only carries our species’ hopes of sustaining humanity across the solar system, it also manifests the testimony of the mutual survival of cultures in the journey itself. A journey to Mars is inevitable in our near future, this competition challenges designers to create a diverse communal living space within a payload volume to carry Earthlings into the space of uncertainty.
The lowest energy transfer to Mars requires the Hohmann transfer orbit. While a fast Mars mission would take 6 months, an energy efficient journey with the Hohmann transfer orbit would take place for 9 months approximately.
The physical challenges for human missions to Mars include health threat from cosmic rays and other ionizing radiation, adverse health effects of prolonged weightlessness, psychological effects of isolation from hearth and the lack of community, etc.
This competition assumes that the journey to Mars would take 9 months.
This competition assumes that the journey to Mars would take 9 months. We would invite you to consider factors such as the diverse cultures represented by the 24 astronauts (backgrounds and relationships to be proposed by participants), the comfort in a cramped space, the absence of gravity, etc. Participants will design a communal payload volume (dimension outlined in the Design Guideline on the next page). In the design, it is assumed that the communal payload volume will have a connection to life support systems in a separate location on the spacecraft. Therefore, participants are invited to design only the astronauts’ habitation spaces with a cockpit in the communal payload volume. The habitation spaces can be designed as part of the spacecraft, or as an assembly of components fitted in the payload volume.
Journey: 9 Months to Mars
Site: Rocket Payload Volume (3D massing model provided)
Design: Habitation spaces for 24 civilian / astronaut volunteers with a cockpit