"Mars One" Talk by Sydney Do and Team from MIT - Soon!

The Interdisciplinary Space Group at Harvard invites you to an informal discussion featuring remarks by Sydney Do and his team.

4 November 2014,  4-6pm

LOCATION UPDATE: CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA  02138
Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room S030 

An Independent Assessment of the Technical Feasibility of the Mars One Mission Plan

In mid-2012, the Mars One program was announced, aiming to build the first human settlement on the surface of Mars. Following a series of precursor missions to develop and deploy key technologies, the first crewed mission would depart Earth in 2024, sending four people on a one-way journey to the surface of Mars. Additional four-person crews would be sent to Mars at every subsequent launch opportunity to further support and expand the Martian colony.
While this program has been received with great fanfare, very little has been published in the technical literature on this mission architecture. As the Mars One mission plan represents a dramatic departure from traditional exploration approaches, there are many uncertainties in its mission design. The establishment of a colony on Mars will rely on in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and life support technologies that are more capable than the current state of the art. Moreover, resupply logistics and sparing will play a large role in the proposed colony, though the magnitude and behavior of these two effects is not well understood.
In light of this, we perform an independent assessment of the technical feasibility of the Mars One mission architecture, identify technical and operational challenges, and propose architectural solutions. Through this effort, we make several observations and recommendations that are applicable to all one-way Mars colonization plans.

Since it was first presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, this work has attracted significant attention from several media outlets worldwide, including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, New Scientist, the LA Times, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, and the BBC World Service.

In this talk, we will discuss our analysis approach, describe our observations and findings, and open the floor for questions on any topic related to Mars habitation and settlement.


Sydney Do (sydneydo [ at ] mit.edu)

Sydney Do is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the MIT. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. His past research has been in the areas of fuel-efficient satellite formation flight, land-landings of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, and the crowdsourcing of engineering ideation and innovation. He is currently the lead researcher in space habitation and life support within the Strategic Engineering Research Group at MIT.
Koki Ho (koki_ho [ at ] mit.edu)
Koki Ho is a PhD Candidate in the Strategic Research Engineering Group at Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His areas of expertise includes the design and optimization of space systems, particularly their transportation systems. He has worked in multiple satellite and planetary spacecraft projects in Japan and Europe, and while at MIT, has conducted research in logistics for the International Space Station and human Mars exploration missions.
Sam Schreiner (sschrein [ at ] mit.edu)
Sam Schreiner is currently pursuing a Masters in Aerospace engineering at MIT, with an emphasis on space systems engineering. He conducts research on In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) to produce oxygen and other resources on the moon and Mars. He received his bachelors in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Andrew Owens (acowens [ at ] mit.edu)
Andrew Owens is a Ph.D. candidate and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow in the Strategic Engineering Research Group at MIT. His research focuses on complex systems reliability, resilience, and maintainability and the prediction of logistics requirements related to spare parts for long-duration space systems. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, where he co-founded the Rice University Solar Car Team, and an S.M. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, with previous research into modeling and simulation of environmental control and life support systems.
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About the Interdisciplinary Space Discussion Group

A few of us at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) and Center for Astrophysics (CfA) share an interest in fostering interdisciplinary dialogue on space policies and programs.  We are delighted to invite you to several informal discussions of this type throughout the year.

In the long-term, we hope to bring this group together regular to exchange views on other issues in space policy and programmatics.  We hope to draw participants from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Business, Kennedy, Law, and Medical schools, SEAS technologists, CfA astronomers, and others from MIT and the Cambridge area.  We will examine issues at the intersection of space and other disciplines, including policy, economics, business, law, and medicine.