Terraforming Mars

This is the plan and implementation from the team The Builders (students in Robotics Club) for the “2018 PanHellenic Robotics Competition: Living on Mars”.

Designing the ecosystem of Mars

  • Mars gets far less light from the sun than earth does and does not have the nutrients needed for plants to grow.
  • NASA investigates the possibility to create oxygen in mars and plant algae in specially designed bottles.
  • New robotic vehicles will be needed that can go in hard conditions and plant the algae in the right places.

Students proposal

  • A walking robot (Initial design from jkbrickworks):
    • Searching craters that could have the right amount of ice (motion sensor)
    • Tests the craters for ice with the motion sensor (white ice – black no ice)
    • Unloads the bottles of algae (tilt sensor)
  • A robotic laser beam (Building instructions):
    • Communicates with the walking robot and gets the coordinates of the places where algae was planted. Then it sends the laser beam there to help the seeds grow (tilt sensor).

Outcomes