Mars Colony

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

Some of the problems we will have to face on Mars

  • Too thin atmosphere and lack of oxygen
  • Low Gravity
  • Sandstorms

Students proposals:

  • Create domes that will contain earth-like atmosphere and oxygen generated by power plants.
  • Sandstorm protection shields
  • Rotating habitats for compensating the lack of gravity.

The lego construction:

  • A rotating sandstorms shield (Building instructions)
    • When there is high wind (microphone) it enables the warning lights.
    • When the storm cloud is near (motion sensor) the shield starts rotating.
    • When the cloud goes away (motion sensor) the shield stops rotating.
  • Oxygen plant (Building instructions)
    • A piston and fan that can count the tons of oxygen created with the tilt sensor.
  • Artificial Gravity (Building instructions)
    • The habitat inside the dome is rotated so as to create artificial gravity.
    • A motion sensor counts the number of rotations

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Tourism on Mars!

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

Let’s go a vacation to Mars!

  • A serious prospect for income in order to finance Mars Colonization will be tourism.
  • Mars has plenty of sightseeing!
  • We should build tourism infrastructure to attract visitors to Mars.

Students Proposal:

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Mars Space Elevator

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

Mining in Mars

  • There are strong evidence that Mars has great quantities of useful ore like Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium, Chromium, Gold etc.
  • Some scientists believe that we could create mines on Mars.
  • In order to export ore from Mars mines in a sustainable way we could build a space elevator to transfer the ore outside the Mars atmosphere.

Students proposal

  • An automate vehicle to transfer ore from the mines to the elevator (Initial design)
  • An automated space elevator to transfer ore outside the Mars atmosphere to docking platforms. (Initial design)

Outcomes

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

Creating water and oxygen in Mars

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

  • In September 2015 NASA announced that had strong evidence that there is water on Mars in ice form.
  • We could build power plants that would melt ice and rocks to create water and oxygen.
  • Furthermore power plants would emit greenhouse gases that could warm the planets atmosphere.

Students proposal:

  • A factory that conveys large ice cubes and rocks to a melting facility.
  • A water pump that transfers water to the human habitats (Building instructions)
  • The ice cubes are transported automatically (motion sensor)
  • The water pump stops pumping water when the water tank is full automatically. (tilt sensor)

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