[Poster made by Mr. Sarthak Sharma.]
global university competition for a payload on the 2018 Mars lander
Mars One is a not-for-profit organisation (headquartered in the Netherlands) that aims to establish a permanent
human settlement on Mars. The first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018. The lander (concept shown in
image) will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix lander. Its prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin.
The payload mass for the lander is 44 kg, allocated to the following eight payloads: 1. Water extraction (10 kg). 2. Soil acquisition (15 kg). 3. Thin film solar power demonstrator (6 kg). 4. Camera system (5 kg). 5. and 6. Open for random proposals from the highest bidders (2 kg each). 7. Educational payload (2 kg).
8. Winning university experiment (2 kg). The last payload in the above list is for the winner of a global university competition. Mars One has released a Request for Proposals for the various payloads. For the University Compe tition, the proposals can include scientific experiments, technology demonstrations or any other exciting idea. More information can be found online at:
Mars One official website: www.mars-one.com Request for Proposals (RFP): www.mars-one.com/images/uploads/RFP_Mars-One.pdf Proposal Information Package (PIP): www.mars-one.com/images/uploads/MarsOne_PIP.pdf
Interested university teams are invited to submit their notice of intent to participate in the competition at
community.mars-one.com/university-competition latest by 31st August 2014. There is no application fee. Initially, only a brief proposal description has to be submitted at the online
form at above website. Mars One will then accordingly send you necessary information.
Important dates (any changes will be notified on the above websites): 31st August 2014: Deadline to submit online application (round 1) at above-mentioned website. 10th September 2014: Round 2 university teams selected by popular vote of Mars One community. 1st November 2014: Deadline to submit full proposals. 1st December 2014: Mars One announces eligible proposals that can be voted on. 5th January 2015: Winning proposal selected by popular vote of the Mars One community.
February 2015: Introduction workshop for 2 team members (travel and hotel stay paid by Mars One). The winning team will get about 2 years time (from 2015 to 2017) for payload development.
The mission is expected to be launched in 2018, and reach Mars in 2019. Once on the surface of Mars, the lander is expected to survive for up to one earth year, i.e. till 2020.
For more information, please contact: Mars One firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarthak Sharma (Mars One round 2 astronaut candidate) email@example.com