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Finalist Teams Announced!


Letters of Intent Due: October 19, 2001
Proposals Due: November 16, 2001

Many believe that it is inevitable that humans will one day venture beyond Earth and explore and colonize the surfaces of other planets, such as Mars. To date, plants provide the only primary process for generating food that we have. This process is dependent on the input of light energy; hence the use of light collecting, distribution, and plant production technologies will ultimately be needed to provide these human explorers with a high degree of autonomy and self-assurance. A key step to achieving this will be the design, deployment, and testing of a Marsport Deployable Greenhouse!


NASA, the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) are pleased to announce the NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 (NASA MarsPort 2002).

WE INVITE YOU to compete for a chance to make a real contribution in support of the human exploration of Mars!

If selected, you and your teammates will perform engineering trade studies to design optimal configurations for a MarsPort Deployable Greenhouse (MDG) for operation on the surface of Mars.

If you choose to enter, your team will compete with other student teams by writing and submitting a proposal to the NASA MarsPort 2002 Design Review Committee. In so doing, you will venture into the world of proposal-writing and procurement.

From all proposals received, up to six teams will be selected to investigate MDG issues that are important to NASA's MarsPort Design Review Committee and to design solutions addressing them.

Then, in the spring of 2002, representatives of your team will attend NASA MarsPort 2002 Design Conference at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. This conference will provide a forum for:

  • the presentation of your team's work;
  • interaction with leading NASA, industry and university community professionals;
  • receipt of status reports on the progress of exploration missions and programs; and,
  • receipt of updates on new systems, technologies and approaches to the exploration and development of Mars.

As a member of a selected team, NASA plans to incorporate innovations from your work into its engineering trade studies and evaluate them against other leading concepts.

All six student teams will receive cash awards of $500 (a) upon selection as a Finalist Team, (b) upon receipt of a satisfactory Preliminary Design Report (PDR), and (c) upon receipt of a satisfactory Detailed Design Review (DDR) - for a total of $1,500 each. There may also be an additional award of $500 to any team that is recognized for exemplary accomplishments during the Design Phase. Teams will also receive international recognition for their contributions to NASA's Mars exploration planning effort.


The NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 program is jointly sponsored by NASA and Science Applications International Corporation, and is jointly administered by the Florida Space Grant Consortium and the Texas Space Grant Consortium.


Last Modified: Fri Dec 14, 2001