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HOW and BY WHEN to Participate

Letter of Intent (Due: October 19, 2001)

A non-binding Letter of Intent to propose must delivered to us by 4:30 PM (Central Time), Friday, October 19, 2001. Any legible submission, including by e-mail (to:, is acceptable so long as it contains the name and mailing address of the academic institution(s) and department(s) involved; name, phone number and e-mail address of the Team Leader (must be a student); name, title, telephone number and e-mail address of Supervising Faculty Member.

Proposal (Due: November 16, 2001)

Via e-mail attachment (to:, an electronic copy of your proposal must be in our possession by 4:30PM (Central Time), Friday, November 16, 2001. In addition to responses to the requirements set forth elsewhere in the Competition Guidelines, a proposal must include:

  1. A cover page containing the title of your proposal, school name and address, name of Team Leader with e-mail address and phone number, name of Supervising Faculty Member with e-mail address and phone number, and names of all other team members with their roles and academic levels (if students).
  2. A short (up to 300 words) summary of your proposal.
  3. MDG Conceptual Design Review (CDR) Report
  4. Outreach Plan
  5. Supplemental Information
    • a brief description of the student team's academic department(s); existing brochures and announcements may be included; departmental plans, strengths, laboratories and other relevant facilities, and any working arrangements with other universities or organizations that may relate to the project should be described;
    • a brief description of the department's course curriculum and how NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 would be employed to enhance it;
    • a listing of supporting faculty and other personnel, including those teaching related courses, those available to students for consultation, and department heads; include brief biographical material and technical/professional publication citations;
    • an indication of the departmental and institutional commitment to your team's participation in the NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2001 program, such as a letter of endorsement from the university president, college dean, and/or departmental chairperson.

AT YOUR OPTION and by above deadline set for receipt of electronic proposals, you may submit your proposal in writing by sending ten (10) copies to:

   Mr. Burke O. Fort
   ATTN: NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002
   Texas Space Grant Consortium
   3925 W. Braker Lane, Ste. 200
   Austin, Texas 78759

Selected Teams Announced (December 14, 2001)

The six NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 finalist teams will be announced on Friday, December 14, 2001.

NASA MarsPort Design Conference (Tentatively: May 14-15, 2002)

The NASA MarsPort Design Conference is tentatively scheduled for May 14-15, 2002, and is to be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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: Tue Nov 27, 2001