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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

VSSC Trivandrum Space Week 2011: Mars Habitat Design Competition for

Trivandrum, 14 September 2011: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre VSSC Trivandrum  will organise a Mars Habitat Design Competition for college students of Kerala in connection with the Space Week 2011.


The competition is for the college students studying in Kerala

The entry can be submitted by individual or group of students. The maximum size of group shall be restricted to four.

Only one entry is  permitted by individual or group

The participants should produce a proof of identity from the college on demand

The competition will be WEB based. The entry shall be submitted only through the specified site in Internet. No entry through mail or courier or post will be entertained.

The last date for submission of entries is on or before 27 September 2011.

 The entries will be scrutinized by an expert committee and a few selected participants will be invited to VSSC to make a formal presentation before the expert committee. From these, three entries will be selected for first, second and third prizes.
 The prize winning proposals (first, second and third) will carry a cash award. The winners will also be invited to attend the valedictory function of World space week to be held in VSSC, Trivandrum on October 10, 2011.

The habitat shall be designed for staying in Mars for six persons for a minimum period of six months.

The design shall include the detailed layout of habitat. Color sketch ( isometric views ) of the habitat shall be submitted along with the proposal. The proposal with technical write-up shall be restricted to maximum of six pages (excluding sketches/drawings). The proposal should contain the design approach, the design and implementation plan considering the extreme environment of the Martian atmosphere, threats from space debris, radiation, gravity etc.

The design should be original, creative and realistic taking into account the current maturity level of technology.

The physiological and psychological aspects of crew shall also be addressed in the design

The design should address resource generation viz. energy, food, water etc and its utilization plan.

The proposal containing write-up and drawings shall be uploaded to the prescribed website on or before the last date.

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