MOON TO MARS IN A LIFETIME

CALTECH SPACE CHALLENGE - TEAM EXPLORER

REFUELING IN OUTER SPACE FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION

 

The Caltech Space Challenge :

32 participants out of 800 applications are selected and divided into 2 teams in order to design a solution for the mission statement presented the first day of the challenge. 

This year's mission statement?

Lunar port. A supply station orbiting the moon that would facilitate fuel and resources for deep space missions. 

 

DESIGN THINKING IN MISSION IDEATION

Brainstorming session with JPL's lead visual strategist, Jessie Kawata. As the only designer on the team, I recieved mentorship from Jessie on a designer's role in mission ideation and how to incorporate design thinking into technical systems. 

I led quick brainstorming sessions through the week in order to overcome group descisions like project name and mission purpose

TEAM EXPLORER 

12 PhD and Graduate Students

4 Undergraduates

 

Members came from backgrounds in Aerospace Engineering, Orbital Mechanics, Geology, Industrial Design...

  

WE WON!!

LEEP

Lunarport Proposal Final Presentation  

PRESS

Our mission proposals will be presented at the 2017 AIAA Space Forum in Orlando, FL / September 12-14, 2017

Space.com, Students Design Way to Mine the Moon for Rocket Fuel

Abc.net.au, Mining the Moon for Rocket Fuel to get us to Mars

INQUISITR, Getting to Mars: Moon Mines and Space Station Fueling Depot for Safer, Less Expensive Trips

Pasadena Weekly, Boots on Mars

Mars World Journal, California Space Challenge (Chinese) 

SPONSORS

This amazing opportunity wouldn't have been possible without the amazing mentors and sponsors that were present.