Mars Home-Base Organization,(MB) involved in development of technology based on COTS methodology and Collaborative Engineering to achieve the goal of sustainable and habitable human settlement on Mars. Mars HomeBase is presenting following paper at Mars Society International Convention to be held on October 15-18 2020.
MARS HABITAT DEVELOPMENT THROUGH COTS AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
BY MARS HOMEBASE ORGANIZATION (BANGALORE, INDIA)
KRISHNA MANJUNATHA AND OTHERS.
MARS HOMEBASE ORGANIZATION
Mars HomeBase Organization is involved in the development of technologies related to human settlement on Mars. We are not developing either rocket or propulsion systems to transport men and materials to Mars from Earth. SpaceX/ Blue Origins and others are developing Mars rocket and we intend to use services from them. What we are working on are- all types of technologies
and tools needed to live, survive and thrive on Mars once we get there! The goal of Mars HomeBase Organization is to use COTS (Commercially Off The Shelf) and Collaborative approach to develop every tools or technology, small or big needed to live and explore on Mars. The objectives of this study paper is to develop concepts for practical design for a manned Mars Habitat which is expandable in nature and can accommodate growing crew of people. The term design refers to both Habitat design and construction tools/techniques to be used on Mars taken together. This research is being attempted by engineers/technicians from the field of welding, metal work fabrication, electrical, electronics and computer engineering discipline. Our approach is “build it and feel it”. Our understanding is “If we cannot weld two metal sheets on Mars, then we are going no where with human settlement on Mars!”. Focus is more on Insitu Hab Assembly on Mars and tools needed. The extended goal includes development of all functionalities like development of green house, living, working facilities, MEDICAL, exploration, recycle/re use facility, social facilities like M-MAY (Music, Meditation, Arts and Yoga). The main design tasks involves development of construction technology of Habitat structure and investigating appropriate structure, materials, construction techniques and necessary tools needed for insitu construction on Mars. This paper will show some prototypes developed and discuss advantages tools used for such development.