NASA, Georgia Tech and GTRI are developing energy technologies to support future missions to Mars. The VIP M.A.R.S. Team will research, develop and test renewable energy systems in collaboration with scientists and engineers at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Moon and Mars offer difficult challenges to NASAs ambitious plan for exploration, including acquisition of reliable and renewable energy, functional designs for extreme heat and cold, food production strategies, and dust mitigation. The goal of this team will be to address new applications for energy systems in extreme environments relating to energy generation, storage, and efficient use in Martian habitats.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Development of innovative, renewable energy systems for extreme environments, Dust mitigation methodologies for lunar and Martian operations, Net-zero energy practices for sustainable food production, and Design of low-energy habitats.