NASA-KSC, Delaware North Companies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, GTRI



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 NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Moon and Mars offer difficult challenges to NASA’s 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.

Methods and Technologies

  • Physics
  • Mechanical Design
  • Architecture
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Piezoelectric and Triboelectric Energy
  • Graphene Supercapacitors
  • Engineered Biosystems

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building Construction
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Meeting Schedule & Location






VL 465

Team Advisors


NASA-KSC, Delaware North Companies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, GTRI