We are pleased to announce that Uwingu has once again awarded a grant to Explore Mars to help with our mission to advance the goal of initial human missions to Mars in the early 2030s.
“Explore Mars would like to thank Uwingu for its generous grant,” stated Explore Mars CEO, Chris Carberry. “These funds will be extremely helpful as we enter into our most ambitious year yet.”
These funds will be used to help educate the public regarding why the human exploration of Mars is an important goal for all of society.
Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern, the CEO of Uwingu, added, “We’re incredibly proud to award this new grant to Explore Mars. We expect to generate many more grants as our Mars Map Crater Naming Project moves toward our goal of completing the naming of the over 500,000 unnamed, scientifically catalogued craters on Mars and raising over $10 million in grants. Anyone can participate in Uwingu’s Mars Crater Map Naming or its many other projects, such as Uwingu Daily Space Explorer hi-def space image subscription service, at www.uwingu.com.”
About Uwingu. Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-goo”) consists of a team of leading astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives and educators. Uwingu is a for-profit company dedicated to creating new ways for people to personally connect with space exploration and education while also raising funds to support researchers, educators, and organizations in space exploration and astronomy. A pioneer in this industry, Uwingu is currently creating the first crowd-sourced map of Mars. Individuals have named over 15,000 craters and The Uwingu Fund has already allocated more than $150,000 in grants. Visit Uwingu’s website to learn more at www.uwingu.com.
Explore Mars is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As part of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Aerospace Engineering Senior Capstone Class – MIT students will develop penetrator designs and then build and test the prototypes throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
“We are extremely excited to be working with MIT on this concept,” commented Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry. “Penetrators could prove to be extremely valuable for terrestrial scientific applications as well as interplanetary missions such as Mars.”
Aerojet Rocketdyne will also be assisting with this program providing mentoring to the students as they develop their designs. “This is exactly the kind of project that got us interested in partnering with Explore Mars,” said Joe Cassady, Executive Director of Space Programs for Aerojet Rocketdyne. “It provides the opportunity to reach out and get students involved with a first rate idea to do something innovative with potential applications to Mars science.”
In 2014, Explore Mars announced the ExoLance, one of the Explore Mars BE BOLD Projects (ExoLance.exploremars.org), with the goal of developing penetrator projectiles to conduct experiments (including potentially life detection) below the Martian surface. Explore Mars looks forward to continuing to pursue this goal through ExoLance and by partnering with organizations like MIT.
Time Capsule to Mars™ joins UK student space organization at national conference
GUILDFORD, UK – February 28, 2015 – An ambitious student campaign to send digital memories to Mars reached the United Kingdom for the first time on Saturday. Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M) was present at the National Student Space Conference (NSSC) at the University of Surrey outside of London, and made an appeal for students around the world to join the mission.
David Rokeach, an MBA student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and TC2M’s Business Director, was a featured speaker on Saturday. “These students are a great audience because they’re naturally inclined to be passionate about space exploration,” says David. “But for the average person, space can feel unreachable and intangible. Time Capsule to Mars is giving those people the opportunity to, in a way, leave their own footprint on another planet.”
Time Capsule to Mars, an Explore Mars Inc. BE BOLD project, will be the first student-led and privately-funded mission to Mars. Students at eight universities are designing and building a spacecraft that will travel through space and land on Mars by 2018. People from around the world will send their legacy, memories, and messages through digital uploads for future human explorers to recover on Mars.
The mission coordinates with organizations like UKSEDS to engage students who are ready to get involved and participate in space exploration. “I truly believe that my generation, and these students at this conference, will be the ones to get a human to Mars,” says Ciara McGrath, a PhD student at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the International Officer of UKSEDS. “Time Capsule to Mars is an incredible way to capture the imagination of these young people and involve them in the first steps towards achieving this goal by sending a target for them to go and retrieve.”
Time Capsule to Mars™ Aims for Landing on Mars by 2019
TC2M Members at IAP Study (left to right): Dianna Velez, Veronica Padron,
Iulia Jivanescu, Ron Schlagheck, Brad Walcher, Justice Mason
BOSTON, MA – Feb. 4, 2015 – An audacious plan by eight universities for a student-led mission to Mars took a big step forward with the completion of a key technical review of systems requirements at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in January, with the team targeting a launch within the next few years, mission organizers say.
Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M) hopes to deliver to Mars, by 2019, a “time capsule of humanity” carrying digital content from millions of people from around the world for future human explorers to recover. University teams from across the US are collaborating to design, build, and ultimately operate a CubeSat-based spacecraft that will deliver its payload to the Mars surface. Time Capsule to Mars is a project of Explore Mars, Inc.
“The technical efforts of such a vibrant team – eight universities at this point – are moving this mission forward,” says Professor Paulo Lozano, TC2M adviser and Director of MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab, where students are leading the technical development of the propulsion system. “We’re in that stage of any mission where there is a lot of planning and calculation, and to work through the whole spacecraft subsystem by subsystem is a tremendous effort that required everyone on the project to contribute. It’s a wonderful milestone.”
The multi-week effort at MIT, which took place during MIT’s “Independent Activities Period (IAP),” focused on developing the systems architecture and systems-level requirements that would allow for technical designs and construction to begin in earnest. The study, led by graduate students Dianna Velez and Iulia Jivanescu, successfully completed initial concepts for the architecture, its systems, and their interfaces. Jonathan Brent Parham, Associate Technical Staff at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, served as a consultant on the study.
“The past three weeks have set the direction for the rest of the mission,” said Emily Briere, Mission Director and senior at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. “By developing systems-level requirements and functional requirements for each subsystem, we’ve defined a clear path forward that our university teams can follow. The energy and enthusiasm for TC2M coming out of this study is overwhelming. This team is willing itself Marsward.”
The $25 million TC2M mission will be funded in large part by people around the world who upload personal digital media in the form of images, text, audio and video clips for a small fee. For those in the developing world, digital media uploads to the capsule will be offered free of charge and underwritten by corporate sponsors and individual philanthropists.
The team is being advised by a management team from Boeing’s executive Emerging Leaders Development Program. “The ability to transfer knowledge and to teach these students core systems engineering, mission management and technical project management skills is a huge win for me, for Boeing, and for the industry,” says Richard Barrow, Senior Project Engineer at The Boeing Company and a member of the Boeing team.
Student participation in TC2M includes undergraduate and graduate students from Duke University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Connecticut. Veteran aerospace project management mentors for TC2M Ron Schlagheck, formerly NASA, and Laurent Sibille of Enterprise Advisory Solutions, Inc. advised the student teams during the IAP study.
The students are being supported in their mission efforts by an extensive array of industry talent from such aerospace stalwarts as ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne, The Boeing Company, Deep Space Industries, Draper Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Lockheed Martin, MIT, NASA, Remarkable Technologies, and others. Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK Space Launch Division and former NASA chief astronaut, and Kent Rominger, vice president, business development of ATK and former NASA chief astronaut, are special advisors to this project.
“Draper has always had a role in preparing the future leaders of American aerospace,” says Seamus Tuohy, Director of Space Systems at Draper Laboratory, one of the key sponsors of the MIT IAP Study. “We had more than 30 students contributing to finalizing the mission specifications, and these students received an excellent introduction to the challenges of using small systems to explore another planet.”
TC2M’s vision and goals have already inspired similar mission concepts from NASA and others.
“This continues to be the mission for everyone, not just in the space industry but worldwide too,” says Chris Carberry, Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., a nonprofit that was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. “This is a mission for all humankind, and we are excited to have so many people involved, with more joining each week.”
To date, more than $1 million in donations and in-kind support has been raised for the mission. To upload images and become part of this historic mission to Mars, visit www.timecapsuletomars.com/#upload. Visit www.timecapsuletomars.com for mission milestones or to learn how you can get involved.
About Time Capsule to Mars™
The world’s first student-led interplanetary mission, Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M), will design, launch and land intact a time capsule on Mars containing digital messages representing a snapshot of humanity on Earth. The mission will inspire today’s generation to commit to sending humans to Mars who will recover the capsule. TC2M intends to be the largest-ever crowd-funded endeavor, aiming to raise $25 million. TC2M is a project of the non-profit Explore Mars, Inc. (www.exploremars.org). Read more about our mission here, follow us @TimeCapsuleMars or #TC2M, and on Google+.
[br]The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding its annual grassroots visit to Congress, known as the “Legislative Blitz”, in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, February 22 to Tuesday, February 24, 2015. With unprecedented budgetary pressures facing the legislative and executive branches of government, it is uncertain which path our nation’s leaders will take with respect to our nation’s space program. More than ever before, it is absolutely critical that the voices of the space advocacy community be heard in this debate. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program. [br]
The Space Exploration Alliance is a collaboration of leading non-profit organizations that advocate for the exploration and development of outer space, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Explore Mars, Inc., Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Moon Society, Mars Society, National Society of Black Engineers, National Space Society, The Planetary Society, Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
(Please note that registration for this event closes on February 1, 2015. Due to scheduling requirements, we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any requests to register after that date.)