Usually when you try to foresee where the space exploration would bring us, and you are walking through different concepts with childish curiosity, after some time you might notice that two kind of ideas are dominating.
The first group looks fine. Designs are technically feasible. Any disruptive, undiscovered technologies are needed, so actually concepts might be built and seen in our lifetime. But something is missing there and this absence disappoints us.
The second approach looks fantastic. Concepts are breath-taking, daring and extremely futuristic. It’s exactly what you would like to see, how the future should look like. But after short enchantment, you know that you would need Back to the Future’s DeLorean to see it built.
Within our concept we are trying to balance both of them. The technical realism blended with a drop of futuristic madness and stubborn concentration on beauty…
Presented size of the station is minimum that would be necessary to provide almost full self-sufficiency, where most of parts would be produced and assembled on-site.
Landing site and launch pad assumes “local Martial launchers”. There will be no direct flight from Earth, spaceship from Earth/Mars will dock to the low orbit Mars station, where transfer of people and cargo will be made.
As solar cells are low effective in Mars’ distance from the Sun, energy will be provided by nuclear power station, located in safe distance from a station.
Station will be located close to most promising minerals source to set-up a main mine. Autonomous excavators will transport excavated resources (materials, minerals, soil) to the base. They will be processed there to obtain raw materials for additional manufacturing process in order to produce building blocks and components for base’s expansion. One of the raw materials received will be sulphur based Martian concrete, made from Martial soil and sulphur, both available on red planet.
Considering the habitat on Mars is a great opportunity to recall futuristic visions of Japanese metabolism from 1960s. Trusting in architecture as self-sufficient, plastic organism, as well as creating modular, growing city was a starting point of the project.
Station development will be made in three phases. During first, the main module will be built together with launch/landing pad. It will contain minimum crew to create the base self-sufficient environment (life support system, food production, medical centre, sports centre, control centre, crew quarters, small workshop, small power plant, small laboratories and common space).
During second phase elements required for further expansion will be added, but mostly those that might be operated autonomously or remotely. It will include large power plant, manufacturing centre and workshop.
As the third phase large module for food production will be built, as well as new crew quarters, scientific laboratories and the airport. Small airport is an additional convenience to the complex, which allows motor gliders to be used for reconnaissance, research and to reach further spots from the base.
We named our base Elon’s dream. We hope he will like it. We do.