With the design of the new international space station, one has the opportunity to utilize the first modules on Mars.
A Mars base would provide a priceless chance to research and analyze new propulsion systems and extraterrestrial dwellings, as well as transmission and life support systems.
As one scientific writer observed “Some of the possible export options include: possible water from the permanently shadowed craters, precious metals from asteroid impact sites, and even helium-3 that could fuel a pollution-free terrestrial civilization for many centuries”.
At a fundamental level, we already have the knowledge and experience regarding how to sustain ourselves on Mars, because humans have been living on the International Space Station for years.
Effective and efficient in utilization of solar power, each module or capsule aims to be self-sustaining and utilizes recycled water inside. The current PLSS technologies have already demonstrated their credibility over the past fourteen years on various international Space Stations and one can have the confidence to use these water-recycling mechanisms that balance oxygen and carbon levels. There will be ample life support know how here, based upon scientific principles, to provide a footing for the first human colonization on Mars.
Additionally, this concept facilitates concrete implementation of the futuristic aspirations associated with the new modules. This design offers much mobility in terms of its own layout and can expand easily. This is a prototype, that can be easily be built and it is serviceable and cost-effective in terms of maintenance.
The main building concept is to have the necessary life-saving radiation shields against Solar wind, to be located inside the round Magnetosphere ring.
The modules have various insulations not unlike the Space Shuttle thermal protection system (TPS) in order to protect them from the extreme cold.
The flexible living module can easily fit into the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle B. Once the ‘taxi’ transporter arrives outside the Mar’s orbit, it is then possible to pick up the modules and transfer them to Mars. From the Space Shuttle B, the supplies, such as electronical equipment and other regular life sustaining materials can all be collected by the ‘taxi’ transporter.
Each module has enough room for up to 12 astronauts and there can be shifts several times a year.
The time it will take to set up these modules will be short and easy to implement from the landed transporter. One anticipates that these modules form a permanent base from which to operate on and to provide the necessary experience and scientific knowledge for the next adventurers later.
Finally, the intention is to create these modules as iconic, seen from afar, as a space station for any aspiring astronaut who wishes to come and explore the vast and beautiful Landscape on Mars.