Projects Summary

  • MIT Homesteading Mars Project (Sep 2022 - )
    • A new project team is currently being formed for entry into the NASA 2023 RASC-AL Competition
    • Design-only challenge. Ends with a presentation to NASA and industry judges at Cocoa Beach, Florida in June 2023
    • Objective: to develop a crewed human exploration architecture of Mars that can enable astronauts to survive on the surface of Mars for at least 7 years with minimal support from Earth.​
       
  • MIT Lunar Forge Project (Sep 2022 -)
    • A new project team is currently being formed for entry into the NASA 2023 BIG Idea Challenge
    • Design and build challenge. Ends with a demonstration of our hardware at NASA's Glenn Research Center in November 2023.
    • Objective: to design, develop, and demonstrate technologies that will enable the production of lunar infrastructure from ISRU-derived metals found on the Moon.
       
  • BART & MARGE (Oct 2021 - Jun 2022)
    • Bipropellant All-in-one in-situ Resource utilization Truck & Mobile Autonomous Reactor Generating Electricity
    • A fully mobile & fully integrated double-fault tolerant architecture to produce methane and oxygen propellant on Mars
    • 2022 NASA's RASC-AL Forum, First Place Overall and Best in Theme, 20-23 June 2022, Cocoa Beach, FL
    • Proposal video (2 min), technical paper, poster, and final presentation video (~45 min) describing the BART & MARGE concept
       
  • WORMS (Feb - Nov 2022)
    • Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System
    • Modular robot architecture for lunar exploration and infrastructure development
    • 2022 NASA's BIG Idea Challenge, Finalist, 16-18 November 2022, Pasadena, CA
    • Proposal video (Jan 2022, 3 min) and development video (Oct 2022, ~4min) describing the WORMS concept

  • SELTI (2021-2024)
    • Self Erecting Lunar Tower for Instruments
    • For science and line-of-sight support to small rovers exploring lunar permanently shadowed regions
    • In active development under a Space Act Agreement with NASA Langley Research Center
    • Lab hours: Tue ~5-9pm, weekly meeting: Wed 5-6pm
       
  • HYDRATION III  (2019-2021)
    • High-Yield Dihydrogen monoxide Retrieval And Terrain Identification On New worlds
    • For Moon and Mars prospecting and water production from subsurface ice
    • NASA's Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. Awards: First Place, Most Water Collected, Best Technical Poster
    • NASA video (~10 min) of interview of MIT team members at the competition finals
       
  • MELLTT (2019-2021)
    • Multifunctional Expandable Lunar Lightweight Tall Tower
    • For line-of-sight support to small rovers exploring lunar permanently shadowed regions
    • NASA's BIG Idea Challenge. Awards: Path to Flight Award, Industry Collaboration Peer Award
    • MELLTT trailer (1 min), tech demo video (3 min) and final presentation (28 min)
       
  • HYDRATION (2018-2019)
    • High-Yield Dihydrogen monoxide Retrieval And Terrain Identification ONew worlds
    • For Moon and Mars prospecting and water production from subsurface ice
    • NASA's Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. Award: Best Technical Paper
       
  • HYDRA (2017-2018)
    • High-Yield Dihydrogen monoxide Retrieval Assembly
    • For Mars water production from subsurface ice
    • NASA's Mars Ice Challenge. Award: Best Technical Paper
       
  • MARINA (2016-2017)
    • MAnaged Reconfigurable In-space Nodal Assembly
    • For a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit
    • NASA's RASC-AL Forum. Award: First Place in the Graduate Division