Hey everyone! We post a lot about this material called “Mylar”, however you may be wondering, what exactly is Mylar? And what are we using it for? Authentic Mylar® is a material developed by Dupont in the early 1950’s (1). It’s chemical name is biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate, or BoPET. This is actually not what we … More What Exactly is Mylar?
Recently at UBC Mars Colony we have been testing various adhesives under Mars-like conditions, the objective of this experiment is to determine which adhesive would hold our Mylar together the most effectively. To qualitatively measure this we took small samples pieces of Mylar, held together by the adhesive, and dipped them into liquid nitrogen for … More Qualitative Mylar Adhesive Testing
Hey everyone! Just updating you on our current progress on our airlock. We have received most of our parts, with some still on the way and are now starting most of the construction. Recently, as you may have seen on Facebook, we have water-jet cut our doors, and are currently in progress of attaching I-beams … More Current Progress
Super exciting news from Mars Colony today… we have doors for our lock! Last week we were able to get our water-jet cutting done for our airlock’s two doors. Below is picture of the door after it was cut, all our team’s hard work is starting to pay off! Right now the mechanical team is … More Airlock Doors
This past Saturday two team members, Kyle and Mark, went to the Richmond Public Library for the NEGM (National Engineering and Geoscience Month) Annual Popsicle Bridge Building Competition hosted by Engineers and Geoscientists BC. At the event we brought mesh wire and had students blow up a balloon inside it, which only a single student … More NEGM Event
Construction is approaching at Mars Colony! We have received our shipments of the Mylar, rope and LOTS of aluminium over the past few weeks, and more deliveries should be coming soon. It was quite a task trying to get the Mylar back to our work space, as it was quite heavy and awkward to carry. … More Deliveries Have Arrived!
Last Tuesday the world watched in awe as the most powerful operational rocket took launch. After being delayed for two hours due to high winds the Falcon Heavy launched at 12:45 PT and it was perfect, on top of that two out of the three boosters successfully landing. The third booster was the center core … More Falcon Heavy Launch
UBC Mars Colony is looking for more technical and support members to join the team. We are into our final year for the airlock we are building, and need help putting it all together on top of further design work. All subteams are up for grabs, depending on the experience of those applying. To find … More Winter Recruiting: Positions Open
UBC Mars Colony Fall 2017 Team Photo – click post to view photo. This photo is incomplete! Some of our wonderful team members were unable to be present.
Last week we pressure tested a single layer of our mylar seal. It performed even better than we’d anticipated, withstanding ~ 16 psi before failing beside the seal. We plan to use 2-3 layers of mylar on our airlock, but even with only a single layer, it would be able to withstand enough pressure, although … More Mylar Seal Pressure Tested