Available Positions (January 2021)

Mars Farming

Our latest project is dedicated to addressing the problem of food production on Mars. Initial missions to Mars will only be launched every 26 months ( ~ 2 years ) when Earth and Mars’ orbits are aligned closest. The ability to produce fresh crops using resources on Mars will be critical to ensure mental and physical wellbeing of crew for extended missions. In addition, it would be impractical to carry enough food to feed a crew for more than 2 years.

With this in mind, the Mars Farming team will research, design and prototype parts of a hydroponic lab to address the following problem statement:

Provide a steady supply of fresh food to sustain 4 people over a 2 year period

Status: Not recruiting as of January 2021


Sabatier Reactor

This project aims to research, design, and prototype a fuel generation system for Mars. Inspired by SpaceX’s mission architecture (which requires ISRU propellant production), our goal is to refuel a Starship within one launch window (26 months). Four subteams make up this project:

Test Reactor (Mechanical)
Responsible for the design, construction, and operation of a small scale laboratory sabatier reactor.

Process and Chemistry
Responsible for test reactor chemistry, experimental design, and fuel plant chemistry.

Fuel Plant Design
Responsible for full scale theoretical fuel plant design, including resource collection, processing, conveyance, and storage.

Electrical
Responsible for all electrical (software and hardware) design and construction.

Status: Not recruiting for any sub teams as of January 2021


Support Team

Want to join the team but not interested in a technical position? We are currently seeking a webmaster who will be responsible for curating the teams wordpress site, and a facilities manager who is responsible for upkeep of the team spaces and the procurement of necessary equipment or furniture.

Status: Not recruiting as of January 2021


Multidisciplinary Goals

Our team isn’t limited to Engineering students! The UBC Mars Colony team would benefit by including people of related specialties, broadening the realms of what is possible and creating a more rounded, realistic basis for our Martian colony. We have many ideas for projects to come, many would require the support of a diverse workforce. Some fields that could have related projects include:

  • Architecture – Designing models and mock-ups of possible designs of the colony
  • Psychology – Understanding the impact on a person’s mental state by living in an enclosed space
  • Sociology – Understanding interactions between people in this limited environment
  • Land and Food Systems – Agriculture of crops on Mars
  • Biology – Researching the optimal organisms to convert carbon dioxide emissions to oxygen for human survival.
  • Chemistry – Researching reactions like the Sabatier reaction to produce methane and oxygen for the colony, and helping with oxygen conversion
  • Geology – Understanding and modelling the compositions on Mars
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