NASA Seeks Private-Public Business Partnerships to Enable the Human Desire to Explore Mars and Asteroids

Visiting Mars and a nearby asteroid is an adventure far beyond climbing the tallest mountain or sailing the deepest seas

Low-resolution VMC image acquired on 15 December 2012 at 03:10:03 GMT at an altitude of 9761.02 km above Mars, on Mars Express orbit number 11,396. On 18 December 2012, this image was selected as the symbolic
Low-resolution VMC image acquired on 15 December 2012 at 03:10:03 GMT at an altitude of 9761.02 km above Mars, on Mars Express orbit number 11,396.
On 18 December 2012, this image was selected as the symbolic “first data” to be downloaded via ESA’s new Malargüe deep-space tracking station in Argentina. The image was acquired by the Visual Monitoring Camera on the Mars orbiter and traveled 327 million km in just over 18 minutes.
The tracking pass began at about 22:11 GMT (23:11 CET) on 18 December. On arrival at the station, the data were transmitted to ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.
Credit: ESA

 

Space news (December 1, 20140) enabling the journey to Mars –

NASA recently reached out to the public to ask for proposals concerning the development of the concepts and technology required to travel to a nearby asteroid or Mars in the near future. They want to develop partnerships with private individuals and businesses to share combined funding to develop faster space propulsion systems, space habitats capable of keeping humans alive in deep space for extended periods, and small satellites to explore the solar system.

This 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated by data collected by the Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) aboard the European Space Agency's Philae spacecraft during the decent to the spacecraft's initial touchdown on the comet Nov. 12.
This 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated by data collected by the Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae spacecraft during the descent to the spacecraft’s initial touchdown on the comet Nov. 12.

NASA and their partners will make use of the Moon and space around it to help enable the next phase of the human journey to the beginning of space and time. It will be easier to both manufactures many of the things needed to enable the journey and develop many of the technologies required on or in space around the Moon. At the same time, we’ll learn many things about traveling and surviving in space needed to make the trip and return.

NASA seeks proposals to develop a state-of-the-art solar electric propulsion system in the 50 to the 300-kilowatt range. Currently, NASA uses systems generating less than five kilowatts. They have also selected proposals to develop a solar electric propulsion system in the 40-kilowatt range.

NASA currently has Orion in development, a human habitation capable of keeping four human beings alive in deep space for 21 days and bringing them back to Earth in one piece. They seek proposals concerning possible studies and the development of technologies and concepts to allow humans to travel to a nearby asteroid or Mars and return safely after exploring extensively.

They intend to study architecture, subsystems, and engineering of a modular habitat capable of doing the job. NASA will use any habitat designed and engineered to enable planned missions to the Moon, which will help test it for use in future missions. Studies proposed should address transportation, habitation, operations or environmental capabilities of a modular space habitat.

NASA’s also hoping to form partnerships with private firms and individuals in the development and delivery of small satellites called CubeSats. Proposals selected will fly as secondary payloads on Exploration Mission-1, which offers an opportunity to launch these CubeSats into deep space and enable future space science, technology growth, exploration and commercial applications.

NASA wants to provide rewards or incentives for private concerns and individuals desiring to take a hand or increase their stake in the future of human space exploration through this announcement. They’re doing this in order to both accomplish current missions and objectives and sustain current investments in space technologies and capabilities needed to journey to the beginning of space and time. They expect partners to contribute significantly to any agreement since any technology or capabilities developed could make a lot of money.

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NASA asks all interested private firms or individuals to submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST December 12, 2014.  American businesses, charities and international institutions are all eligible to apply. All rewards or incentives can be affected by the amount of money available. NASA could hold off on making awards until it receives funding for the next year or decides to make awards in certain areas and keep the rest back until they know exactly where they stand financially.

You can find more information on this NASA initiative here.

For more information on NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships go here.

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Bohemia Interactive Launches First Manned Mission to Mars

Expedition One looking for rough and ready candidates to “Take on Mars”

Take on Mars allows you to virtually travel to Mars and set up permanent living accommodations
Take on Mars allows you to virtually travel to Mars and set up permanent living accommodations

Space news – (Mars) Have you dreamed of being one of the first humans to travel to the Red Planet and set up permanent accommodations? Bohemia Interactive is looking for a few good men and women to crew the first manned mission to Mars. Expedition One will travel to Mars, explore the planet, and construct suitable living accommodations for a permanent stay.

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Expedition One of Take on Mars is currently looking for a few good men and women to act as crew for the first manned mission to Mars
Expedition One of Take on Mars is currently looking for a few good men and women to act as crew for the first manned mission to Mars

Living and surviving in the harsh environments of Mars will be unlike any adventure you have experienced on planet Earth. This journey will require you to go well beyond climbing the tallest mountain or sailing the deepest sea. The challenges before you exceed those faced by every human adventurer that has travelled into unknown lands. Your name shall go down in history as one of the first human beings to successfully inhabit the Red Planet or die trying.

You’ll need to manage the resources you take along and search for resources you need to survive once you construct a habitat. Oxygen and water will be required both for survival and to grow plants to supplement food stocks. Getting all the necessary minerals and vitamins required for normal human development and survival is going to be a real challenge on Mars.

Bohemia Interactive’s “Take on Mars” is a simulation of the first manned mission to Mars, allowing gamers and budding scientists to experience the thrill and challenge of travelling to the Red Planet and setting up permanent accommodations. Expedition One is the first phase of plans for the human race to virtually colonize Mars; just one step in the human journey to Mars.

You can sign up for Expedition One and “Take on Mars” on Steam for only $14 Euro/ $18 US/ $12 Pounds. This is the adventure you dreamed of living. Time to start living the dream!

 

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