Mars Society Announces “Red Eagle” International Student Engineering Contest to Design Mars Lander
The Mars Society is announcing an international student engineering contest to design a lander capable of delivering a ten metric ton payload safety to the Martian surface. The contest is open to teams from all nations, and teams are free to choose any technology to accomplish the mission. Teams need to submit design reports of no more than 50 pages by March 31, 2018.
These contest reports will be evaluated by judges and serve as the basis for a down-select to ten finalists who will be invited to present their work in person at the next International Mars Society Convention in September 2018. The first place winning team will receive a trophy and a $10,000 cash prize. Second through fifth place winners will receive trophies and prizes of $5,000, 3,000, $2000, and $1,000 respectively. In honor of the first craft used to deliver astronauts to another world, the contest is being named “Red Eagle.”
The key missing capability required to send human expeditions to Mars is the ability to land large payloads on the Red Planet. The largest capacity demonstrated landing system is that used by ...