|Purpose||Mars Descent||Mars Ascent|
|Engines||9 Asterex||9 Asterex|
After months of studies, mainly old papers from the 70s and 80s, we have decided on the setup we'll use to leave Mars surface.
For propellant we chose Nitrogen (biggest tank) as oxidizer, MMH (middle tank) as fuel, and Helium (small tank) as pressure gas.
A Laval nozzle for the kick, all clustered in nine sets underneath our sitting platform (imagine the coolest flying carpet yet).
Use carbon fiber all we can; for fun we once took a class in the Bay Area how to make it (basically glue it, bake it and squeeze the heck out of it). Our instructor, incidentally, had worked on the cool Solar Impulse plane.
Counting and sketching is one thing, actually visualizing our ideas in CAD is another. All of the sudden it hits you: We'll actually do this. Sit on that thing. Drive it to a Space ship somewhere above Mars.
Well, off to the 3D printers.
|Body T C||37.1||37.0|