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Design of An Innovative Module for Mars Habitation

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference

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Waco, Texas

Publication Date

March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

End Date

March 26, 2021

Page Count

10

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https://peer.asee.org/36371

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Edgar Reyes University of Texas at Tyler

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Edgar Reyes is an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Texas at Tyler. His interests include thermal fluid sciences and alternative energy systems.

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Mohammad Abu Rafe Biswas The University of Texas at Tyler Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4077-7979

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Dr. Rafe Biswas is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His expertise and interests include process dynamics and control, fuel cell systems and thermal fluid engineering education. He teaches courses in system dynamics and control, process control, energy conversion, and thermal fluids laboratory at the Houston Engineering Center. He also has been advisor and mentor to several senior design project groups.

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Andres C Garcia The University of Texas at Tyler

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Benjamin Lee Stilwell The University of Texas at Tyler Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-2616-376X

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Jongin Aaron Sithideth The University of Texas at Tyler

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Graduating Mechanical Engineering candidate from the University of Texas at Tyler with ambitious leadership and dynamic interpersonal skills. He has completed a research internship for a Fortune 1000 company, an internship for a process heating manufacturer, and managed a team of 7 solidifying work structure within the organization. His passions include continuous learning and bettering others around him. Industry of interest include aeronautics and astronautics.

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Christian Puckett

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Christopher Nobinger University of Texas at Tyler

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Current undergraduate

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Abstract

The idea of Mars exploration has existed as a strong ambition in society since the 1960s. However, the greatest challenge to exploration would be the Martian conditions which make it impossible to sustain life through natural methods. To combat this, a base implemented will need to artificially create an Earth-like environment in which life can thrive. This base would need to include a food production system for astronauts during their time of deployment to increase the quality of life and increase chances of survival. A group of 5 undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Tyler suggest innovative methods which would allow for the implementation of an aquaponics system in Mars in order to meet the demand of continuous, sustainable, fresh food production. This work showcases how an aquaponics module could ideally be implemented, in which 75 plants and 224 fish can thrive while keeping the power consumption of the module under 10 kW.

Reyes, E., & Biswas, M. A. R., & Garcia, A. C., & Stilwell, B. L., & Sithideth, J. A., & Puckett, C., & Nobinger, C., & Ellis, C. (2021, March), Design of An Innovative Module for Mars Habitation Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36371

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