What do you need to simulate Mars?
The pressure on Mars is 6 mbar, while the pressure on Earth fluctuates around 1016 mbar. The pressure difference is a factor that affects some projects, and has been expensive to test.
The temperatures on Mars surface range from -153 °C to +20 °C. We will aim for maximizing the Chamber’s temperature range.
Easy To Make
The chamber has to be easy to replicate, to make it accessible for everybody. Materials will have to be available in all countries, and no special tools should be needed
To get our chamber to widespread use, it has to be affordable to everyone, everywhere. This means low material costs, low assembly cost and minimizing the tools needed.
Where are we now?
We have chosen our challenge several weeks ago and at the moment we are gathering available information. We have contacted Honeybee Robotics company, which deals with production and testing equipment for Mars and space missions, we keep in touch with our USA supervisors from NASA.
On 16th of October we've visited Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki and were able to consult experts in the field of production of electronics and measuring devices for Mars.
Several concepts under discussion for the Mars Chamber are shape and materials. We are searching for equipment and studying methods to reach our goals. Also we are looking for partners and sponsors for our epic project.
If you are interested in helping us in this extremely facinating challenge, you are more than welcome to contact us. And of course, follow us on Instagram and check out weekly posts with pictures of our progress.
Material and shape
Getting the low pressure
Achieving target temperature
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Last few weeks there has been good buzz in our laboratory space. Seems that our prototype building is starting, slowly but surely. We got a lot of new parts and we have started to build cooling system for our chamber. At first, we will test it with dry ice and see how it will work, Read more about Mars Chamber, can we do it?[…]
So it begins, 2017. During this spring we are going to build the prototype of our Mars Chamber. Currently we are gathering information about materials: quality, availability, prices, suppliers and so on. We hope to make orders in next two weeks and start building. Yesterday we were testing PEUHMW plastic. Idea is that our chamber’s Read more about 2017[…]
In the beginning of next year we should start building our first prototype chamber. Christmas is closing in on us and it won’t be long before New Years Eve has passed and the building process should be well underway. On December 9th a pitching event is held at TAMK Campus where the three teams Read more about Our concepts and the upcoming pitching event[…]
Last two weeks have been very exciting for us. We got a vacuum pump and pressure sensor from YTM-Industrial company. Finally, we can start real work! Our first set up looks like this: (Leybold pump from YTM-Industrial Oy) Here is our plywood box connected with pump, sensor and wrapped into plastic bag. As the test Read more about We are testing![…]
As we told before, during this semester we are building Mars Chamber, which is able to simulate some of the Mars’ conditions. It has to be at least 1 m3 volume cell with possibility to change temperature in a wide range from +50°C to – 100 °C (323K-173K) and keep the set up temperature as stable Read more about The Mars Chamber[…]
This blog belongs to student team from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. We are participating in NASA Epic Challenge, which aims to achieve sustaining people on Mars. We want to solve Mars related problems and in this great project our role is to create Mars Chamber – compact and reliable cell imitating temperature and pressure Read more about Hello World![…]