2016 ~ Present| Section - VVD

M.A.R.S: Martian Advanced Renewable Systems

GOALS: NASA, Georgia Tech, and GTRI are developing energy technologies to support future missions to Mars. The VIP M.A.R.S. Team will research, develop, and test renewable energy systems in collaboration with scientists and engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Moon and Mars offer difficult challenges to NASA’s ambitious plan for exploration, including acquisition of reliable and renewable energy, functional designs for extreme heat and cold, food production strategies, and dust mitigation. The goal of this team will be to address new applications for energy systems in extreme environments relating to energy generation, storage, and efficient use in Martian habitats. 

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Physics, mechanical design, architecture, rapid prototyping, testing and evaluation, piezoelectric and triboelectric energy, graphene supercapacitors, and engineered Biosystems.


1)     Development of innovative, renewable energy systems for extreme environments

2)     Dust mitigation methodologies for lunar and Martian operations

3)     Net-zero energy practices for sustainable food production

4)     Design of low-energy habitats.

MEETING TIME: Tues, 11:00 -12:30

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: NASA-KSC, Delaware North Companies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, GTRI

ADVISORS: Paula Gomez (GTRI), John Hakinson (GTRI), Bharat Kathpalia (GTRI), Kevin Caravati (GTRI), Francisco Valdes (GTRI), 


ME - interest in renewable energy systems, mechanical design

AE - systems design, lunar and martian operations

BIO - biological systems, agricultural sensing

MSE - Materials research, behavior of systems in extreme environments

CoA - architectural design, building construction, human computer interaction

CONTACT: Francisco Valdes - francisco.valdes@gtri.gatech.edu

AWARDS: Won first place in 2018 VIP Innovation Competition's Systems Track and won third place in 2018 VIP Innovation Competition's Hardware/Devices Track