The Occupy Mars Learning Adventure

Training Jr. Astronauts, Scientists & Engineers


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International Students We Need Your Help: Help USA students build a Mars Lander and share a big prize

Get Involved in Mars Society “Red Eagle” Student Contest to Design Mars Lander

Students and from the Barboza Space Center will support other teams that want to try for this new international competition.  Write your letter for possible collaboration and send it to Barboza Space Center (Suprschool@aol.com.  Attention Bob Barboza.

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What do I need to do to get started?

The Mars Society recently announced plans for an international student engineering contest to design a lander capable of delivering a ten metric ton payload safely to the surface of Mars. The competition is open to student teams from around the world. Participants are free to choose any technology to accomplish the proposed mission and need to submit design reports of no more than 50 pages by March 31, 2018.

These contest reports will be evaluated by a panel of judges and will 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.”

Background:

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 Curiosity, which delivered 1 ton. That is not enough to support human expeditions, whose minimal requirement is a ten ton landing capacity. NASA has identified this as a key obstacle to human missions to Mars, but has no program to develop any such lander. SpaceX had a program, called Red Dragon, which might have created a comparable capability, but it was cancelled when NASA showed no interest in using such a system to soft land crews returning to Earth from the ISS or other near-term missions.

In the absence of such a capability, NASA has been reduced to proposing irrelevant projects, such as building a space station in lunar orbit (not needed for either lunar or Mars expeditions), or claim that it is working on the technology for large visionary interplanetary spaceships which will someday sail from lunar orbit to Mars orbit and back, accomplishing nothing.

For full details about the Red Eagle student engineering contest, including team rules, guidelines and requirements, please click here.

 

 

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How can the International Space Station Help The Occupy Mars Projects?

Who wants to launch a satellite?  Student at the Barboza Space Center are designing, building and repairing satellite prototypes in the hopes of one day carrying their experiments to the International Space Station.  Nanoracks is a company that makes that all possible.

 

NanoRacks Launches Full External Cygnus Deployer, New Customers, and More to Space Station on OA-8

With the launch of the OA-8 mission, NanoRacks has now brought over 600 payloads to space, and introduced numerous new customers to the commercial ISS marketplace.

Wallops Island, VA, November 12, 2017 – Early this morning, the Orbital ATK CRS-8 (OA-8) launch carried another historic NanoRacks mission to the International Space Station (ISS). With a completely full NanoRacks External Cygnus Deployer (ENRCSD), a virtual reality camera, and educational research, this mission marks over 600 NanoRacks payloads delivered to the ISS since 2009.

This mission is enabling a unique virtual reality opportunity with National Geographic’s VUZE camera. Integrated and launched via NanoRacks, VUZE will allow for the recording of the new National Geographic series “One Strange Rock,” in which the astronaut crew will record a series of virtual reality pieces for incorporation into a larger documentary about natural history and the solar system. This is National Geographic’s first time launching with NanoRacks.

NanoRacks is also pleased to have launched the “Microbes in Space” educational experiment. Microbes in Space is one of two experiments launching to the ISS via a partnership with NanoRacks, DreamUp, and Xtronaut as a part of a Kickstarter campaign to build on-the-ground kits that will compare science at home and in the classroom to real science in space. The Kickstarter is now live, with kits beginning at just a $25 donation.

Additionally, OA-8 is the fourth mission in which NanoRacks is providing opportunities for CubeSat deployment from Cygnus after the vehicle departs from the station. The NanoRacks ENRCSD is installed on the exterior of the Cygnus service module with the capability to deploy satellites after Cygnus’ completion of its primary ISS resupply mission.

On this ENRCSD mission, NanoRacks has 14 satellites ready to be deployed with customers including the NRO Office of Space Launch, Asgardia, Spire, Tyvak, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Included in this External Cygnus manifest are also The Aerospace Corporation’s AeroCube B/C satellites, water-based propulsion CubeSats.

“OA-8 is yet another unique mission for NanoRacks,” says Senior Mission Manager Henry Martin. “We’re thrilled to have a full External Cygnus Deployer, displaying its maximum capability. This mission also brings new customers from outside the industry into space while continuing partnerships with existing customers like Spire for their ongoing satellite constellation. Notably, this mission will also deploy our first-ever propulsive satellite from the Cygnus spacecraft.”

The ENRCSD satellites are scheduled to be deployed from the Cygnus vehicle early December at an altitude above the ISS orbit, pending all nominal spacecraft operations.

The External Cygnus Deployer includes in the following satellites:
  • ISARA
  • PROPCUBE
  • Lemur-2 (8 CubeSats)
  • Aerocube B/C (2 CubeSats)
  • Asgardia-1
  • CHEFSat
ISARA and Aerocube B/C are funded through NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP), which is chartered to develop and mature technologies to enhance and expand the capabilities of small spacecraft with a particular focus on communications, propulsion, pointing, power, and autonomous operations.

Also on board the OA-8 mission are two CubeSats that will be deployed via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer onboard the ISS. The satellites, EcAMSat and TechEdSat-6 each come from NASA Ames Research Center.

EcAMSat is a biological CubeSat that will investigate the effects of microgravity on the antibiotic resistance of E. coli, a bacterial pathogen responsible for urinary tract infections.  The EcAMSat flight opportunity is offered by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) as part of the thirteenth installment of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission, and sponsored by the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP).

By the time the OA-8 External Cygnus mission is complete, NanoRacks will have deployed over 200 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

NanoRacks would like to thank Orbital ATK and the NASA International Space Station Program for their continued support of NanoRacks operations on the ISS.

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Occupy Mars Band Performing “Lights On Puerto Rico” Theme Song

 

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The Lights On Puerto Rico Project

We are calling on students, teachers, musicians and music lovers to join us on the making of the theme song “Lights On Puerto Rico”.  This is a not for profit project to help students on  the island of Puerto Rico.   Our goal is to insure that we do not forget about Puerto Rico.  We want to keep Puerto Rico in the conversation.

You can help by singing our theme song and recording it by cell phone and sending it to Kids Talk Radio.  You can sing or play it by yourself or with a group.   We will provide the support, sheet music and permissions by PDF file.

This project will give you and your group an opportunity to help put a smile on a few faces in Puerto Rico.

If you have any other ideas that might help, we setup a special websites where our students are using STEAM++ (science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, mathematics, computer languages and foreign languages) to keep the conversation going.

These are tough times in the USA and around the world.  Maybe if we work tougher, we can make this world a better place.  This project is a good first step.

Some of our students and teachers are using ideas from our Occupy Mars project technology to find creative ways to use science, technology and engineering to help Puerto Rico.

We hope you will join us and help to put a smile on a few faces

Bob Barboza, Founder/Director

Barboza Space Center

Kids Talk Radio Science

suprschool@aol.com

www.KidsTalkRadioScience.com

www.KidsTalkRadioPuertoRico.WordPress.com

About the song: “ Light On Puerto Rico”

This song is a collaboration of Bob Barboza and Michael Vlatkovich. It was composed and arranged for the people of Puerto Rico and not for commercial purposes.  You need permission to use this song.  Send your email to suprschool@aol.com.  Most  people were recruited to participate in this program.  We are happy to communicate with you.

November 1, 2017.

© 2017, Light On Puerto Rico, All rights reserved.