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Designing an Industrial Ecology………means building each machine as a integral part of a larger whole.
“Every tool requires a simpler tool to build it, all the way back to your first resources: water, rocks, sunlight, gasses. If you build as a whole ecology, with every device dependent on, or enabling a number of other devices, you can build incredible redundancy without added complexity.”
MarsTrac is a multidisciplinary university team designing open source, modular, and sustainable industrial vehicles and equipment for use on other worlds. We use traditional and additive manufacturing techniques.
Our vehicle’s initial platform is the LifeTrac 6 design from the Open Source Ecology’s Global Village Construction Set. We are redesigning the power source, wheels, drive system and control suite to better suit a Mars analog environment. Field tests for version one are scheduled for early next year, in cooperation with Mars Without Borders, at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah.
We have teamed up with the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Dassault Systemes (SolidWorks), the School of Earth & Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University, as well as sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson (Red Mars) to bring about this unique approach to the human development of Mars.
Interested in how you too can be a part of making this dream of ours a reality? Head on over to our official Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and spread the word to help out in funding MarsTrac, the Open Source Construction Rover.