Designing an Industrial Ecology…


Designing an Industrial Ecology………means building each machine as a integral part of a larger whole.

ASU basement machine shop and birth place of MarsTrac

Tools used to make other tools.

“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.

The Life Trac 6, by Open Source Ecology

Our inspiration,  the Life Trac 6, by Open Source Ecology

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.

Mars Desert Research Station, Utah

Mars Desert Research Station, 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 contacts page and get a hold of any one of us and we’ll work you through to see what you can do with us to help making an off world industrial ecology a reality, and not just science fiction

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