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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Young scientists awarded for a flyby of Venus and Mars on Skype

The Russian project of a flyby of Mars and Venus for 588 days with a crew of two took fourth place in international student competition Gemini Mars Design Competition organized by the Mars society — well-known U.S. organization advocating for the promotion of promising space projects. How was the competition, what impressed the jury members in the development of our young scientists, and the project further, we found out after talking with the head of team Russia Alexander HOHLOVYM – engineer-designer from St. Petersburg.

Team Russia with Robert by Sabrinam

Recall that a year ago, two dozen young professionals from organizations of our space industry have teamed up to bring the dream of space and prove to the world that human flight to Mars and even Venus are possible. In their free time they, solely on their own, pored over the design for a flyby of two planets on the basis of already created missiles and ships. And now, a year later, spoke with him on the international student competition in Washington.

The guys made a bet on a flyby trajectory one mission at the dawn of the space age, the experts considered a natural preliminary step in developing interplanetary missions. She also quite economical in terms of fuel consumption due to the fact that the ship goes into orbit of the planet and does not include brake motors.

It will look like a spacecraft to flyby Venus and Mars in space

As ships of the Russian team chose to fly around the Sun for 588 days module based on the European ATV and upgraded the Soyuz spacecraft with boosters. To start “planning” in the 2021 first to Venus and after the flyby using a gravitational maneuver, turn to Mars.

Nine of the ten commands, get the result of a strict selection before the final, gathered 24 September at the Catholic University in Washington, which hosted the annual conference of the Mars society. Our tenth team, defended his project… on Skype.

In the end, first place for best engineering project of flight to Mars went to the team from the University of Cranfield (UK), the second Japanese, the third place went to the team from the United States, and the fourth team from Russia. By the way, was among the finalists of another Russian team of Skoltech, but she was left without a Cup.

The jury assessed the design of the Martian ships, the trajectory, the economic component – as far as justified by the stated cost of the mission. Have also been taken into account and the scientific component of the presented projects expeditions.

The points of the jury of the Russians behind the winners by only 7% and 3% of Americans, who took third place. In addition to the prize Cup enthusiasts from Team Russia will be given more cash and prizes in the amount of two thousand dollars. The President of the Mars society Robert Zubrin emphasized the integrity of the Russian design and good exterior styling, vehicle modules (internal they have not yet mastered).

The President of the Mars society Robert Zubrin presents the Cup to Russians on Skype

“For me and for the team is an important stage in life, this victory shows that we have something to offer the world as a working concept for manned space flights”, – says Alexander Khokhlov.

Unfortunately, Roscosmos guys no one has yet managed to congratulate her. “They’re not interested,” says Alexander. Projects space enthusiasts almost fall into their field of vision”.

Which is not true of the representatives from NASA: members of the jury of the “Martian” of the competition, we were “greeted” by at least three members: the former head of the Ames research center Pete worden, a specialist on strategy, policy and survey activities Greg Williams, a chemist from the Kennedy space Center Anthony Muscatello. For the evaluation of youth projects took the trouble to drive up the Director on perspective projects of the company Rasah Steve Davis…

It is believed that if our team was physically present in Washington on defense that could be among the three first winners, but from personal attendance at the defense of the project much depends. Guys, according to them, were treated in large institutions and to the Russian businessmen for support (they had only to help with the tickets), but, alas, all turned a blind eye…


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