Gliding in Mars


Have you ever wanted a rocket pack to soar amongst the sky? Now you can … on Mars… Gravity is less, atmospheric density is less, and the vistas are breathtaking. So come to Mars...

Buck Rogers aside, Mars is an interesting environment for out-of-this-world mobility options for an explorer. This challenge asks for the definition of a conceptual mobility solution to allow an astronaut to easily and rapidly explore Mars including overcoming obstacles such as cliffs, ravines and other difficult terrain. The solution should be person-portable and any means or source of propulsion be locally produced.

This challenge can be answered by:

  • producing an app to simulate your adventures in building your jet pack and flying around Mars;
  • produce an app that provides the local gravity, atmospheric conditions (density, weather, anything-else-of-interest) to help decide what is needed for your jet pack design;
  • perform a feasibility/conceptual study of an actual jet pack design that could use potential Mars fuel sources; or Design and Demonstrate a model scale jet pack using hardware.

our solution is to lessen the weight of an astronaut and reduce the use of fuel. The idea is to equip the astronaut with a jetpack that is filled with calculated amounts of Nitroglycerin ready to explode in steps to elevate the astronaut in the air of Mars. The steps are calculated such that the force in every step can be endured by the astronaut as he will not exceed the g-force. After elevating to the highest altitude the astronaut is to open gliders that allows him to "fly" for certain distance beore landing then repeating the whole process all over again.

This process helps the astronaut to save time and cross distance rapidly as the journey of the flight will approximately take 5 seconds until he reaches the highest altitude and then he starts gliding. However, walking should absolutely take more time than flying.

Resources Used

we used Dynamics and Thermodynamics principles in our calculations.

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