UWA Engineering students aim to generate first breathable air on Mars

Helena Payload Project

 

UWA Engineering students aim to generate first breathable air on Mars

A project by students from The University of Western Australia and Mars One astronaut candidate Josh Richards has reached the finals of an international competition. The project aims to land vital experiments on the Red Planet. Called the Helena Payload project, it aims to generate the first breathable air on Mars, and is one of 10 finalists in the Mars One University Competition.

UWA engineering student and Helena co-lead, Andre Van Vulpen, said the project, developed in conjunction with Perth physicist and Mars One astronaut candidate Josh Richards, would be the first example of life-support technology on the surface of Mars and a precursor to the arrival of the Mars One colonists in 2025. “Our experiment will hopefully pave the way to ensure the survival of the elected astronauts on the Red Planet, as we attempt to produce oxygen from Martian resources,” Andre said.

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