The studio aims to create a human settlement on the planet Mars that will grow from 50 pax to 300 pax. Studio was divided into 7 groups. Our group focused on transportation.
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The scale of transportation can be global, regional and local. Space terminal falls into the global category with Terminal as a hub and launching/ landing pads as nodes.
The scale of transportation can be global, regional and local. Space terminal falls into the global category with Terminal as a hub and launching/ landing pads as nodes. As the size of settlement grows to 500 pax and 3000 pax, the transportation can expand to regional and local scale respectively.
The objective of establishing an interplanetary transport hub on Mars is to facilitate communication and connection between individuals who have left their lives and loved ones to explore the planet, as well as to encourage and advance the exploration of space and Mars.
| AI EXPLORATION
| MATERIAL AND SITE STUDY
Masterplan: Following the hexagonal grid concept of the colony, A Main grid of 100m and a sub grid of 50m is made. The terminal is located in the middle and heavy lift landing pads 200m away from it. The cargo terminal is only 100m from the terminal and from heavy lift landing pads and 50m apart from each other. A monorail connects the terminal with the human settlement. The main terminal is connected landing/ launching pads.
| TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Launch pads: The launch pads are created over a excavated, flattened and hardened foundation which has a radius of 100m. The inner zone that is a raised platform has a radius of 50m. A tunnel is created that acts as an eject barrier. This tunnel absorbs the dust along with barrier walls that separate the launch pads from the surroundings. The barrier walls are 14m high and slightly slanted inwards to provide maximum protection.
Terminal: Inside the terminal. The staged maintenance facility acts as the focal point of design for the entire terminal. The hexagon concept is again replicated to offset the stage. Arches of 10m height are offsetted, slanted and lofted to create vaults. These vaults house storage area, a service area and a civilian departure and arrival zone. The vault is 3D printed to have waffle structure that offers strength and lightweight. The printing starts at an angle of 60* and continues inward. Then we have the waffle 3d printed structure. The vault is covered with regolith and offers better protection from the harmful radiation. The vaults are topped by a tower. Tower consists of 2 shells, The inner and the outer shell. The outer shell is 3D printed horizontally while the inner shell is composed of structural framing and glass panels. The tower has a dome on top of it that allows natural light into the main rocket hanger and floor plates.