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The project page gives details on most of my past projects, as well as a brief inside on the current ones.

NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Each year, NASA and NSS organize a space settlement design contest, challenging students to design and theoretically build a self sustaining space module to serve as a permanent home for more than 10,000 people.

Students are meant to address multiple issues, ranging from technical inquiries to life sciences problems, governmental issues, as well as political and economic ones.

Solaris

Solaris won the First Prize, Individual Category, 9-10 Grade in 2012. The contest statistics, as well as the official results are available here: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2012/index.html

Solaris Cover

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Introduction

SOLARIS 1 Episode One: Structural Design

SOLARIS 2 Episode Two: Technical Engineering

SOLARIS 3 Episode Three: Construction of Solaris

SOLARIS 4 Episode Four: Life Design

SOLARIS 5 Episode Five: Automation and Defense

SOLARIS 6 Episode Six: Research, Business and Expansion

Bibliography

Neo Space Settlement

Neo Space Settlement won the First Prize, Small Team Category, 11 Grade and Second Prize for Literary Merit in 2013. The contest statistics, as well as the official results are available here: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2013/index.html. (Neo Space Settlement was created in an international team, with students from Romania and the US.)

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 Neo Space Settlement

Olympus

Olympus won the Third Prize, Large Team Category, 12 Grade in 2014. The contest statistics, as well as the official results are available here: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2014/index.html. (Olympus was created in an international team, with students from Romania and the US.)

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 Olympus

NSS Roadmap Contest

According to NSS, the winners receive the following:

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

Publication on the cover of the National Space Society magazine, Ad Astra
An award certificate at the annual International Space Development Conference
Complimentary registration to the 2014 International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, California (does not include travel, accommodations, meals, etc.)
1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription to Ad Astra magazine
5 complimentary copies of the Ad Astra magazine the art work is featured on
Publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar (if published), including being a finalist for the cover art for such calendar
5 complimentary copies of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
Publication on the NSS website “Winner’s Gallery” for this contest
Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or other NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

Each First Prize winner will receive:

1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription to Ad Astra magazine
Publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar (if published)
2 complimentary copies of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
Publication on the NSS website “Winner’s Gallery” for this contest
Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or other NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

Any Honorable Mention winners will receive:

1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription to Ad Astra magazine
Possible publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar
A complimentary copy of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
Publication on the NSS website “Winner’s Gallery” for this contest
Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or other NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

2013 Edition

Results: http://www.nss.org/settlement/calendar/roadmap/gallery2013.htm
Grand Prize winner, Asteroid Mining Module, was featured on the cover of NSS Magazine Ad Astra (here: http://www.nss.org/adastra/)
Honorable Mention with Jupiter Orbital Space Settlement. All other design entries were used to be for the conference promotional materials.

2014 Edition

Results: http://www.nss.org/settlement/calendar/roadmap/2014/gallery.htm
Won First Prize with Asteroid Mining near Mars.

Odysseus Contest

Submitted the Amun Mining Mission Project for the European Space Agency (ESA) Odysseus Pan-European Contest.

The entry can be viewed here: http://www.odysseus-contest.eu/?page_id=1358&cntr=24&odct=36.

The project is submitted below: Amun Mining Mission.

Conrad Awards

October 2012, semifinalist with 3 projects signed up for three different categories; participated in an international team (USA – Romania).

Project description – contest challenging students to inventing new products, aiding aviation and aerospace, cyber security and energy. My team competed in all three categories and qualified for semi-finals. However, our submissions were selected and sent towards companies in their respective domains.

http://potentiaconradawards.wordpress.com/

http://conradawardsras.wordpress.com/

Humans in Space Art Competition, NASA

November 2012 – participated with 3 projects, signed up for three different categories: 3D visual (small team), sequential visual (individual) and written essay (individual, non-native English speaker). The contest received 2076 art entries from 52 countries.

In 3D, our entry received Criterion Recognition Award, and the following review from the judges: “Asteroid spaceship very interesting. Watch the shadows from the light source on multiple object though, they should all be close to the same.”

HumansInSpace

In sequential visual, 2nd prize was received, with the following reviews: “Keep making art about space! We need artists focusing on art about space! Let me tell you something, I’m a professional artist and I see that one day you will be as well. You should dream of what you’d like to do with your life and your art because I can tell that you will fulfill your dream!” and “Your comic strip is very inspiring! It is very well done and your attention to detail is impressive. I especially enjoyed reading your statement as it was motivating and there is an obvious passion for space flight in your work. Very well done.” (Submission: Solaris)

In written essay, 2nd prize was received, and the review: “Based in inspiration from science fiction the text develops a good and creative and reflective idea of a space settlement. The text combine the ideas from the science fiction with concrete ideas of implementation. A bonus is given for the reference list in the comments to the essay.” (Submission: Essay-Solaris Space Settlement)

Results for Criterion Recognition: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/humansinspaceart/awards/CriterionRecognition.pdf

ESA Project 3: Design your own high-energy astrophysics mission poster

Astrophysics mission scientific poster being awarded the Runner-up Prize in April 2012. Submission: Amun Scientific Poster

Other Projects

  1. NASA MOONKAM PROJECT, 2012 – selecting areas of the Moon and taking satellite photographs.
  2. Cassini “Scientist for a Day”, ESA, December 2012 – Third Prize
  3. Cassini “Scientist for a Day”, ESA - Honorable Mention, NASA,  October, 2011
  4. NASA Grail Naming Contest – Certificate of Participation – October, 2011
  5. NASA Quest Challenge – Certificate of Completion, October, 2008.

4 thoughts on “Projects

  1. ALEKSANDRA VOINEA,

    I enjoyed reading the very extensive description of Olympus!

    I have a suggestion for future space settlement designs. I described this in my presentation “Orbital Space Settlement Design Considerations” at the 2012 ISDC.

    The key point is that agriculture does not provide merely a minor contribution to the settlement’s oxygen supply, rather a super-dominant one. The issue is that we eat about one quarter of typical crop plants (rice, wheat, beans, etc.) The amount of oxygen produced by growing that food is exactly the right amount to balance our metabolisms from eating it. But what about the other 75% of the plant mass? To grow it (and we MUST grow the entire plant), we need to produce carbon dioxide amounting to 3 times what we exhale, and the growth of those crops frees four times the oxygen that we can consume. The bottom line is that we must:
    1) feed 4 units of CO2 to our crop plants to produce 1 unit of food and 3 units of uneaten plant mass
    2) that will free 4 units of oxygen – of which we need 1 unit for breathing purposes
    3) to grow the next crop, we must BURN the uneaten plant mass (3 units of plants plus 3 units of oxygen) to producc 3 units of CO2
    4) as we eat the 1 unit of crops, we consume 1 unit of oxygen and exhale 1 unit of CO2 so the entire ecosystem balances.

    Everything else you described in Olympus (fertilizers, trace elements, etc.) is perfectly valid.

    But it is important to realize that we’ll necessarily grow more plant mass than we consume, that that requires more CO2 than we exhale, and the production of the crops frees more oxygen than we can breathe. Note that if we only grow enough plants to produce 100% of the oxygen we breather, then we can only get 25% of our calories from that food.

    Careful and detailed planning, such as you have been doing, can balance consumption and production rates, but on Earth that is done via a global atmosphere whose CO2 and Oxygen levels varies by latitude and season, and I’m afraid that the easy way in space might be to store excess CO2 and Oxygen as they are produced, releasing them as they are needed (most of the oxygen is needed to burn the uneaten plant mass).

    I do note that there are many forms of burning plant matter into CO2, including feeding them to animals, insects, bacteria, or fungi. Personally, I prefer feeding much of that plant matter to vegetarian animals such as tilapia, rabbits, goats, and chickens, all useful to produce high-quality protein foods.

    Keep up the good work!

    Stephen D. Covey
    Director of Research & Development
    Deep Space Industries
    (and Chairman of the 2013 ISDC Asteroid Track)

    • Mr. Covey,

      Thank you for all your kind suggestions. I will make sure to implement them in my further projects.
      I have noticed you were Chairman of the 2013 ISDC Asteroid Track. I attended ISDC last year and had a very fruitful discussion on asteroids with Mr. Sonter.

      It would be both my pleasure and my honor to further discuss any space issues, especially asteroid-related ones. Will you be attending ISDC this year? (I will)

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