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Mars Safe Site Concept Design and Analysis Intern

Langley Research Center (LARC) - Internship
Traditional human Mars surface strategies have relied on crew availability to support system setup and repair. However, a philosophy of "safety first, then crew" has been followed in previous human spaceflight endeavors (e.g. Apollo, crew to low Earth orbit). The objective of this project is to identify the surface assets and the autonomous operations necessary to provide an operational and safe destination that reduces risk for human Mars exploration. The student will work with engineers in the Space Mission Analysis Branch to define an operational and safe Mars surface infrastructure, including impacts on human exploration campaign planning. The student will perform trade studies to support analysis of the necessary surface systems, as well as support research into other proposed approaches to Mars surface strategies and human exploration.
Internship Facts
Session(s): Spring 2018
Available slots: 1
Academic Level(s): College - Sophomore
College - Junior
College - Senior
Pursuing Masters
Academic Discipline(s): Engineering - Aerospace Eng.
Engineering - Materials Eng.
Engineering - Mechanical Eng.
Engineering - Safety Eng.
Mathematics - Space Mathematics
Mathematics - Structure Mathematics
Technology - Comp Science
Engineering - General
Mathematics - Statistics
NASA Center/Facility Name: Langley Research Center (LARC)
Building Number/Name & Room Number 1209 / 100
Work Environment Office Setting
Expected outcome: Final products for the student will include contributions to ongoing NASA deliverables (including a future conference or journal paper), a report summarizing the student's research, and a presentation to branch and directorate membership.
Student's special skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required. Proficiency with research and writing is required. Experience with MATLAB is desired. Experience with space system concept design and analysis, campaign analysis, and/or autonomy in space are desired.