Leaders from Academia, Aerospace Rally Behind $25 Million Student-Led
CubeSat Mission Which Will Carry Millions of Digital Images, Video and
Data to the Red Planet
At a press conference Monday, Time
Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M), a project of Explore
Mars, officially launched the largest crowdfunding campaign in
history to realize the world’s first privately-funded and student-led
interplanetary mission to Mars. The team will design, launch, fly and
land a CubeSat-based spacecraft on the surface of Mars, carrying digital
content from tens of millions of people across the globe for future
colonists of the Red Planet to discover.
The $25 million mission will be funded by people across the globe that
upload their personal digital media in the form of images, text, audio
and video clips at the cost of 99 cents each (up to 10 megabytes). For
those in the developing world, digital media will be free of charge and
underwritten by corporate sponsors.
The mission has also garnered support from leading organizations and
individuals in government, academia and the private sector including
ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Deep Space Industries, Draper Laboratory, Duke
University, Lockheed Martin, MIT, NASA, Remarkable Technologies,
Stanford University, UConn and Uwingu. Charlie Precourt, vice president
and general manager of ATK Space Launch Division and former NASA chief
astronaut, and Kent Rominger, vice president, business development of
ATK and former NASA chief astronaut, are special advisors to this
“We will make history by connecting humanity’s shared experience with
the first pioneers to walk on Mars,” said Emily Briere, Time Capsule to
Mars™ founder, mission director and Duke University senior student.
“This mission is bigger than any one University, one company, or one
country. We have come together to unite and inspire humanity under one
mission, as one race, in the spirit of global cooperation and peace as
we collectively seek to colonize the first off-world planet.”
The mission will also be the first of its kind to test critical new
technologies in propulsion and networking. TC2M will incorporate the use
of “quartz storage technology” to preserve and protect the data for
potentially several millions of years. The mission will also trial Ion
Electrospray propulsion developed at MIT, which was designed to reduce
travel time to Mars. Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) will also be
deployed to begin testing for a future deep space Internet
Said Jon Tidd, Time Capsule to Mars™ director of fundraising and
marketing, recent production intern at Space Exploration Technologies
(SpaceX) and Fuqua School of Business and Duke University graduate
student, “We hope to inspire and educate young people worldwide by
enabling them to personally engage and be part of the mission. The
distributed approach to funding and personal engagement will ultimately
guarantee our success.”
Engaging young students is a critical part of the TC2M mission strategy.
Students will be able to access their own personalized “Mission Control”
portals to play a virtual role in the mission, while tracking vehicle
data across deep space to its landing point on Mars.
To upload images and become part of this historic mission to Mars, visit www.timecapsuletomars.com/#upload.
for mission milestones or to learn how you can get involved.
About Time Capsule To Mars™
The world’s first student-led interplanetary mission, Time Capsule to
Mars™ (TC2M), has a goal to design, launch and land intact a time
capsule on Mars containing data that memorializes the digital keepsakes
of the human race on Earth in the current decade as we set out to
colonize the first off-world planet in humanity's history. Time Capsule
to Mars™ (TC2M) intends to be the largest-ever crowdfunded science
endeavor, aiming to raise an estimated $25 million to accomplish the
mission. TC2M is a project of the non-profit Explore Mars (www.exploremars.org).
Read more about our mission here,
follow us @TimeCapsuleMars
or #TC2M, and on Google+.
About Explore Mars
Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars
within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts
programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or
improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more
efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a
habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the
classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula. Explore Mars, Inc.
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of
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Source: Time Capsule to Mars