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By Joseph

student drawing of a space RV

My design is basically a Space RV. It would act as a transport ship to transport astronauts to Mars and then act as living quarters on Mars. All systems onboard would be redundant. It would be powered by 8 radioisotope thermoelectric generators which I think is a highly reliable power source and would have a 2 meter by 12 meter by 12 meter fuel tank for its rocket engine. The heat shield would be easily replaceable to avoid stranding astronauts in space or on Mars. Titanium plating on vital systems, airtight compartments and window covers add to the crew‚s protection. Landing legs would extend from the ship on landing.

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Last Updated: May 2005
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