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Advancing Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats for Human Stasis to Mars

John Bradford
Spaceworks Engineering, Inc.
Phase I Overview

Vision System Torpor Habitat
SpaceWorks’ Vision System Torpor Habitat Design. Credits: J. Bradford

SpaceWorks proposes the development of an advanced habitat system for transporting crews between the Earth and Mars. This new and innovative habitat design is capable of cycling the crew through inactive, non-cryonic torpor sleep states for the duration of the inspace mission segments. Under this effort, SpaceWorks will (i) Expand the Phase I medical team to address key challenges identified in the initial effort, (ii) Examine key habitat engineering aspects to further explore and refine design and identify further potential performance gains, (iii) initiate validation studies with leading medical researchers to understand the effects of prolonged hypothermia, and (iv) Consider the technology’s impact on alternate exploration missions (Mars moons, asteroid belt, Jovian and Saturn system, etc.).

2016 Phase I and Phase II Selections