NASA is preparing to go to Mars. An important part of this process is the “Evolvable Mars Campaign” (EMC), a mission planning effort that will “establish sustainable, realistic strategies to enable crewed Mars missions in the mid-2030s timeframe.” The intent of the campaign is to discover promising solutions and approaches that will make missions to Mars possible. Unlike some highly speculative plans by private organizations, NASA’s goal is to get humans to Mars and return them safely to Earth. Therefore, an indispensable part of NASA’s mission plan is a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), which will bring astronauts safely from the surface of Mars at the beginning the journey back to Earth. Because the mass and volume of the MAV drives so many other requirements for a Mars mission, understanding successful MAV designs is crucial step for developing many critical parts of a Mars mission.

Our mission in the NASA sponsored studio at RISD is to provide creative ideation and innovative concepts for a functional Mars Ascent Vehicle cabin. Working as a team, we use a human-centered design approach to develop a range of novel designs that address both technical as well as human requirements for a successful MAV. 
Sketches and Iterations
CAD modeling
Prototyping Process
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