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Methane on Mars - Part II

Advancing our knowledge frontier deeper into Mars requires new measurement methodologies (based on well-established terrestrial methodologies in, e.g., hydrocarbon exploration, geobiology, and geochemistry) and enabling technological advancements. The second workshop will focus on defining such enabling measurement and technological concepts.


Addressing the Mars ISRU Challenge: Production of Oxygen and Fuel from CO2 using Sunlight

This workshop will bring together the experts in this field to develop a path forward for solving the Mars ISRU challenge via the low temperature, efficient production of oxygen and fuel from carbon dioxide. The main technical goals will be to identify specific photoelectrochemical pathways that are well suited for carbon dioxide reduction in the unique Mars environment, as well as viable designs for scalable Mars oxygen and fuel production devices.

Optical Communication on SmallSats – Enabling the Next Era in Space Science

This workshop will bring together space scientists, technologists, and mission designers to understand the current limitations faced by SmallSat science missions stemming from the communication bottleneck, and together craft novel technical approaches for optical data transfer that significantly enhances the quality and volume of data returned by these missions.

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August
 Tyranny of the Rocket Equation
27
October
Profits in the Final Frontier
Space Entrepreneurship Panel:

Profits in the Final Frontier
22
December
Proposals Due
7 - 11
December
Methane on Mars
Workshop:

Methane on Mars
15
February
Proposals Selections Announced
Proposals Selections Announced
14 - 17
June
Methane on Mars - Part II

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First Spaceport in Low Earth Orbit

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