NIAC Focus: Human Stasis to Mars

SpaceWorks’ Vision System Torpor Habitat design. (Credit: J. Bradford)
SpaceWorks’ Vision System Torpor Habitat design. (Credit: J. Bradford)

Advancing Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats for Human Stasis to Mars
NASA Advanced Innovative Concept Phase II Award

John Bradford
Spaceworks Engineering, Inc.

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 in-space 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.).