Wednesday, September 6 (Pre-Convention Events)

6pm-7pm - Early Registration

University of California, Irvine

A311 Student Center

Irvine, CA92697

 

7pm-10pm - Steering Committee Meeting

(The first hour is open to the public)

University of California, Irvine

A311 Student Center

Woods Cove C

Irvine, CA 92697

 

 

Thursday, September 7

9:00am - Opening Plenary
Dr. Robert Zubrin - President, The Mars Society

9:30am - Plenary
Greg Benford - Author & Astrophysicist, UC Irvine

10:00am - Plenary
George Whitesides - CEO, Virgin Galactic

10:30am - Plenary
Vera Mulyani - CEO, Mars City Design

11:00am - Plenary
Loretta Hildalgo-Whitesides - Author & Consultant, Virgin Galactic

11:30am - Plenary
Scott Moreland - MSL & Mars 2020 Team, JPL

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break

 

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:

 

Technology Track 1

Technology Track 2

Careers Track 1
BASE 11

Political/Philosophical Track 1

1:00

Morgan Irons; The Deep Space Ecology Three-Zone Model: Results of Recent Experimentation with Ecological and Environmental Mechanisms and Demonstration of Key Concepts of Operation for Quasi-Closed Eco-Agricultural Systems

Shyam Nair, Allen Frederick I. A., Abhisek BalasubramaniamArachnidan 6 Wheeled All Terrain Explorer Equipped with a 7 DOF Robotic Arm

“Opening Space to Change the World for Good” George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic

Bruce Cordell; Human Spaceflight to Mars as a Self-Organized Critical System

1:30

James French; Optical Mining - A New Approach to Obtaining Space Resources for Mars

S. Bahram Sadighian; Horizontal Takeoff and Landing to Low Earth Orbit

Panel Discussion: “Educating the Future Aerospace Workforce”; Landon Taylor, CEO Base 11; Al Bunshaft, SVP Global Affairs, Americas, Dassault Systèmes; Noramay Cadena, Cofounder and Managing Director, Make in LA; Dennis Harkins, President, Orange Coast College; Maria Tirabassi, Engineering Vice President, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Gregory Washington, Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering, UCI; Jason Hatakeyama, Chief Architect & Sr Director Product Lifecycle Management, Boeing

Dr. Michael WaltematheMay we Live in Interesting Times… Extrapolating Historical Data of Societal and Religious Change Toward Space Exploration

2:00

John E. Parks; Look to the Sea: Applying Knowledge and Lessons from the Management of Earth's Oceans for Permanent Human Habitation on Mars

Doug Plata; The Moon: A Stepping Stone to Mars?

James HeiserThe Civilizational Continuity and the Martian Frontier

2:30

T. Gordon Wasilewski; Acquisition of Water from Western Utopia Planitia Subsurface: Theoretical Analysis of Sampling and Production Technologies

Ted Ground; "Step One", an Auspicious D-Type NEO Multiple Mission: Destination Deimos 2020

“Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program: Learning by Experience,” David Huynh, Caltech and “WSU Innovation Campus: Creating Stronger Industry Partnerships through Applied Learning,” John Tomblin, Wichita State University

Marvin Hilton; Exploring Mars to Civilize Earth

3:00

Thibault Paris; Design and Building of a 3D Printed Pressurized Martian Spacesuit

Kent Nebergall; Near Term Space Settlement Risk Reduction Missions

“To Infinity and Beyond” Jeremy Bout, The Edge Factor

Craig Davidson; Why NASA’s Current Direction will Never get us to Mars

3:30

Matthew ForirThe Case for the use of Electrical Resistivity on Mars

Art Harman; Cis-Lunar? Why a Lunar Surface Base Will Get us to Mars - and a Lunar Orbital Station Won't

Aerospace Workforce Development Symposium Q&A and Closing Remarks

Doug Plata; What is the Business Case for Mars Settlement?

4:00

Julian ZeaA Self-Sufficient Mars Colony

Craig Davidson; Improving the SpaceX Mars Colonization Plans

Aerospace Workforce Development Expo

 

Kent NebergallRapid Space Development: Grand Challenges and Vast Opportunities

4:30

Ronald Hattie, The Cost per Pound to Orbit

Craig Davidson; The SharkFin Magnetic Sail

Art Harman; A New Hope - President Trump's Space Policy

 

 

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner Break

 

7:00pm - Panel
Sci Fi Greats - The Human Future in Space

Greg Benford
David Brin
Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle

 

Greg Benford - Author & Astrophysicist, UC Irvine

Friday, September 8

9:00am - Plenary
Jaakko Karras - Engineer, New Technology, JPL

9:30am - Plenary
Dava Newman - Former Deputy Administrator, NASA

10:00am - Plenary
Paul Davies - Director, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

10:30am - Plenary
John Grotzinger - Former Project Scientist, MSL, NASA

11:00am - Plenary
Robert Pappallardo - Project Scientist, Europa Clipper, JPL

11:30am – Skype Session

Cast Members, Nat Geo MARS Series

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break

 

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:

 

Technology Track 3

Technology Track 4

Medical Track 1

Outreach Track 1

1:00

Anthony Muscatello; Mars Atmospheric Capture and Processing

Eric Robinson; Green Launch

Susan Jewell, Matteo Borri, Nicholas Jewell, Matthieu Komorowski, Sheryl Bishop, Emmy Jewell; Developing Telesurgery-Teleanesthesia Protocols, Integrating 3D Printing of Surgical Tools, and Testing Viability of 3D Virtual Reality Technologies During Simulation Training for Non-Medical Astronaut in a Mars Analog Environments

Philippe Clermont, Richard Heidmann; Mars Colonization: from Prospect to Project

1:30

Miguel Cooper; Human Exploration of Mars 2027-2056

Thomas E. Markusic, PhD; An Incremental Strategy for Mars Colonization Part I: Material Supply Fleet

Joseph Clift; Do Astronauts Dream of Catching Cosmic Sheep?

Adam Lupsha; Speaking Martian to Earthlings - A Primer on Using PR and Storytelling Principles to Pitch Your Science

2:00

Marcus Anzengruber; How Augmented and Virtual Reality eill get us to Mars and help Colonize the Planet

Darrin Taylor; Free Delivery with Your Order

Dr. Jose Antonio Soto, MD; MARS: Hikers Wanted

Mary TurzilloMars: Humanity's Evolving Vision

2:30

Aswath Suresh, Sri Harsha, Vinay Teja, Debrup Laha, Gautam Ranjan, Shivam Bharadwaj, Dhruv Gaba; Exploration-Probe to Jupiter Moon Europa

Miguel Cooper; The Path for a Human Mission to Mars: Target Year 2032

Christoph LahtzSpace Biology is the Key to Establish Celestial Sustainable Human Settlements

Yalda MousaviniaA Collaboration Platform that Will Take us to Mars

3:00

Aswath Suresh, Sri Harsha, Vinay Teja, Debrup Laha, Gautam Ranjan, Shivam Bharadwaj, Dhruv Gaba; Innovative Human Mars Mission with Vertical Farming

Joe Lingren, Kiva Villegas, Wesley Yu; Low-Mass EDL Designs for Manned Mars Missions

William Gardiner; Better Martians, Better Humans: Will Genetic Therapy Allow Better Living on Both Mars and Earth

Peter Detterline, Gary Becker; Two New Astronomical Observatories at MDRS

3:30

Dr. Joseph Parker; Advanced Propulsion Systems for the Colonization of Mars

Michael Bouchard; The Coming Communication Crisis

Bill Hargenrader, Jeff Pernell, Ron Sparkman; Healthy Eating on Mars: Stepwise Local Approach to Whole-Foods (M:SLAW)

Jan Millsapps, PhD; How to Get (More of Us) to Mars

4:00

George Lordos; Evaluating the Sustainability of Long Term Manned Mars Campaigns Using a Physical Economics Framework

Abigail Riggs; The Use of Geophysical Techniques to Locate and Monitor Potential Martian Aquifers

Dr. Ashish Gothwal; A Prototype of Full-body Artificial Gravity Harness

James Melton, PhD; Top 10 Ways to be a Mars Messenger

4:30

Michał HałonMars Rover Design with SKA Robotics

Mikolaj OwczarzakAugmented Reality and Telepresence Technologies in Future Mars Exploration Missions

Dr. Ashish Gothwal; Hypothesis: A New Era of Space Suits

James Burk; Mars Society Internet Task Force - Conquering Cyberspace for Mars

 
5:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner Break



7:00pm - Debate

Does the Deep Space Gateway Have Merit?

8:00pm - Panel
Panel - The SpaceX Plan for Mars

9:00pm – Special Presentation
Mars in Film



Saturday, September 9

9:00am - Plenary
Carol Stoker - Planetary Scientist, Ames Center, NASA

9:30am - Plenary
Mike Elsperman - Space Science & Advanced Utilization, Boeing

10:00am - Plenary
Mars 160 Crew Presentation

10:30am - Skype Session
Dr. Mohammed Naser Al-Ahbabi, PhD. - Director-General, UAE Space Agency

11:00am - Panel
Social & Philosophical Implications

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break

 

 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:

 

Technology Track 5

Technology Track 6

STEM Track 1

Political/Philosophical Track 2

1:00

Holger Isenberg; Practical Color Calibration for Mars Surface Images

Robert Madsen; Virtual Reality - Simulating the Simulation

Bob Barboza; Occupy Mars Learning Adventures Fellowship Programs for Middle and High School Students

Dr. Michael Waltemathe, Elke Mergny; Who Wants to Go?! – Motivational Factors for Mars-Exploration in a Transnational Sociological Perspective

1:30

David Kutas, Alexis Koulidis, Monica Stancu; Extraterrestrial Drilling Operations - A Fundamental Research

Dan Gillies, Ryan Olcott; Selective Laser Melting of MMS-1 and MMS-2 Martian Regolith Simulant in a Low Cost Testbed

Nicholas, Jewell, Emmy Jewell, Susan Jewell, Mark Kaushal; A 21st Century S.T.E.A.M.E.D™ Academy Creating Experiential Learning with Exponential Technologies Offering VR/AR Astronautic Programs and Fully Immersive “Real-time” Simulators for Training NextGen Analog Astronauts, Imagineers, and Astropreneurs

Mohsen Marefat;Social Implications of Mars Exploration

2:00

Garri Rebatta UrquizoHow Would it be to Construct with a 3D Printer?

Gerald Black; Nuclear Fusion: Clean, Safe and Cheap Energy and the Next Giant Leap in Space Propulsion

Matthew Luttenberger; M.A.R.S. University

Brent Lane; New World/New Worlds: Parallels in the Evolution of Enterprise-based Exploration Financing from the 16th and 21st Centuries

2:30

Kurt ChankayaThe Human Factor: Manned or Unmanned - Some Thoughts on Mission Resilience

Matteo Borri; Pneumatic Survey System for Martian Atmosphere

Zach Whitten; Whittenberg Country School Parallax Robots

Dr. Martin Fowler; The Time is Right for a Martian Covenant

3:00

Kurt ChankayaThe Use of Atmospheric in-situ Resources for Radiation Protection on the Surface of Mars

Andrew Hallum; Dive to Mars

Ivo GeorgievMarsianSchool

Amir NoteaFrederico Monaco, Irene Lia Schlacht, Antonio Del Mastro; Socially Organizing Large Scale Mars Missions: What we can Learn from Earthlings

3:30

Prasad FalkeWhat Improvements to the Deep Space Network are Needed to Support Manned Missions to Mars?

Art Harman; Don't Destroy ISS in 2024 - Privatize it!

Mark Cusimano, Steven Shields; Mars Regolith Simulant as a STEM Education Resource

Robert RiccardiON/TO MARS! - A Private Funding Proposal for Mars Landing/Exploration/Outpost Leading to a Permanent Settlement

4:00

Kambiz EqbalAn Approach through "Energy Offering Methods" throughout the Human Establishment in the Martian Environment; Providing Feasible/ Most Efficient Scenarios to Every Operational Stage

Art Harman; Mars Flyby - Do it in the 2020s, not the 2030s

Hoppe Jennings; Mission to Mars: A way to teach middle school science.

Danny Quintana; Space and Ocean Exploration, the Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex

4:30

PP Edward Heisler; The US Should End the Ban on NASA Working with China

Vinod Sridhar; Mars Electromagnetic Radiation Shielder (MERS)

PP Henry Stirk; Free Mars

John Stone; How to Fund a Private Expedition to Mars

 

5:30pm - 6:00pm - Break

  

6:00pm - 11:00pm Mars Society Banquet

Song: Rise to Mars: Oscar Castellino

Banquet Speaker: Anousheh Ansari - First Female Private Space Explorer

Mars Society Awards Ceremony

Remarks by Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President

 

 

Sunday, September 10

9:00am - Plenary
Darlene Lim - Geobiologist, Ames Center, NASA

9:30am - Plenary
Geoffrey Landis - Author & Planetary Scientist, NASA

10:00am - Plenary
TBD - Lockheed Martin Mars Mission

10:30am - Plenary
The University Rover Challenge

11:00am- Plenary

The University Rover Challenge

11:30am - Closing Remarks
Dr. Robert Zubrin, President, The Mars Society