The Mars Ice Challenge is a university-level tech demo & design challenge

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2018 Mars Ice Challenge

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Dates & Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines for the 2018 Mars Ice Challenge

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Previous teams and winning technical papers

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Congratulations to our 10 Mars Ice Challenge Teams!

Alfred University
“Sub-Surface Archimedes Screw (SASS)”

Academic Advisors: Dr. Seong-Jin Lee, Dr. Wallace Leigh; Industrial Advisor: Jacob Towsley

Carnegie Mellon University
“Tartan Ice Drilling System (TIDS)”

Advisors: Dr. Aaron Johnson, Dr. Sanjeev Singh, Catherine Pavlov

Colorado School of Mines
“Team MINERS (Martian Ice New-age Extraction and Recovery System)”

Advisors: Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid, Dr. William Finch, Dr. Alfred William Eustes III, Dr. Jason Porter

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“High Yield Dihydrogen-monoxide Retrieval Assembly (HYDRA)”

Advisors: Prof. Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Prof. Martin L. Culpepper, Dr. Michael Hecht, Prof. Herbert H. Einstein

Northeastern University
“Northeastern University Planetary Articulating Water Extraction System”

Advisor: Dr. Taskin Padir

Rowan University
“Drill-based Retractable Subterranean Extraction and Unified Separation System (DRSEUSS)”

Advisor: Dr. John Schmalzel

University of Tennessee Knoxville
“This Is Not A Drill (TINAD)”

Advisor: Dr. James Coder

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Virginia Tech Ice Extractor (V-TIE)”

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Shinpaugh

West Virginia University
“The VULCAN Drilling System”

Advisor: Dr. Thomas Evans

West Virginia University
“Development of the Second Generation Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System (MIDAS II)”

Advisors: Dr. Powsiri Klinkhachorn & Dr. Ilkin Bilgesu

Congratulations to the 2017 Winning Team!

West Virginia Winners

West Virginia University – Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System (MIDAS)

Advisors: Powsiri Klinkhachorn & Iklin Bilgesu

Find the story about the Mars Ice Challenge at nasa.gov
View Pictures from the Challenge on our Flickr page

RASC-AL program staff will respond to questions presented by eligible student and faculty from accredited colleges and universities in the United States (and international team participants formally affiliated with a US-based university team).

2017 Competition Videos

Day 1 of 2017 Competition

Day 2 of 2017 Competition

Day 3 of 2017 Competition