Design of an In-Situ Fuel, Oxygen, and Potable Water Supply System on Manned Mars Missions; Analysis of The State of The Esports Player in Society

Plutchak, Spencer, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Anderson, Eric, University of Virginia
Seabrook, Bryn, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

The technical report describes the design of chemical processes and operations that may have to take place on Mars in order for a manned mission to be possible. Described in this section is a method to produce enough liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel to power a rocket for the return to Earth from Mars from materials harvested from the soil and atmosphere on Mars. Carbon dioxide is harvested from the Martian atmosphere where it is then compressed and sent to a CO2 reducer where it is converted to oxygen gas and carbon monoxide. The oxygen is sent to a storage tank where it is stored as a cryogenic liquid. The carbon monoxide is sent to a Water-Gas Shift reactor alongside water harvested from the martian soil where they are converted to hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide. After a series of separation processes, the hydrogen is sent to a storage tank where it is stored via adsorption to a graphene matrix. Excess CO2 is recycled, and excess CO is released in a purge stream to prevent build up in the system. The power requirements for the system will be provided by several Kilopower units, which are a combination of solar and nuclear power generation created by NASA.

The STS research paper seeks to analyze the position of individuals who make a living by professionally competing in competitive video game competitions, known as esports. The specific question addressed is “What is the role of the esports player and how should they be regarded in our society and under the law?” The question is addressed through the application of documentary research, discourse analysis, and policy analysis over a framework or social construction of technology. I expect to find explicitly an understanding of the development of the role of esports players to the present, and a sense of where the profession is headed. This can be significant as a means to understand how novel professions that develop as a result of new technologies affect and are affected by society.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
mars, esports, social construction of technology

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Eric Anderson
STS Advisor: Bryn Seabrook
Technical Team Members: Craig Doody, Michael Mace, Sabrina Sternberg, Rahim Zaman

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