Welcome to Mars Incubator! This site is dedicated to developing martian habitation technology. Check out our recent submission to the NASA Centennial Challenge below!
Mars Incubator was originally conceptualized by the founder as an independent competition to spark student interest in developing the necessary technology to build life sustaining capsules on Mars. After initial research we found that NASA is already addressing this goal with the Centennial Challenge Program. Thus, the competitive team was formed by the founder to take on NASA’s challenge.
Mars Incubator is a team of engineers and artists formed to compete in the NASA Centennial challenge competitions. More specifically we are looking to develop the technologies and inform the designs that will one day lead humans to a sustainable presence on Mars.
As mechanical engineers, manufacturing new technologies represent a shift in creative potential. Additive manufacturing offers a suite of new design parameters that will enable humans to develop the Martian surface. The team is a collection of peers, co-workers, mentors and friends with a common interest in developing the technology that makes humanity a space-faring species.
Our strategy is to maintain a small, agile team with the appropriate subject matter expert in each of the topics critical to the success of the project. Based on the timescale it’s important to communicate ideas and make decisions quickly and effectively.
Check out design for the Level 1 of the challenge here:
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Chris Colangelo, PE
Chris is a licensed civil engineer and the President of Sequoia Services, LLC. His company provides solutions for complex heavy construction with expertise in site preparation, groundwater control, structural support, and earth retention. Chris is a visionary business leader, loving husband, and soon to be father. Chris@marsincubator.com
Jason Monnes, ME
Jason is a Material Science Engineer working in the aerospace and defense industry. He carries with him enthusiasm and enough energy to power a Martian habitat! His analytical skills are unparalleled and his field testing experience reinforces his ability to anticipate engineering challenges. Jason@marsincubator.com
Kate Freer, BFA Film and Computer Science
Kate is a truly inspirational graphic artist. As a projectionist for Imaginary Media, she crafts wondrous experiences combining technology with elements of theatrical stagecraft, installation art, design, and ingenuity. Her ability to transform a space with interactive installations is out of this world and inspires a sense of wonder in the universe. Kate@marsincubator.com
Nicholas McGhee, ME
Nick is a Mechanical Designer with an appetite for exploration. He brings to the team an extensive background in aerospace manufacturing and mechanical design. He has learned the art of composite manufacturing as a lead mechanical engineer, and his work as a systems engineer has provided hands on MEP experience. His passion is a catalyst for creation and he is compelled to drive technology and the human experience. Nick@Marsincubator.com
Chris Robinson, Welding Technologist
Chris is a seasoned manufacturer specializing in laser welding and fabrication. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with disk, NDYAG, and fiber lasers. As a navy vet having spent months undersea, he brings a unique perspective to the mission requirements. Kit@marsincubator.com
Bianca L. Ruthven, MA Arts Management
Bianca is a Collections Management Associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham University and a Master of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Arts Management. Bianca is handling both creative and managerial roles with Mars Inc. media outlets, such as our Facebook group @InhabitMars and Instagram @MarsIncubator. Bianca@marsincubator.com
Bryce Taylor, Prototype Specialist
Bryce is a member at MakeHaven, a maker-space in New Haven, CT and his primary expertise is in FDM and SLA 3D printing. His experience in 3D printing is critical to the sub-scale model production for the NASA Centennial Challenge.