Polish students from Wrocław University of Science and Technology, involved with the Twardowsky Martian Base project, won second place at the Mars Colony Prize final contest held at the University of Southern California.
The Star City project by the students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology emerged victorious, while third place went to the Russian-American CrowdSpace undertaking.
The Twardowsky project comprises 19 people, who were awarded USD 5,000 in the contest. Their idea of a Martian base is characterised by its self-sufficiency. The concept also includes such features as the export of the Martian goods to Earth, the production of components to upgrade the base and aquaponics - the system of aquaculture that links the farming of fish and plants in water, which provides food for the residents of the base.
Twardowsky would be divided into six parts connected by the shared hub in the form of a main square, which will serve as a place for spending free time and having fun.
“The premises inhabited by people were designed to be in the vicinity of restaurants, coffee points, shops and medical points so as not to create gloomy, bedroom districts,'' said Orest Savytskyi, the Twardowsky team member responsible for architectural and town-planning solutions.
The silver team will not immediately return to Poland. Some team members will travel further, from the West to the East Coast, where, in Washington DC, they will present their project at the International Astronautical Congress.
The officials from Wrocław University of Science and Technology can surely speak of their huge success, as their facility had two teams among the top ten projects, chosen from among the initial 100 ventures. The Ideacity concept include the majority of buildings being located under the surface of Mars, while the vast part of the terrestrial area of the base would comprise farms, warehouses and factories. The team responsible for this project was ranked fifth.