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Welcome to Team Kanau's Inspiration Mars Design Project!

Kanau, the Japanese word for synergism and collaboration, was chosen as team name to symbolize our team members hailing from different universities of US and Japan. It is one of the finalists among 38 international teams participating in out-of-this-world student design competition launched by Mars Society, USA. For more information on its design report please visit: Team Kanau's Design Report.

Project at a Glance:

The project is based on a competition designed by Mars Society, USA. It aims to find the best means to accomplish a Mars flyby mission and to encourage young generation of scientists and engineers to engage in outer space exploration events.
  • 10 teams will be selected as finalists.
  • All the ideas will be published.
  • The best idea will be awarded a prize money of $10,000.
  • The competition will be held at NASA Ames Research Center, CA.
  • The deadline of this project is March 15, 2014.
  • It is a multi-disciplinary project and so the team includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).


To come up with a mission architecture for a Mars flyby mission around the year 2018 with least cost, high safety and least complexity.
  • To look into alternatives.
  • To evaluate those alternatives.
  • To iterate this process until the best alternative is found.
  • To arrive at a baseline architecture.

Team Kanau Mission ConOps

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Mission Animation


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  • Team Kanau makes it to final 10 Team Kanau has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for Inspiration Mars student design competition. Can it make it to top 5? More about results on this link ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 10:39 PM by Kshitij Mall
  • Project launched Team Kanau successfully launched its design project today. Can the team make it in top 10? Fingers crossed.
    Posted Mar 19, 2014, 6:31 PM by Kshitij Mall
  • Design report The team members will be submitting their work by 11:59 PM tonight (JST). 
    Posted Mar 11, 2014, 12:01 PM by Kshitij Mall
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