Welcome to the website of Team Kanau, winner of Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest, 2014.

Mission Kanau

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 the winner of an out-of-this-world student design competition launched by Inspiration Mars and Mars Society, USA. For more information on its design report please visit: Team Kanau's Design Report. For more information on the results of this contest please visit: 

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 near NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center, TX.
  • The deadline of this project was 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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Kanau Conops

Our winning moments


TitleAssigned ToStatusPriorityDue Date% Complete
Win this competition! All team members. 3.) Closed 4.) Critical August 9, 2014 100% 
Design report editing Editorial team 3.) Closed 4.) Critical March 15, 2014 100% 
Mission Concept Animation Animation Team 3.) Closed 3.) High March 15, 2014 100% 
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  • Team Kanau in news at New Delhi!
    Posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:59 PM by Kshitij Mall
  • Team Kanau reaches all corners of India through Times Now! Times Now aired the news about Team Kanau's victory in Morning PrimeTime. More information below: 
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 11:33 AM by Kshitij Mall
  • Purdue AAE mentions about Team Kanau! 4 of the team members, Ashwati Das, Jeff Stuart, Kshitij Mall and Max Fagin, who represented Purdue University in Team Kanau were given honorary mention at Purdue's AAE website ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 8:54 AM by Kshitij Mall
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  • Kanau WBS   0k - Jun 1, 2014, 3:08 AM by Shota Iino (v1)
  • Crew psychological care   0k - May 29, 2014, 8:04 AM by Shota Iino (v2)
  • AIAA-2011-5150.pdf   256k - May 23, 2014, 12:02 AM by 宮嶋宏行 (v2)
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Our Final Presentation

Q & A Session