VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Vinicius Goecks was one of 32 students selected from a pool over 800 applicants to participate in the prestigious Caltech Space Challenge. The Caltech Space Challenge is a 5-day international student space mission design competition where students interface with experts from industry and receive direct feedback from the NASA JPL Architecture Team. This year’s challenge was to propose a mission design for a mining base at the Lunar pole which would support deep-space missions. Resulting from his involvement, Vinicius coauthored two papers, listed below:
- Vinicius G. Goecks and Voyager Team. “Enabling Deep Space Exploration with an In-Space Propellant Depot Supplied from Lunar Ice,” AIAA Space Forum, USA, 2017. Submitted.
- Vinicius G. Goecks and Voyager Team. “The Lunarport Concept – A Launch and Supply Station for Deep Space Missions: A Comparative Study of the Study of the Two Concepts Developed at the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge,” 10th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration, Italy, 2017. Submitted.