Design. Build. Compete.
WatLock ventures towards Mars Colonization!
The idea of building a self-sustaining colonization on Mars and becoming an interplanetary species has seen decades of discussions. It is an aspiring and ambitious mission that companies such as Mars One, NASA and SpaceX are currently working on . . . and so are we.
WatLock is a diverse student design team from the University of Waterloo consisting of students from multiple faculties including Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Arts. Our mission is to design an self-sustainable airlock for human habitation on Mars. Consisting of a multifaceted group of young innovators, WatLock hopes to address the many challenges of space exploration, space engineering and space colonization!
"You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that's what being a
spacefaring civilization is all about. It's about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be
better than the past. And I
can't think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars."
- Elon Musk, SpaceX
There is only one mission: Design and build an airlock that will function in a human colony on Mars.
Our airlock will be crucial to providing a safe entryway into any sort of Martian habitat that can sustain an atmosphere for people to breathe.
However, settling on the red planet inherently comes with numerous technical complications; the planet has a lack of pressure, no breathable atmosphere, extremely cold temperatures, and hazardous perchlorates in the soil.
On the weekend of May 18th, 2019, various universities came together to present their airlock design at UBC’s Mars Colony Project Airlock Challenge. WatLock proudly won the best presentation award after months of hard work.
Now that the design is done, it's time to build a functional prototype!
This year, we’ll be building a depressurization system and hatches for the airlock, designing a user interface for astronauts to use, and building a central computer. Since Fall 2020 is taking place online, this term will focus on learning via tutorials and staying connected, with the final goal of completing our airlock's design.
Read more about the competition here!