Welcome to the Project Polaris blog! We’re so excited that this project has come so far. Join us on our journey to Titan! Since the beginning of Project Polaris, our members have achieved a lot. Through AREX’s AXIOM methodology, a system used to choose the best option based on different weights and criteria for the project, we have chosen the celestial body on which our Star Rover will land: Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan was chosen because the surface is very similar to Earth, but it has a different chemical composition. For other properties of this moon, take a look at our post on Instagram and follow us if you haven’t already!
On February 7th, 2021, our technical teams participated in the first External Panel Presentation of Polaris. These teams presented their work to 12 experts: Aiden Klupar, SpaceX; Anibal Coto and Anibal Ruiz, ITCR; Armelle Frenea-Schmidt, Swedish Space Corporation; Josh Bayer, Rivian; Elena Zorzoli and Plamen Proynov, ThrustMe; Juan Ignacio del Valle, AdAstra; Pierre Pieronne, Suez; Rob Arnold, Miami University; and Smriti Nandan Paul and Yumeng Wu, Purdue University.
Additionally, Polaris was selected in a contest to have a free talk with Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, during which several questions related to aerospace were answered. One year of Project Polaris is almost over, and we’re so excited to see what our second year will bring us. Since we’re so close to the end of our first year, it’s time for us to put our theories into practice! Starting in May, several participants have come to Costa Rica for the summer to start building and testing some components of the Rover’s prototype. They participated in several activities during their stay, many of which you can find on our Instagram page, so go check those out! Here are some photos of our members arriving to Costa Rica and having a picnic in a botanical garden.