This is an entry for the Mars Home Planet Mars Valley Urbanisation infrastructure
In this entry, I visualize and describe a process that utilizes in-situ resources in Mawrth
Vallis to enable rocket travel to Earth
while simultaneously supporting 1 million humans on Mars. To
obtain a real-life picture of how this can be implemented, I created a reaction train using Martian air and water as a source
of raw materials. The technologies to drive this reaction train
are based on current research and in selecting which ones to include, I weighed
their potential utility on Mawrth Vallis against their real-life requirements.
Based on the constructed reaction train, I set an initial goal to
calculate its material and electrical energy
requirements to produce enough propellant (LNG and LOx) to refill a single rocket while
simultaneously creating a viable living habitat
for the first wave of colonists. Finally, I scaled the reaction train to
determine what it needs to support 1 million humans and the result that has on
the production of propellant for rocket travel.