Using a sleek, elongated aeroshell, SCIM will race through the Martian atmosphere collecting its precious samples, but won’t be captured into orbit. Instead, after emerging from the atmospheric pass SCIM will rapidly and directly return to Earth with its prized cargo. The cone-shaped aeroshell is similar to geometries of planned Mars human landing systems; instrumenting the aeroshell with sensors will provide critical pathfinder data for future human explorers.
Tested and Ready
Testing on Earth and high end computational models have guided SCIM’s design to ensure that particles will reach our aerogel collectors and that heating levels are low to ensure the sampling system and particles preserve the best science.
The flight system design is mature, and NASA experts have previously deemed development plans low risk.
Our team members combine world-renowned scientific expertise with deep mission development & management experience including senior positions at NASA. We are ready to journey to Mars!
We are dedicated to advancing the frontiers of space science and exploration.
Together we will create new levels of public access and engagement in scientific research from space. Support us as we all explore the universe, galaxies, and new solar systems - discoveries await!