University of Toronto Project Airlock Team
The University of Toronto Project Airlock team was founded in February of 2018 by a group of six undergraduate engineering students who aimed to push the boundaries of engineering through tackling space colonization challenges.
Since its founding, Project Airlock has procured a team of highly passionate undergraduate students with a simple mission: to change perceptions of space colonization from fiction into reality by showing the world it is possible.
The Project Airlock team is a planetary colonization design team that is currently participating in the 'Project Airlock Challenge' which is a competition held by the University of British Columbia. The competition runs from March 2018 up until May 2020.
The Project Airlock team consists of four technical design units that specifically develop the airlock, as well as three business units that conduct marketing, sponsorship and financing activities. Each of these units are led by a lead who is an executive member of the team.
The four technical design units pertain to the components of the airlock - structural team, air circulation team, electrical team and environment team. These teams tackle challenges such as creating an optimized structure for Mars, providing necessary pressures and air compositions in the airlock, permitting electronic control of entry/exit system as well as designing against environmental hazards. The three business units pertain to the core business functions of the team - marketing, sponsorship and university relations.
Through dedicated technical and business branches, Project Airlock aims to not only progress further on both fronts parallely, but also provide engineering students the opportunity to explore and develop vital business skills necessary in industry.
Following the design phase, the team will shift focus towards manufacturing and testing the airlock. This involves the procurement of materials, the development of manufacturing processes to cost-effectively machine the parts, and conducting the assembly to test the design.
Following the termination of the project after the May 2020 showcase, the club will focus on recruiting general members that are interested in learning about Mars colonization, and work with them to organize events for the engineering community that increase their awareness about the field.
The club will continue to look for and participate in initiatives similar to the Project Airlock Challenge, which allow undergraduate students to solve pressing issues about planetary colonization from an engineering perspective.