Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars is an important step in mankind’s goal of expanding life beyond the Earth. Phobos First is a plan to establish a Martian colony while minimizing the risks of the colonization process and using only technology that is either available now, or is feasible within the next decade. The Phobos scenario does this by breaking the settlement process into smaller steps, each of which is a gradual but important advancement in and of itself, but when combined, results in a thriving human colony on another planet, capable of supporting itself and expanding through in-situ resource utilization. Central to the scenario is a manned orbital outpost on Phobos, from which teleoperated robots would be controlled to construct the permanent settlement on Mars.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies