The project kicked off with a detailed research and reference phase, brushing up our knowledge on space expeditions and all things sci-fi: from analyzing the rocky terrain and atmospherics, to the future of landing craft designs and habitation. We took inspiration from recent Hollywood movies and detailed photography and data from NASA and launched into the next phase of concept development.
We explored layout and compositions through quick sketches and developed concept art to define the tone and mood of the lighting for the Martian terrain. The space suit is a futuristic take on the modern day white space suit — designed to look technically accurate, with a tight fit for better mobility and more futuristic styling for the brand.
Structural designs and build materials for the descent and ascent vehicle (DAV) were closely referenced from actual space modules, with heat shielding, thermal insulation, and landing gear drawing from both real-life and fictional designs. The concept arts were then refined as model sheets, with close up details to further explore the mechanics of the landing gear for the modeling team.