Is there life on Mars ...
... if there was – or will be – the winning 3D-printed shelter in NASA's 3D Print Planetary Habitats competition would be a cool place to hang out
After 30 hours of 3D printing over four days of head-to-head competition, New York based AI. SpaceFactory picked up top prize of $500,000 in the final round of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge organised by NASA and partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois.
Second-place and $200,000 was awarded to Pennsylvania State University of University Park.
The two teams faced off to create subscale shelters out of recyclables and materials that could be found on deep-space destinations, like the Moon and Mars.
The size of the structures had to be a one-third scale version of their architectural designs.
Each team employed robotic construction techniques that allowed minimal human intervention. Such technologies will enable more sustainable and autonomous exploration missions.