NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Competition: Designing Life on Mars

The NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Competition was created to foster the ideation of innovative shelters that will someday be used to colonize the Moon or Mars.


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The requirements to participate in the challenge is to come up with innovative habitat concepts designed to be reproduced in an indigenous environment by additively manufacturing local resources.

“As NASA advances deep space exploration, reliable life-supporting habitats will be essential. But creating a structure on the surface of Mars is an extraordinary challenge considering the extensive limits on transporting materials and the differences in atmosphere and landscape,” stated NASA in its press release.

The competition started in 2014 and is structured in phases.

The Phase 1 required teams to submit architectural renderings and was completed in 2015.

The Phase 2, the Structural Member Competition, was focused on material technologies and was completed in 2017.

The Phase 3 – The On-Site Habitat Competition – is currently undergoing and it’s composed of five levels of competitions – three construction levels and two virtual levels.

Here are the five incredible concepts who that won the Phase 3: Level 1 competition.

1. Team Zopherus of Rogers, Arkansas


2. AI. SpaceFactory of New York


3. Kahn-Yates of Jackson, Mississippi


4. SEArch+/Apis Cor of New York


5. Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois




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