NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Housing Solutions Competition Won By AI SpaceFactory

NASA‘s pursue in finding a 3D-print settling fit to sent to Mars or the Moon is approaching a stable possibility as the AI SpaceFactory department of the space agency has crowned a winner of its 3D-Printed Mars Habitat competition.

The multi-staged competition is created to accelerate the construction of technology required to create sustainable shelter solutions for Earth, with $3.15 million as a reward.

AI SpaceFactory’s winning installment is known as Marsha, and it is a long and slim building which decreases the construction rovers’ requirement of covering unknown areas through a telescoping arm attached, enabling it to stay still while building.

AI SpaceFactory​ creation is succeeded by its eco-friendly Earth version named Tera. At first, it was a crowdfunding campaign that turned reality, but now is a potential incentive for change in building processes on our planet.

An Impressive Achievement

NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge had crowned AI SpaceFactory​ in the first place, and they have been gifted with $500,000, spending four days creating 3D prints in the one-on-one competition against Pennsylvania State University of University Park.

Designing subscale housing from recyclables and materials that could be abundant in deep-space places such as the Moon and Mars, the buildings had to be one-third of their architectural drawings.

Focusing on minimal human intervention, each team’s robotic construction methods were to allow some more lasting and autonomous technologies for quest expeditions in the future.

“The final milestone of this competition is a culmination of extremely hard work by bright, inventive minds who are helping us advance the technologies we need for a sustainable human presence on the Moon, and then on Mars,” says Monsi Roman, program manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges.

Bradley’s Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology’s dean, Lex Akers, said: “It is an impressive achievement for these two teams to demonstrate this disruptive and terrific 3D-printing technology at such a large scale.”​

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