The interplanetary living is one of the biggest goals NASA is working on, and it is making progress. One of the steps is taken towards success was last Tuesday and consisted in naming the top three finalists of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge that is still going. In 2015, the challenge began and what participants need to do is to group in teams and compete to design the most suitable Mars habitats for the future Mars colony, as well as houses for the Moon and even beyond.
Eleven teams were accepted into the fourth level of the third phase of the competition, and all they need to do is to explain their choices in a short video and create full-scale renderings of what they have sketched using modeling software. Aesthetics and architectural layout have been taken into consideration when the evaluation began, the construction feasibility and scalability also being important.
NASA Presented Top-Three Designs For Mars Habitats
Architectural technologies and rendering were previous stages that the teams needed to focus on as the requirements asked them to build each component of the design. The New York-based Team SEArch+/Apis Cor has won the first place for their unique design. It let natural light in because of the small holes the design comes dotted.
Team Zoperhous, the runner-up, said about their modular structures that an autonomous rover could print them. A group of artists and engineers has shown a modular design, and the Mars Incubator is having four distinct spaces, including one for growing plants.
There was a price of $100,000 that got split between the three teams. In May, the next round will take place, and the finalists will be asked to 3D-print scale models of their designs, the prize this time being eight times bigger with $800,000 being the sum the winners will share.