Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Mars Exploration News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



MARSDAILY
NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition
by Staff Writers
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 08, 2017


The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is divided into phases. The Phase 1: Design Competition called on participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts and was completed in 2015. The Phase 2: Structural Member Competition focused on manufacturing structural components and was completed in August 2017.

Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won't be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges citizen inventors to lead the way. Today, NASA and challenge partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, announce the opening of Phase 3 of the competition for team registration.

"The ideas and technologies this competition has already produced are encouraging, and we are excited to see what this next phase will bring," said Monsi Roman, program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges. "The solutions we seek from our competitions are revolutionary, which by nature makes them extremely difficult. But this only fuels our teams to work harder to innovate and solve."

The goal of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is to foster the development of new technologies necessary to additively manufacture a habitat using local indigenous materials with, or without, recyclable materials. The vision is that autonomous machines will someday be deployed to the Moon, Mars or beyond to construct shelters for human habitation. On Earth, these same capabilities could be used to produce affordable housing wherever it is needed or where access to conventional building materials and skills are limited.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said the school is honored to be the challenge partner once again. "Bradley prides itself on experiential learning and student engagement," Roberts said. "This challenge isn't something our students can learn about in a textbook or in a classroom.

This is a forward-thinking concept coming to life, and they have a chance to see it firsthand. They will meet the people making it happen and learn about the ideas that are fueling innovation. This could change the way they imagine the future and push their creative limits."

The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is divided into phases. The Phase 1: Design Competition called on participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts and was completed in 2015. The Phase 2: Structural Member Competition focused on manufacturing structural components and was completed in August 2017.

The now-open Phase 3: On-Site Habitat Competition challenges competitors to fabricate sub-scale habitats using indigenous materials with or without mission-generated recyclables, and offers a $2 million total prize purse. Phase 3 has five levels of competition. Interested teams may register through Feb. 15, 2018. Full details, schedule and rules can be found here.

In addition to NASA, Bradley University has partnered with sponsors Caterpillar Inc., Bechtel and Brick and Mortar Ventures to run the competition.

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program is part of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate, and is managed at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. For more information about the program, visit here

MARSDAILY
In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars
Dhofar, Oman (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
In sunglasses and jumpsuits, a crew of European test astronauts is laying the groundwork for a Mars simulation in the barren expanse of the Omani desert, a terrestrial mission intended to pave the way to the red planet. The "analog astronauts" of the Austrian Space Forum - a volunteer-based collective - have arrived in Oman to begin preparations for a four-week simulation mission due to be ... read more

Related Links
3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

MARSDAILY
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon

Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test

NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon

Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base

MARSDAILY
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020

Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut

China launches three satellites

Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission

MARSDAILY
Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies

Astronomers Complete First International Asteroid Tracking Exercise

Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact cooled Earth's climate more than previously thought

Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

MARSDAILY
Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager

Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora

Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target

Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently

MARSDAILY
ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind

To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united

MARSDAILY
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988

Wind satellite vacuum packed

Initial Signals Received From Six Small Satellites Built by SSL for Planet

JPSS-1 to Provide More Accurate Environmental Forecasts

MARSDAILY
Mice, fish and flies: the animals still being sent into space

Dog star: Scientist recalls training Laika for space

The Noah's Ark of animals sent in to space

Orbital ATK's to deliver supplies to International Space Station

MARSDAILY
18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet

Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien

Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth

Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement