NASA has selected three teams to share a $ 100,000 prize from the competition to make the virtual habitat of Mars.
11 participants were instructed to create a full-scale habitat using simulation software based on the early stage of the competition requiring partial virtual simulation. , programming, use of the internal space, as well as the ability of their habitat to scale up to full size for construction, according to the statement announcing the winners. The groups also received points for their aesthetic representations and realism.
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Here is what sent three awards (plus videos of each): [1
Zopherus Team – Rogers, Arkansas – Awarded $ 33,422.01: Design inspired by biology, with various pods for accommodation of the crew. The landing unit became the basic habitat, falling to the ground and forming a seal that would create a printing environment under pressure. From there, the rovers would have taken the Martian regolith (ground) and turned it back to their place of residence to create aggregate cement consisting of Martian carbonates and water. This mixture will be combined with highly refined thermoplastics to create the walls of the living environment. Since the concrete may collapse during the Martian temperature fluctuations, the outer surface has a shading system (sun-oriented) to protect the shell parts from solar heat, reducing the frequency of cracks. The place of residence is a communal block with a locker suit, hydroponic gardens, four bedrooms for the crew, a laboratory module, and manhole rover – and can be expanded as needed to meet the requirements of research and crew.
– New Haven, Connecticut – Awarded $ 32,623.88: This multimodal form will be constructed from scratch. The external supports for the modules are made of regolithic and polyethylene plastics, overlaid with basalt fiber, and the whole structure is resistant to radiation. The modules include a tambour for costumes and rover deployment, a multipurpose module, a biological generation unit for plant growth, as well as a main module that includes laboratory space, cooking area and crew space. Each module is connected with bridges that allow crew members to move from place to place without exiting
First place at stage 3: NASA Level 4 software simulation stage in the 3D printed test Habitat, SEArch + / Apis team Cor presents a unique living environment with constant support throughout the structure and set of openings for natural light lighting
The simulation stage of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, the Zopherus team ranked second. The team presented a design created by a roving-autonomous printer that moved from site to site upon completion of the construction.
Mars Incubator Team
In the NASA 3D-printed test, the Mars Incubator team collected the third-largest project engineers and artists group.
The final stage of the competition will take place between May 1 and May 4, 2019, when teams of participants will present their structural print media (which is smaller than the real thing but are still scaled) and compete for a prize of $ 800,000. The overall goal of 3D-printed Habitat Challenge is to create shelters that can be used on the Moon, Mars, or elsewhere using local resources on these sites. NASA officials said in a statement that the proposed solutions could also be used on Earth, which reduces construction costs (among other benefits).