NASA Challenges Designers to Construct Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

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NASA Challenges Designers to Construct Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

Post by smccann » Mon May 18, 2015 1:20 am

Maybe a project for Mark to take on. The competition is more focused on finding a way to survive for a long periods for missions to Mars. But many of the same challenges face journies to asteroids and even the Moon.

"NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars."

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa- ... xploration

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Post by Engineer » Tue May 19, 2015 5:25 am

Its a little vague on the 3D printing aspect. Do they mean the additive process in general? For lunar materials, microwave sintering would likely be the way to go. Looks like the ESA is at the forefront of that development already though:
http://www.esa.int/Highlights/Lunar_3D_printing
It would be interesting to see if such a process can be adapted for martian conditions, but my bet is on an adhesive methodology and not a complete insitu solution.
I know I've seen other private organizations commit to similar projects. It would be interesting to see how far the teams can take it.
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