United States  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> > >

3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 00:55s - Published < > Embed
3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize

3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize

New York-based AI SpaceFactory wins $500,000 from NASA after successfully 3D printing a one-third scale building made out of materials that could be found on Mars, demonstrating a system that could one day provide a home for astronauts on the Red Planet.

(Rough cut - no reporter narration)

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

3D printed Mars dwelling wins NASA prize

AI SpaceFactory went head-to-head with Pennsylvania State University during a four day competition from May 1-4 at Caterpillar's Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center in Edwards, Illinois in the U.S..

Their challenge was to 3D print a one third scale building, with as little human interference as possible, made out of materials that could be found on Mars.

AI SpaceFactory built theirs from a biodegradable and recyclable biopolymer basalt composite, which includes elements grown from crops.

Pennsylvania State University used a customised concrete mix.

After building them in 10-hour increments, the constructions were subjected to tests.

These included subjecting them to smoke to see if there were holes in the buildings and impact tests which meant dropping weights on them.

An excavator vehicle was then used to push its bucket down on the constructions to test their strength.

Pennsylvania State University's construction shattered but AI SpaceFactory's remained intact.

Pennsylvania State University received $200,000 for their second placed effort.

NASA began the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge in in 2015, with 60 initial applicants competing for some of the $2m total prize money.

It said in a statement the idea was to plan for sustainable space missions but also to provide viable housing solutions on Earth.




You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

NASA Orbiter Spots A Bluish Speck On Mars [Video]NASA Orbiter Spots A Bluish Speck On Mars

A NASA orbiter spotted a bluish speck on Mars.

Credit: Geo Beats     Duration: 00:39Published

See NASA's 64-Fingered Robot Scale a Cliff to Advance Mars Tech [Video]See NASA's 64-Fingered Robot Scale a Cliff to Advance Mars Tech

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab techies are putting the LEMUR robot to the test in Death Valley, California! Watch as it scales a wall with help from hundreds of tiny fish hooks in each of its fingers.

Credit: AmazeLab     Duration: 01:05Published

Mars Mission Taking Toll On NASA Rover Curiosity, Images Show [Video]Mars Mission Taking Toll On NASA Rover Curiosity, Images Show

The rough and rocky terrain on Mars appears to be taking a toll on the wheels of NASA’s rover Curiosity.

Credit: Geo Beats     Duration: 00:38Published

Huge Amount Of Methane Found On Mars [Video]Huge Amount Of Methane Found On Mars

The strange puzzle of methane on Mars continues. Previously, NASA’s Curiosity rover found something odd: It detected fluctuating levels of methane in the Martian atmosphere, even though an orbiting..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.