New York-based design agency AI SpaceFactory took the top prize in a NASA competition 3D printing of a habitat That can be used on the moon or Mars.
Ai Space Factor won $ 500,000 for his efforts, while second-place recipient, Penn State, received $ 200,000.
The winner habitat, called Martha, Tall and slender, to reduce the need for construction rovers on unfamiliar terrain, according to Ai Space Factor. It is designed to be built on a vertical telescopic arm attached to a rover, which stays under construction. AI Space Factor Plans to Adopt Martha's Plan for an Eco-Friendly Earth Habit Terra; A force launching campaign will begin soon, the design agency Said in a statement.
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Team AI Space Factor won first place in the final phase of the 3D Database Habitat Challenge with Marsha, a tall, thin proposed habitation for the surface of Mars designed to be autonomously. Scroll through visualizations of the winning design above.
"We developed these technologies for space, but they have the potential to transform the way we build on Earth," David Malott, CEO and Founder of Ai Space Factor, said in the statement. "By using natural, biodegradable materials increased from crops, we can eliminate the burden of waste from the construction industry by unrealistic concrete and restore our planet."
The awards came after a grueling 30-hour challenge in which the participants created one-third-scale structures of their architectural designs, according to An explanation of NASA. Each team used robotic construction techniques that are supposed to have a little human interference, demonstrating that the process can work autonomously on other worlds.
The competition was in May 1-4 at Caterpillar's Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center on Edwards, Illinois. Teams built their habitats within 10 hours as a judge panel examined their work. The completed structures had to pass tests for qualities such as material mix, durability, leakage and strength.
Views of the 3D habitat printing, testing and winning teams.
"Martha" takes shape.
AI Space Factor's 3D printed structures went through a smoke trying to control the abilities to get a seal.
Ai Space Factor took home $ 500,000.
The habitat built by the third-place team, pen state, undergoes a water seal test.
"The ultimate mistone of this competition is a complex of extremely hard work by bright, inventive minds that help us advance these technologies for a sustainable human presence on the moon, and then on Mars," Monti novel, program manager for NASA's Centennial Challenges, said in NASA's statement. "We celebrate their vision, dedication and innovation in developing concepts that will not only bring NASA's deep space goals, but also provide viable housing solutions right here on Earth."
Opened in several stages in 2015, the competition attracted 60 teams that won over $ 2 million in NASA prizes. NASA's main partner in the competition is Bradley University in Illinois.