NASA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE
HABITATION OF MARS
NASA Centennial Challenge 3D-Printed Habitat Design Competition is to create sustainable habitats suitable for Mars and beyond using resources available on-site in these locations.
The multi-level 3D-Printed Habitat Competition challenges teams in several areas of 3D-printing, including modeling software, material development and construction.
The habitat must comprise of a minimum of 1,000 square feet of living space to support four astronauts for one year and include plans for systems such as life support, mechanical and electrical, spacesuit and rover hatches, and plumbing.
NASA selected XArc’s HexHab design as one of the top 10 finalists in the first stage of the competition, which explored the concept of additive construction to design and build sustainable shelters for humans to live on Mars. X’Arc team placed 4th overall and is progressing to 3D print a prototype of the design.
XArc’s HexHab concept uses an end-to-end systems approach for the habitat construction on the surface of Mars, built autonomously using 3D printed construction techniques with In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU).
The required competition video submitted by the X-ARC team can be viewed HERE.
Human Habitation of Mars
NASA Design Competition