On the Horizon
In the wake of last night's super Mars, our future home (when this heat finally gets to us).. NASA has created a multi-year contest to design a 3D-printable Mars habitat using on-planet materials. There are five winners of the contestants that had to design their proposed habitat using architectural tools - they used a Building Information Modeling software that would require these things to be functional structures designed down to a particular level of detail. With the cash they won, these winners are set to build scale models next year.
The habitats had to have at least a 1000 square feet of space, enough for 4 people to live for a whole year, along with room for the machinery and everything else needed to, you know, live on Mars. Another criteria is that they must be largely assembled autonomously, so that humans can occupy them as soon as they arrive. They were judged on completeness, layout, 3D-printing viability and aesthetics.
Have a look at the videos of the five winners.
Kahn-Yates was my favourite! Quite astonishing.