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NASA has awarded multi-planetary architectural and technology design agency, AI SpaceFactory, $500,000 for the successful construction of its Mars habitat (MARSHA).

The habitat was 3D printed during the final phase of NASA’s Centennial Challenge.

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Innovative composite

AI SpaceFactory, headquartered in New York, was announced the 1st place winner out of over 60 challengers for the automation of its print – completed with nearly no human assistance in 30 hours – as well as its innovative biopolymer basalt composite, a biodegradable and recyclable material derived from natural materials found on Mars.

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MARSHA’s  vertical shape and human-centric design marks a radical departure from previous, home away from home Martian designs.

After withstanding NASA’s pressure, smoke, and impact testing, this material was found to be stronger and more durable than its concrete competitors.

Winners all – AI SpaceFactory team. Credit: AI SpaceFactory

Eye on Earth construction

“We developed these technologies for space, but they have the potential to transform the way we build on Earth,” said David Malott, CEO and Founder of AI SpaceFactory. “By using natural, biodegradable materials grown from crops, we could eliminate the building industry’s massive waste of unrecyclable concrete and restore our planet.”

MARSHA will be recycled into TERA, the world’s first 3D printed space-tech eco habitat.
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As early as this year, MARSHA will be recycled into TERA, the world’s first 3D printed space-tech eco habitat, and earthlings will finally be able to experience what life might be like on Mars, here on Earth. “It could change the way we build buildings,” said Lex Akers, Dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

NASA/university partnership

The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is managed in partnership with NASA’s Centennial Challenges program and Bradley University.






NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  



























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