Foster + Partners Win Phase 2 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

In the second and latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, our friends at Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Branch Technology, have been awarded first prize ($250,000). The Habitat Challenge is a $2.5M competition to generate ideas which advance technology for sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond:” the beyond in question is Mars. Foster + Partners, with Branch, and competing teams were asked to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using Martian soil and recyclable materials. The team won the prize for a concrete dome capable of bearing a maximum load of 3700 Lbs, and maximizing the use of locally sourced materials (Mars being the locale in question). The winning project utilized 70% simulated Martian regolith.

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