Habitat

TEAMS 3D PRINT PLANETARY HABITATS, AWARDED $700K IN NASA CHALLENGE

After 30 hours of 3D printing over four days of head-to-head competition, NASA and partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, have awarded $700,000 to two teams in the final round of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The top prize of $500,000 was awarded to New York based AI. SpaceFactory. Second-place and $200,000 was awarded to Pennsylvania […]

NASA SELECTS TWO NEW SPACE TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTES FOR SMART HABITATS

As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and […]

WHEN HUMANS SETTLE ON MARS, HOUSES COULD BE 3D-PRINTED

When the first humans settle on Mars, what if their homes were not built but printed? That’s the question being posed in the latest NASA Centennial Challenge, pitting teams from industry and academia to design and 3D-print habitats using materials that can be found on the Martian surface. “The great thing about 3D printing is […]

RETURNING ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON: LOCKHEED MARTIN FINALIZES FULL-SCALE CISLUNAR HABITAT PROTOTYPE

For long-duration, deep space missions, astronauts will need a highly efficient and reconfigurable space, and Lockheed Martin is researching and designing ways to support those missions. Under a public-private partnership as a part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Phase II study contract, Lockheed Martin has completed the initial ground prototype for […]

ORION SPAN LAUNCHES AURORA STATION CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Orion Span, the innovative space tourism company designing a luxury space hotel, has announced an unprecedented crowdfunding campaign. Investors interested in the space tourism race – and those who were captivated by news of Aurora Station’s launch earlier this year – can now become investors in the project. The campaign is live on SeedInvest, a […]

ORIGAMI OPENS UP SMART OPTIONS FOR ARCHITECTURE ON THE MOON AND MARS

Origami and high-performance textiles are transforming architecture plans for smart human habitats and research stations on the Moon and Mars. Initial field tests of the MoonMars project’s origami prototype were presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin by Dr. Anna Sitnikova. MoonMars is a collaboration between the International Lunar Exploration Working […]

NASA OFFERS MONEY FOR WINNING 3D-PRINTED HABITAT IDEAS

NASA is offering $1.1 million in prize money in Phase 2 of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for new ways to build houses where future space explorers can live and work. The three-part competition asks citizen inventors to use readily available and recyclable materials for the raw material to print habitats. Phase 2 focuses on the […]

BIGELOW EXPANDABLE SPACE HABITAT INSTALLED AT ISS

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was installed to the International Space Station Saturday. This is the first expandable habitat to be tested in space. At the time of installation, the space station was flying over the Southern Pacific Ocean. BEAM is an experimental module made by Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, which can dock […]

NASA LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR HOMESTEADING IN SPACE

When moving from one city to another, people rarely bring their house with them — they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don’t have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space. They generally bring everything they might need on their journey, no matter how […]

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