Mars X House is a prototype of a future Mars habitat that will be 3D-printed in a live technology demonstration hosted by NASA. We will be printing the 1/3 scale habitat in May 2019 as part of the head to head event of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois. The construction process will be fully autonomous (meaning no human interventions!) and will involve the use of advanced robotics.
The goal of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is to prompt and foster the development of innovative technologies necessary to construct a habitat with local (indigenous) materials using in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) within a future mission to Mars.
Why Support Us
Autonomous robotics will someday be deployed to the Moon, Mars and beyond to construct shelters for human habitation. On Earth, this same technology will be used to produce affordable housing in areas where access to conventional building materials and skills are limited. By supporting our campaign you demonstrate your commitment to technology development for future 3D-printed habitats and living in outer space.
To test and measure the durability of our structure, we will be performing the following tests at Caterpillar's Edwards Research and Demonstration center:
- Smoke Test — Smoke at a nominal low pressure will assess the air-tightness of the habitat.
- Impact Test — Olympic shot puts will impact the structure at vulnerable locations on the habitat released from different heights. There will be three "drops" using Olympic shot puts of various sizes and weights.
- Crush Test — A large hydraulic excavator bucket will crush the structure to the point of failure / destruction. Yes, our habitat will be destroyed after all tests!
Where Your Support Goes
We are asking for your support for to:
- Modify the printer to make it mobile,
- Manufacture material for tests and final printing,
- Buy hardware and tools,
- Rent a pneumatic system and material silo,
- Perform printing tests,
- Perform tests on additional stand-alone robots, and
- Cover logistic costs.
We will have to produce a large amount of material for testing and final printing. We've found that a lot of unexpected issues tend to surface this work—and we want to be sure that we have everything we might need to troubleshoot problems that will inevitably arise!
Who We Are
We are team SEArch+ / Apis Cor, companies who share a great passion for space exploration and technology development. We have joined forces within Phase 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.
Apis Cor is the first company in the world to develop specialized mobile equipment for 3D printing construction which is capable of printing whole concrete buildings completely on site. Our aim is to create fully autonomous equipment that will be able to print smart, affordable and sustainable buildings on Earth and beyond. In 2017, we 3D printed the first concrete house in less than 24 hours.
SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) develops concepts to support long-term human habitability for space exploration. Continuing a decade-long association with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Human Habitability Division and Langley Research Center, the mission of SEArch+ is to conceive, investigate, and produce innovative 'human-centered' designs which enable human beings to not only live, but thrive in space environments beyond Earth. Mars ICE House designed by SEArch+ is the winner of the Phase 1 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
And Now, the Rewards!
We’ve created some fun rewards to celebrate your commitment. Our amazing rewards include access to live broadcasting and backstage video of preparation works! Check out the full rewards list to the right of our project description. Please note our rewards for international backers are shipped with standard shipping and do not include a tracking option.
Join Team X-House
This ground-breaking research has been supported by the generous support of numerous individuals and companies who have all volunteered their time and expertise to further this mission. They have included:
- On behalf of Autodesk Build Space: Adam Allard, Athena Moore, Joe Aronis, Taylor Tobin, Stefanie Pender, Adam Day, Josh Aigen, Tim Brinkerhoff,
- On behalf of SEArch+: Geoffrey Bell, Layla van Ellen, Nihat Mert Ogut, Tian Shui, Reece Tucker, Daniel Case (University of Michigan), Jesse Chrismer (Entuitive Engineering), Paul Kassabian, Matt Melnyk (Nous Engineering), Jeffrey Schantz (EYP Inc.),
- On behalf of Apis Cor: Nikita Zherebtsov, Alexander Baskakov, Ivan Knyazkov;
- and many more ...
While we have dedicated thousands of hours and dollars to realizing this breakthrough moment in technology development for outer space, we need your help to bring us over the finish line. Join our team and help us win this Challenge!
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SEArch+ / Apis Cor
Christina Ciardullo, SEArch+
Nikita Cheniuntai, Apis Cor
Michael Morris, SEArch+
Sergey Nefedov, Apis Cor
Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman SEArch+
Melodie Yashar, Team Leader
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for us is to build our habitat in a fully autonomous way. But we believe that we will have enough time to prepare, test, and check all systems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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