3D Printed Mars Habitat (3rd phase of NASA’s Centennial Challenge)

The Hassell and Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC) design for a human habitation on Mars explores how autonomous 3D printing technologies could be used to deliver safe, comfortable and efficient homes on the red planet.

Initially conceived in response to NASA’s 3D Printing Centennial Challenge, Hassell and EOC embraced the opportunity to push current thinking on human-centric design with an approach that moves beyond the idea of astronauts as purely operators, to create a habitat where people can not only survive life on Mars, but really thrive there.

The Hassell vision sets out an environment on Mars, which is high performance while also providing a degree of comfort and familiarity for the astronauts. It is a place where they feel safe and equipped to do the most important work in the history of space exploration.

The proposed concept for the habitat structure is comprised out of 2 systems. Lightweight, inflatable modules are deployed as a reconfigurable framework for specific programmatic requirements, providing an artificial atmosphere that would sustain life for the Astronauts. This is design in conjunction with a compression-only shell structure, designed by Eckersley O’Callaghan, which will be autonomously 3D Printed using Martian regolith to protect the modules from high levels of radiation.

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Team Members

Xavier De Kestelier, Jonathan Irawan, Shawn Wu, Xuanzhi Huang, Nikolaos Argyros, David Brown (Hassell); Ben Lewis , Sam Gregson (Eckersley O’Callaghan)


 Design: Hassell+EOC; Animation: Lightfield ; Renders: Agnete Jukneviciute

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