CHAPEA Analog Habitat

In 2020 ICON Technology, Inc. was awarded a subcontract supporting the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) to deliver a 3D-printed habitat, known as Mars Dune Alpha, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. ICON utilized the Vulcan construction system to complete a 1,700 square-foot structure, designed by architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), that will simulate a realistic Mars habitat supporting long-duration, exploration-class space missions. This project was completed as part of NASA’S Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the one-year long analog missions are anticipated to begin in Fall 2022.

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Melodie Yashar, Jason Ballard (ICON)



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CHAPEA Analog Habitat