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Mars X House: A 3D Printed Prototype is Getting Ready

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.

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.
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