Mars One isn’t the only player in the race to create sustainable habitats in space. After all, how can one colonize another galaxy without addressing the basic needs of shelter. However, this endeavor is fraught with challenges; packing enough materials and equipment is not option when cargo space is a valuable commodity. That’s why NASA has partnered with America Makes to inspire designers to brainstorm unique solutions to this dilemma.
This multi-phase challenge dangles $2.5 million in prize money. The first phase calls for submissions that provide revolutionary architectural concepts using 3-D printing technology. The top 30 submissions will be judged and a prize purse of $50,000 will be awarded at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.
The second phase is divided into two levels. The Structural Member Competition focuses on fabrication techniques to manufacture structural components using indigenous materials. While the On-Site Habitat Competition challenges participants to create full-scale habitats using indigenous and recyclable materials. Participants must register by Sept. 26, and winners for each level will be awarded a $1.1 million prize.
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