No, we have not yet sent people to Mars, but if you want, you need to hurry up already SachC. now you need to start developing habitat, spacecraft, and budgets. NASA has launched a competition for 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge in 2015 to find a suitable artificial shelter for the first wave of inhabitants of Mars, and now the Agency has narrowed the number of finalists to five. All teams had 18.
According to TechCrunch, the work was evaluated using specialized software. In other words, it was necessary not just to present a nice looking concept, it was necessary to ensure that the thickness of the walls, heating, sealing and other elements of the environment can actually withstand the rigors of the Martian environment.
Five teams shared a cash prize of $ 100,000 allocated for this stage of the competition, with the top two teams took home 20 957,95 dollars each. One of the best teams Zopherus of Arkansas presented a habitat, is built on moving 3D-printers that can deploy Rovers to retrieve local materials for construction.
AI. SpaceFactory from new York designed a cylindrical housing for maximum use of space.
Team Kahn-Yates of Jackson, Mississippi, who took third place, showed a project with clear points through which light passes. It can also resist the powerful dust storms of Mars.
SEArch+/Apis Cor from new York has built housing that allows light to enter but provides also a strong protection from radiation.
Finally, a team at northwestern University in Illinois have created a project, which has a spherical shell with outer parabolic dome. It is also easier to build.
Now the teams will test their ideas by building reduced three times version using 3D printing — Autonomous.