Jump Aboard This 3D Printed Simulated Mars Home – for a Year

NASA is testing the concept of a 3D-printed home for Mars – and they’re looking for beta testers.

Rob Spiegel

January 12, 2022

NASA is recruiting people to live in a test Mars home for a year with almost no contact with the outside world. The test facility will be a 3D printed structure of 1700 square feet with living quarters and space for growing food. The idea is to prepare for a structure that will ultimately be built on Mars from materials found on the red planet.

ICON, a developer of advanced construction technologies was awarded a subcontract through Jacobs to build the structure. The project supports NASA’s Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA). The goal is to deliver a 3D-printed habitat, known as Mars Dune Alpha, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. ICON used its next-gen Vulcan construction system to complete the structure. The building was designed by architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to simulate a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration, exploration-class space missions.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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