In partnering with Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, NASA have announced the top five teams that shared the winning $100,000 prize in 3D Printed Habitat Competition. These winning teams have successfully created digital representations of both physical and functional characteristics of a house that will be located on Mars. There were 18 teams from all over the world that judged and interviewed by a jury panel and these five teams were selected due to their creativity and innovations.
- Team Zopherus of Rogers, Arkansas – $20,957.95
- AI. SpaceFactory of New York – $20,957.24
- Kahn-Yates of Jackson, Mississippi – $20,622.74
- SEArch+/Apis Cor of New York – $19,580.97
- Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois – $17,881.10
Monsi Roman, program manager of NASA’s Centennial Challenges, says that they are happy to see the success of diverse group of teams, each one has approached this competition in their unique styles. Each team has designed not just structures but also habitats, a platform where space explorers can live and work on another planets.
Team Zopherus of Rogers, Arkansas
AI. SpaceFactory of New York
This competition is a great way to encourage engineers and designers to design and create life-supporting habitats as NASA advances deep space exploration. Creating structure on the Mars’ surface would be a great challenge due to limitation in transporting materials and also the differences in atmosphere and landscape. Therefore, through 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, NASA aims to further enhance the progression of sustainable shelters that hopefully, in the future, they can also occupy the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
Kahn-Yates of Jackson, Mississippi
SEArch+/Apis Cor of New York
Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois