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Yates Construction and Design Partner Named One of the 10 Finalist in the Virtual Model Stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

Yates Construction and our design partner have been named one of the 10 finalists in the One-Site Habitat Competition part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, which is a multi-phase competition to design and build sustainable shelters for humans to live on Mars.

The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is managed through a partnership with NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program and Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The habitat must comprise 1,000 square feet of living space to support four astronauts for one year and include plans for systems such as life support, mechanical and electrical, spacesuit and rover hatches, and plumbing. Eighteen teams submitted their designs on May 16, 2018, and judges have selected the top 10 teams that will continue to compete. A panel of subject matter experts from NASA and industry will evaluate the teams. The goal of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is to foster the development of technologies to manufacture a habitat using local indigenous materials with, or without, recyclable materials. The vision is that autonomous machines will someday be deployed in deep space destinations, including Mars, to construct shelters for human habitation. On Earth, these same capabilities could be used to produce affordable housing wherever it is needed or where access to conventional building materials and skills are limited.

Click here to learn more about our team’s digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a house on Mars.

*Photograph provided by Albert Kahn Associates.