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Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

The team of Foster + Partners and Branch Technology have been awarded first prize in the latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a $2.5 million multi-phase competition designed to generate ideas and advance technology for the construction of sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond.”

After printing three cylinder and three beams the first two levels of Phase 2, Stage 3 asked teams to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using indigenous Martian soil and recyclable materials, envisioning how future habitats could be constructed on the Red Planet. Teams were required to develop the 3-D printing technology itself as well as the structural design for each dome. The competition also dictated each structure be built within a 22-hour time frame, using the specific materials, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance that would be demanded by the Martian landscape.

Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

After winning first prize in the first two phases earlier this year, the Foster + Partners-led team was again selected as the victors after their concrete dome proved capable of handling a maximum load of 1694 kg, more than double that of any other team. The design was also awarded points for maximizing the use of local materials or mission waste – the winning mixture utilized 30% recycled mission plastics and 70% Martian regolith.

Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

For their victory, Foster + Partner | Branch Technology of Chattanooga, Tennessee was awarded the first prize of $250,000. The team from Pennsylvania State University earned second place and a prize of $150,000.

Learn more about the competition, here.

2nd Prize Winner Penn State University. Image Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
2nd Prize Winner Penn State University. Image Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge " 04 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/878998/foster-plus-partners-and-branch-technology-win-phase-2-of-nasas-3d-printed-habitat-challenge/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Winning Design. Image Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

福斯特建筑事务所携手顶尖科技公司,赢得 NASA 太空居所竞赛第二阶段