News / July 2018
Monday 2 July 2018
HASSELL one step closer to life on Mars

HASSELL has been shortlisted to design the world’s first human home on Mars, as part of NASA’s 3D Printing Centennial Challenge.

The international competition, run by Bradley University (USA) on behalf of NASA, called on teams to design a living and working environment for four astronauts using local Martian materials, or recycled materials from the Mars lander.

In response, HASSELL and structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan designed an external shell, which could be constructed entirely by autonomous robots using Mars’s natural regolith. This would then allow for the astronauts to arrive to a degree of protection from the harsh Martian elements.

Once they have landed, the astronauts would rapidly construct the building’s interior using a series of inflatable ‘pods’ that incorporate all the living and working requirements for everyday life on Mars.

HASSELL Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier de Kestelier, said the Mars Centennial Challenge is a welcome opportunity to bring a human element into aerospace design.

“Designing for space is typically very functional. It focuses on achieving maximum performance and maximum efficiency for technology and machines – but not for people,” Xavier says.

“We have set out to create an environment on Mars which is not only high performance, but also provides a degree of comfort and familiarity for the astronauts. It’s an environment where they feel safe and equipped to do the most important work in the history of space exploration.”

HASSELL has currently been shortlisted to the top 10 entrants. The top five will be announced in July 2018, with the final winners announced in January 2019.

For more information visit NASA.gov

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