NASA Wants You to Help it Build a 3D-Printed Home in Outer Space

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is currently running a competition to develop a habitat in outer space, and the space agency wants your input to help it build a house on Mars, with the help of advanced 3D printing technology.

NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Phase 3 On-Site Habitat is a prize competition with a $2 million total prize purse to develop the fundamental technologies necessary to manufacture an off-world habitat using mission recycled materials and/or local indigenous materials.

The goal? The colonization of Mars! It sounds like something from a science fiction novel, but NASA believes Mars is the “next frontier,” and the development of applications towards realizing this goal will help advance America’s leadership in technology and innovation.

The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is divided into phases. The Phase 1: Design Competition called on participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts and was completed in 2015. The Phase 2: Structural Member Competition focused on manufacturing structural components and was completed in August 2017.

The now-open Phase 3: On-Site Habitat Competition challenges competitors to fabricate sub-scale habitats using indigenous materials with or without mission-generated recyclables.

In addition to NASA, Bradley University has partnered with sponsors Caterpillar Inc., Bechtel and Brick & Mortar Ventures to run the competition.

If you are interested, you can register through Feb. 15, 2018. On-site competition April 29 – May 4, 2019