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Latest Updates from NASA on 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

Press Release From: Marshall Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019

The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, which began in 2015, is structured in phases, each with multiple levels.  Phases to date include:

  • Phase 1, (completed) the Design Competition, required teams to submit architectural renderings and was completed in 2015. ($50,000 prize purse)
  • Phase 2, (completed) the Structural Member Competition, focused on material technologies, requiring teams to create structural components. It was completed in 2017. ($1.1 million prize purse)
  • Phase 3 (current), the On-Site Habitat Competition, comprises five levels that test teams’ ability to advance technology to autonomously construct a habitat and will culminate in a head-to-head habitat print in April 2019.  ($2 million prize purse)

The challenge is managed through a partnership with NASA’s Centennial Challenges program and Bradley University. Bradley has partnered with sponsors Caterpillar, Bechtel, Brick & Mortar Ventures and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to administer the competition. NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

For information about the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/3DPHab

For information about NASA's Centennial Challenges Program, visit: www.nasa.gov/winit

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