In the 1960s, The Jetsons presented cartoon fans with a vision of the future that had us all driving space ships on a distant location out there in the galaxy known as Orbit City.
The time when the likes of Orbit City will exist may still seems far off, but it is fair to say NASA are working on it, with plans afoot to design houses on Mars.
Best of all, fans are being given the opportunity to submit designs for these Mars-based abodes,
Part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, which is aimed at “citizen inventors”, the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge’s main aim is to encourage the design-inclined to come up with a variety of architectural concepts with regards to 3D-printing capabilities and using sustainable, indigenous materials.
The challenge has been divided into two phases:
Phase 1 which ran through September of last year already awarded the top three finalists;
First place and $25 000 went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office from New York City for their design, titled, Mars Ice House (see below).
While the first half of this space race was more about structure, Phase 2 is all about materials. Sustainable and recyclable to be precise.
“Shelter is an obvious necessity as we prepare to explore worlds beyond our home planet, but space and weight aboard our vehicles are precious, and taken by the many other resources we will need for survival,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.
“That’s why we are seeking the technology to reuse the materials we will already be carrying, and combine them with what is already available at our destination, which is, in this case, soil. We recycle here on Earth – why not on Mars?”
The deadline for signing up is January 31, 2017 and the final day for the competition is in August 2017.
Phase 3 is all about building these suckers, we can’t wait.
Good on you for thinking ahead NASA.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.