A futuristic 3D-printed house that welcomes guests & # 39; Mars on Earth & # 39; experience, will soon give you the chance to experience what an interplanetary vacation of the future might look like, say the makers.
Nestled in the forests of the state of New York along the Hudson River, Tera is rented out to vacationers hoping to experience how sustainable life on Mars could be.
& # 39; Tera & # 39; is the brainchild of AI SpaceFactory, a design agency from New York City that received $ 500,000 (£ 386,000) earlier this year for winning the NASA & 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge with its previous & # 39; Marsha & # 39; -habitat.
Each stay will be used to finance the mission of the company behind the design, which hopes to research and develop the renewable and sustainable technologies of the future.
This technology will be used both here on earth and, one day, they will form the basis for a sustainable colony on the red planet.
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A futuristic 3D-printed house that welcomes guests & # 39; Mars on Earth & # 39; experience, will soon give you the chance to experience what an interplanetary vacation of the future might look like, say the makers. Nestled in the forests of the state of New York along the Hudson River, Tera is rented to vacationers hoping to experience how sustainable life could be on Mars
Tera's design and materials can be composted at the end of their lives, bringing the out-of-this-world, sustainable technology built for Mars back to Earth.
Tera is built with the same 3D printing technologies and compostable materials as Marsha for a sustainable, long life on Mars.
Just like its predecessor, the Martian Habitat Marhsa, awarded with NASA, Tera was constructed from a 3D-printed biopolymer basalt composite, a material developed from crops such as corn and sugar cane.
It was tested and validated by NASA as at least 50 percent stronger and more durable than concrete.
On the company's website, a spokesperson wrote: & # 39; This material has the potential to be leaps and bounds more durable than traditional concrete and steel, leading to a future where we have the massive waste of non-recyclable materials from the construction industry able to eliminate.
& # 39; It could transform the way we build on Earth and save our planet. Each Tera will build on the latter until we have achieved highly autonomous, structurally performing, human-assessed habitats.
& # 39; Just as Marsha informed Tera, all the knowledge we gain from Tera will flow back to our extraterrestrial design and construction – ultimately enabling human life on Mars. & # 39;
Each stay in a pod will be used to fund the mission of the company behind the design, which hopes to research and develop the renewable and sustainable technologies of the future. The technology used to build the pods will be used here on earth as well as the company behind it will someday form the basis for a sustainable colony on the red planet.
WHAT IS 3D PRINTING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
First invented in the 1980s by Chuck Hull, an engineer and physicist, 3D printing technology – also called additive manufacturing – is the process of making an object by depositing material one layer at a time.
In the same way that an inkjet printer adds individual ink dots to form an image, a 3D printer adds material where it is needed, based on a digital file.
Many conventional manufacturing processes include cutting excess materials to make a part, and this can result in wastage of up to 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) for every pound of usable material, according to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the Energy Department in Tennessee.
In contrast, in some 3D printing processes, about 98 percent of the raw material is used in the finished part, and the method can be used to make small components using plastics and metal powders, with some experimenting with chocolate and other food, as well as biomaterials with human cells.
3D printers have been charged with producing everything from prosthetic limbs to robots, and the process follows these basic steps:
· Create a 3D blueprint using computer-aided design (CAD) software
· Preparing the printer, including topping up raw materials such as plastics, metal powders and binding solutions.
· Start the printing process via the machine with which the object is built.
· 3D printing processes can vary, but material extrusion is the most common and works like a glue gun: the printing material is heated until it becomes fluid and is extruded through the nozzle
· Using information from the digital file, the design is split into two-dimensional sections so that the printer knows where to place the material
· The mouthpiece deposits the polymer in thin layers, often 0.1 millimeter (0.004 inch) thick.
· The polymer solidifies quickly, adheres to the layer below before the construction platform drops and the printhead adds another layer (the entire process can take from a few minutes to days depending on the object).
· After printing is complete, each object requires some post-processing, ranging from releasing the object from the building platform to removing support, to removing excess powders.
The Marhsa design by AI SpaceFactory won the top prize in NASA & # 39; s Mars Habitat challenge to build the first prototype for Mars homes in May.
The large pod-like cylinder made from natural, biodegradable materials that is naturally found on the red planet.
The innovative structure can protect astronauts against strong winds and solar radiation and is fully equipped with on-site laboratories, dormitories and fitness rooms.
AI SpaceFactory built a model of a pod using automated 3D printing in the final phase of the US space agency challenge and received $ 500,000 (£ 386,000).
It completed a large cylinder that could hold 1,200 gallons (5,500 liters) of water using automated 3D printing machines.
The Marhsa design by AI SpaceFactory won the top prize in NASA & # 39; s Mars Habitat challenge to build the first prototype for Mars homes in May. The large pod-like cylinder made from natural, biodegradable materials that can be found naturally on the red planet (artist & # 39; s impression)
For these pods, the team has a so-called & # 39; Mars polymer & # 39; which the company says it can be made from material found or cultivated on Mars.
The polymer is used as a substitute for concrete and has been praised by the company as an innovative form of building material.
AI SpaceFactory has described it on its website as: & # 39; superior tensile and compressive strength, extreme durability in freeze-thaw cycles and improved toughness.
The company says NASA should send machines to Mars before human astronauts would & # 39; harvest & # 39; harvest the basalt composite from the Mars landscape.
This would provide the raw materials for robot printers and then arrive to start construction on site.
WHAT ARE NASA & PLANS FOR A CRAZY MISSION TO MARS IN 2030s?
Mars has become the next major leap forward for humanity's exploration of space.
But before humans get to the red planet, astronauts will take a few small steps by returning to the moon for a one-year mission.
Details of a mission in the orbit of the moon have been revealed as part of a timeline of events that led to missions to Mars in the 2030s.
NASA has outlined its four-step plan (photo), which it hopes will one day allow people to visit Mars during the Humans to Mars summit held in Washington DC yesterday. This will bring several missions to the moon in the coming decades
In May 2017, Greg Williams, Deputy Deputy Administrator for Policy and Plans at Nasa, outlined the space agency's four-step plan that one day hopes it will enable people to visit Mars, as well as the expected time frame.
Phase one and two is accompanied by multiple journeys to the lunar space, so that a habitat can be created that will provide a meeting place for the journey.
The last piece of hardware delivered would be the actual Deep Space Transport vehicle that would later be used to transport a crew to Mars.
And a year-long simulation of life on Mars will be conducted in 2027.
Phases three and four will begin after 2030 and will include ongoing crew expeditions to the Mars system and surface of Mars.
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