According to TechCrunch the software needs different details about the structures designed by the developers. In other words, the teams could not only come up with a concept that looks good – they had to make sure wall thicknesses, heating, pressure sealing and other elements of their habitats could withstand the rigors of Mars.
The five teams share a $ 100,000 cash pot earmarked for this phase of the competition, with the top two teams each winning $ 20,957.95. One of the top teams, Arkansas Zopherus, has come up with a 3D printer habitat that Rover can use to find local building material.
AI. The Space Factory of New York designed a cylindrical habitat for maximum space utilization.
The Kahn-Yates team from Jackson, Mississippi, which finished third, has a design with translucent dots in the light. It was also created to make Mars massive To withstand dust storms.
SEArch + / Apis Cor of New York prioritizes the creation of a habitat that, while capable of providing light, can provide strong radiation shielding.
Finally, Team Northwestern University of Illinois has designed a design featuring a spherical shell with an outer parabolic dome. They also want to make building as easy as possible by using an inflatable vessel as the base for a 3D printer, so it can quickly print a dome with cross beams.
The five teams now have to prove that their ideas are feasible in 3D printing – autonomous, that is – part of their structures and a third-scale create version of their design. Monsieur Roman, program manager of NASA's Centennial Challenges, said, "We are thrilled to see the success of this diverse group of teams who have approached this competition in their own unique styles, not only designing structures, but also designing habitats our space researchers live and work on other planets. "