NASA deploys a 3D-printed Habitat Challenge Competition

The Foster + Partners | Branch Technology team from Chattanooga, Tennessee, with their 3D-printed dome structure after it was strength tested Aug. 26, 2017, at Caterpillar Inc.'s Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in Peoria, Illinois. The team won first place and $250,000 at Phase 2: Level 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Credits: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

NASA is making progress and awarding prizes in its competition to build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration.

The agency has awarded first place and a prize of $250,000 to Team Foster + Partners | Branch Technology of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for successfully completing Phase 2: Level 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize competition.

The multi-phase, $2.5 million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is designed to advance construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, is NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge partner, also partnered with sponsors Caterpillar, Bechtel and Brick & Mortar Ventures to run the competition.

Teams were required to develop the fundamental 3-D printing technology necessary to produce a structurally sound habitat, including the printer itself and construction materials. A gallery of photos from the challenge events can be found on the NASA Headquarters’ Flickr site.

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.