“Building humanity’s first home on another world will be the most ambitious project in human history and will push science, engineering, technology and architecture to literally new heights.“
The design firm Bjarke ingels group (BIG) has collaborated with ICON and SEArch+ to work with NASA to research and develop a space-based construction system that can support future moon exploration called “Project Olympus”.
An ambitious but difficult project, these structures must be built in an inhospitable environment with one fifth of the Earth’s gravity.
NASA has announced that a manned mission will land on the Moon by 2024, and that lunar exploration will be possible by 2030. When these next astronauts arrive, they will need a place to stay.
The habitat will be realized with 3D printing using only materials found on site and also using revolutionary robotic construction technology. With the technologies and efficiency parameters developed for the construction of extraterrestrial buildings, Project Olympus will also help us to build sustainably on Earth.
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