Network Connecticut ran a profile on a New Haven team that submitted a design to a Martian habitat competition run by NASA. Led by mechanical engineer Nick McGhee, the team developed a proposal that uses robots to build housing from materials already present on Mars, literally pulling plastics from the air and baking Martian rocks into walls.
For more – including their application video and an interview where they describe their model – click below:
One of 18 teams competing from across the country, the team developed their proposal, 3D-printed models, and tested their materials process at MakeHaven, a local membership-based makerspace funded by the Elm City Innovation Collaborative, New Haven’s member of the CTNext “Innovation Places” program. For a full listing of MakeHaven events, visit www.makehaven.org.
Contributed by Michael Harris, ECIC Chair
Photo courtesy of Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut