ICON’s next-gen Vulcan construction system will complete a 158-m2 (1700-sf) structure, designed by architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, that will simulate a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration, exploration-class space missions.
ICON, developer of construction technologies such as robotics, software, and building materials, was awarded a government Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract including funding from NASA to begin research and development of a space-based construction system that could support future exploration of the Moon.
Three teams won the complete virtual construction contest, the latest stage of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) 3D-printed Habitat Challenge. They awarded a share of the $100,000 prize purse.
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