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Welcome to Mars Incubator! This site is dedicated to developing martian habitation technology. Check out our recent submission to the NASA Centennial Challenge below!

About

Mars Incubator was originally conceptualized by the founder as an independent competition to spark student interest in developing the necessary technology to build life sustaining capsules on Mars. After initial research we found that NASA is already addressing this goal with the Centennial Challenge Program. Thus, the competitive team was formed by the founder to take on NASA’s challenge.

Mars Incubator is a team of engineers and artists formed to compete in the NASA Centennial challenge competitions. More specifically we are looking to develop the technologies and inform the designs that will one day lead humans to a sustainable presence on Mars.

As mechanical engineers, manufacturing new technologies represent a shift in creative potential. Additive manufacturing offers a suite of new design parameters that will enable humans to develop the Martian surface. The team is a collection of peers, co-workers, mentors and friends with a common interest in developing the technology that makes humanity a space-faring species.

Our strategy is to maintain a small, agile team with the appropriate subject matter expert in each of the topics critical to the success of the project. Based on the timescale it’s important to communicate ideas and make decisions quickly and effectively.

Check out design for the Level 1 of the challenge here:

Mars Incubator Hab

Discussion

In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)

Material Types The Mars Incubator construction relies heavily on materials produced from the Martian surface. Regolith is found in the form of Martian sand, Basalt is the bedrock found underneath, and polyethylene, whilst not naturally occurring, can be produced by combining CO2 and hydrogen. Equipment Required A processing plant will be required to prepare the …

External Tiles

The standard building blocks for the habitat are the hexagonal and pentagonal tiles. There are three standard geometries used to complete the habitat, one hexagonal and two pentagonal. The pentagonal tiles in the smaller pentagonal polyhedrons have a different mating angle than the larger tiles but are the same basic size. The large volume of …