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The TERA ecological 3D capsule was created using space technology

At the NASA competition, the company presented a version of the Martian capsule called MARSHA, built using basalt fiber – it is assumed that this will be the main building material on Mars. The 4.5-meter-high capsule was created using a 3D printer in 30 hours and three days without any human help. At the competition, she won first place.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

From the Martian project MARSHA, the earthly one will differ in slightly smaller dimensions (two floors), interior decoration and many windows, under which it was necessary to recalculate the structure in order to maintain strength.

TERA and MARSHA from the same family – they were just born on different planets.
– said Sima Shahverdi, lead designer and architect of TERA.

TERA is a futuristic ecological habitat that demonstrates a sustainable way to build homes on Earth. The project was created using technology developed for NASA and thanks to 3D printing. And most of the materials from which it is made are environmentally friendly – biodegradable and can be recycled or composted back into the soil at the end of their life.

AI SpaceFactory moved the TERA capsule to upstate New York on the Hudson River. TERA will be used as a mini-hotel, and the proceeds will go to the development of the company’s space projects. In fact, this is an unusual two-story house in the forest with a view of the Hudson River. The first floor is occupied by a living area with a bathroom and shower, a cooking worktop and a seating area that opens onto a terrace. Second floor – sleeping loft or dining room with living room.

From March 2020, many will have the opportunity to experience the TERA project. Everyone can spend the night in it at a price of 175 to 500 dollars.

The concept of eco-friendly habitat did not originate from scratch. From the point of view of modern construction methods, concrete is the second most consumed resource in the world after water. Unfortunately, only 20% of the concrete will ever be recycled, in addition, it produces almost 5% of global carbon emissions. It does not even take into account clean water, which is necessary for construction. And given the population growth and urbanization, it is very unlikely that construction companies will stop building concrete, so the problem will only get worse.

The mission of AI SpaceFactory and the TERA project is to challenge the massive waste from the construction industry and create a market for a new type of building. Design and production methods developed to ensure a sustainable life on Mars have also been used for TERA architecture. The house was built from a 3D-printed biopolymer basalt composite.

Companies: AI SpaceFactory

Countries: USA

Industries: Aerospace, Construction, Space

Technologies: 3D printing

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