Space Architecture.

24 October 2021

Thinking about Mars Colony we should keep in mind mostly what is available on its surface and what we need for living that can not be found there. During colonization, we suggested distances between components and symmetries, that allow further expansions in each direction, reasonable due to material savings for each phase of expansion.

3D printing thick shell constructions can protect shelters from high radiation at the beginning of colonization when all the resources are highly limited.

Self-inflating tents provide seamless structures easy to assemble and start the habitat under 3D printed shields. Presented Camp is foreseen long after the first human landing. Thus on Mars, we have mostly Silicon, Iron and Magnesium, we would need to prepare for assembling structures from it.

Additionally on the Martian Surface scientists found Aluminum, Titanium, Chromium, Copper, Zinc, Nickel, Cobalt and others. Due to the fact that the rocky planet contains around 0.5% of chlorine, the Martian surface is toxic for mankind and Camp should protect humans from radiation. While we are still looking for advanced manufacturing technologies to prevent overdose of radiation exposure, design should still oscillate around pragmatic repetitive components that will allow quick expansion. We suggested well-known domes made of platonic triangular components. By reusing necessary construction materials from Mars's surface additional heat and oxygen can be generated and collected. The main oxygen generator will be supplied from vegetable farming, an exchanger of C02 from the Martian atmosphere and heat pumps. The preferred location of it should allow effective independent distribution of oxygen to the living units, laboratories, farming zones and rockets/spaceships transportation units.  

A special robot will mine water, ice and fuel from planetary soil. The first human expedition on Mars would need to bring also Water Extractor to heat soil till water evaporates. Condensate water will be stored. In our spatial design, such robots are placed at a distance from the living zone due to soil shakes. Nevertheless,

we would like to use this heat additionally for the farming zones which are between Living Zone and Water Extraction Zone.



Design Team: M87LAB - Sylwia Pawlowska, Matteo Mazzero

Project Name: Mars Future Colony

Year: 2021

Field: Concept Design Visualization

Environment: Planet Mars

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