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The Florida Space Institute in Collaboration With Deep Space Industries Has Won A NASA Contract, “Extruded Clay-Based Regoliths For Construction On Mars, Phobos And NEAs

June 2016:

The Florida Space Institute in collaboration with Deep Space Industries has won a NASA contract, “Extruded Clay-Based Regoliths for Construction on Mars, Phobos and NEAs,” to develop the technology to 3D print buildings, radiation shields, landing pads, or roads with naturally-occurring phyllosilicate clays on those planetary bodies.  This phase-1 study is worth approximately $125,000 over a six month period with the possibility of a two-year, phase 2, follow-on contract.

Illustration:  3D printing heat shields from the phyllosilicate-rich regolith on Phobos with Mars in the sky. (Credit: Pat Rawlings and NASA)

3D printing heat shields from the phyllosilicate-rich regolith on Phobos with Mars in the sky. Credit-Pat Rawlings and NASA - JUNE 2016