Martian Frontier: Visionary Concept Envisions Swarms of Robots Digging Underground Cities, Paving the Way for Martian Colonization - Media News 48

Martian Frontier: Visionary Concept Envisions Swarms of Robots Digging Underground Cities, Paving the Way for Martian Colonization

Swarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars

Underground habitats have recently become a focal point of off-planet colonization efforts. Protection from micrometeorites, radiation and other potential hazards makes underground sites desirable compared to surface dwellings. Building such subterranean structures presents a plethora of challenges, not the least of which is how to actually construct them. A team of researchers at the Delft University of Technology (TUD) is working on a plan to excavate material and then use it to print habitats. All that would be done with a group of swarming robots.

Modern Mars has potential to support microbial life deep underground

The idea stems from a grant opportunity posted by the European Space Agency. Students at the Robotic Building lab (RB) at TU Delft, led by Dr. Henriette Bier, were enthusiastic to participate in the challenge that focuses on in-situ resource utilization for off-Earth construction. The RB team, together with experts in material science, robotics, and aerospace engineering submitted an idea that was granted €100k to develop a preliminary proof of concept.

Architecture on Mars: Projects for Life on the Red Planet | ArchDaily

The proposed approach focuses on the lab’s specialty—robotic building—and has four main components—digging out the regolith, printing a new habitat using an additive manufacturing process, coordinating the work between all the robots that would be needed to complete the tasks, and powering them as well as the habitat.

Swarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars

Excavating regolith with robots has been explored previously, but usually in the context of the moon. Different patterns of excavation are useful for building different structures, and the pattern the RB team focused on was a downwards sloping spiral. Such a structure could create a stable, safe structure within a relatively small footprint on the surface.

How to drive a robot on Mars

Modeling the stresses and strains on that structure is a key component of the current study project. The team developed a 1m x 1m scale prototype of a fragment with patterns that would allow them to create safe and stable areas effectively. Some of those areas were designed with habitation in mind, including detachable plant areas that could house hydroponically grown plants.

The five astonishing technologies that will be here by 2100, according to experts | Daily Mail Online

Tons upon tons of regolith would have to be removed from any real-life scale excavation site. That regolith is used as material to 3D print a stable habitat. Originally, the team was planning on combining regolith with liquid Sulfur to produce concrete. But after involving material scientists and an industrial partner specialized in robotic printing with cement they settled on using cement-based concrete by tapping into some of Mars’ water resources. Creating cement itself requires an infrastructure though, so any such plan to use regolith would have to wait until after that infrastructure was already in place on the planet.

Robot swarms' could build Mars shelters underground | Popular Science

Structuring the habitat itself is also a key consideration when designing what shape should be 3D printed. The team focused on relatively porous structures, which allowed them to use less material in its construction. However, the structures still had remarkably high strength and durability and also provided good insulation from the radiation and micrometeorite impacts the subsurface colony is looking to avoid.

Mars Rocks Have the Right raw Ingredients to 3D Print Everything From Tools to Rocket Parts - Universe Today

Some of the advantages of this approach are due to one of the biggest drivers of innovation—collaboration. The project is coordinated by the RB lab but involves partners both at TUD and external commercial partners. These collaborators bring civil, aerospace, and robotic engineering expertise, and additive manufacturing technologies for developing the robotic swarm construction approach

Related Posts

Viral Video of ‘Aliens’ Sighting Baffles and Intrigues Viewers Worldwide. Unexplained Footage Sparks Intense Speculation and Controversy

What are they? Aliens, UFOs, extraterrestrial objects have always attracted astronauts as well as commoners. It may give you goosebumps, but social media is abuzz with a…

Unidentified Skies: UFO Sighted Over Fukushima Sparks Hope and Speculation – Are They Here as Saviors? Witness Accounts Stir Mystery and Belief in Extraterrestrial Intervention

A new episode of Netflix’s UFO documentary series Encounters chronicles the sighting of unidentified objects above the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the accident. On March 11,…

Unidentified Lights: UFO-Like Mysterious Illuminations Spotted in Gujarat, Sparking Feverish Speculation About Alien Presence in India. A Dramatic Unfolding of Otherworldly Possibilities

Mysterious Bright Lights Spotted Across The Sky in Gujarat’s Junagadh, Triggers Speculation of UFOs  Junagadh: Residents of Gujarat’s Junagadh and surrounding regions were taken by surprise after…

UFO? Meteor? No One Knows for Sure. Wild Conspiracy Theories Erupt Over Mysterious Clouds Looming Menacingly Over Alaska

Photos of a strange, worm-like cloud taken over Alaska’s Lazy Mountain prompted an investigation by Alaska State Troopers amid fears it could be a plane crash, a UFO or…

Area 51’s Vanishing Act: Rare Photos Capture the Eerie Disappearance of a Mysterious Giant Hangar. In a Stunning Twist, the Enigmatic Structure Fades into Thin Air, Defying All Logic

RARE pictures show inside Area 51 and reveal that a mysterious giant hangar has suddenly vanished. The images were captured by private pilot Gabe Zeifman, who flew…

Caribbean Skies Enigma: NASA Captures Astonishing Footage of a Massive Jellyfish-Like UFO. The September 18, 2016 Sighting Report Reveals a Baffling Encounter That Defies Explanation

Above is original, below is negative. Date of sighting: Sept 18, 2016Location of sighting: Caribbean Its plain to see there is a giant jellyfish UFO hiding inside…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *