Mars Habitat Design

Applying Artificial Intelligence, Origami and Computational Geometry to Mars habitat architecture

The Mars Society of Canada (MSC) Architectural Concepts Developer, Aastha Kacha is exploring the efficacy of folding origami habitat design in meeting the challenges of payload logistics, deployability and resilience to extreme Martian surface conditions.

With design and modeling support from MSC Mars Engineering Developer Jin Sing Sia, this effort seeks to demonstrate that origami architecture is not only effective at solving various technical problems but that it is also a viable solution for managing the physical and psychological comfort of habitat occupants.

On 15 October 2020, MSC gave a presentation on this design at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Mars Society. The video of that presentation will be posted here shortly. We will be announcing on social media when that video is available.

Jin will serving as crew engineer for the Mars Desert Research Station crew 228 deployment, at which point a mockup of this design will be constructed in order to conduct initial evaluations of the habitat.

The folding and unfolding of a Mars habitat using origami architecture
A visual rendering of the Kresling origami pattern in Mars habitat design

Easy to reconfigure

Modular and multipurpose

Highly compact for shipping

Robust structural integrity

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