Print your very own Martian habitat!
HI-SEAS (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is a long duration analog Mars mission. HI-SEAS.org. I'm a crew member of mission III which began October 15, 2014 and will end June 13, 2015
The main purpose of the mission is to help understand how crew members interact when living and working together during long duration, isolated missions (like a mission to Mars) as well as how to select crew members for such missions. As such we have no live contact with the outside world, we eat shelf stable food and wear simulated space suits whenever we leave the habitat.
In addition to the main study there are a number of opportunistic studies going on as well. They are focused on either psychology, group dynamics or some combination of the two. Generally they involve some kind of task or game and filling out surveys about our mood and interactions with other crew members. In total there are about 40 tasks per week for these six studies.
On top of those, we all have our own individual research areas as well. I’m looking at the utility of 3D printing in Mars missions/in isolated environments. For more info see my blog at https://www.almostmars.com
Other people’s research areas and blogs are:
Martha – indoor gardening - https://martianadventures.wordpress.com/
Jocelyn – looking at cortisol/stress levels and correlating it exercise, sleep, eating habits, etc. -http://fivestarview.blogspot.com/
Sophie – Robotics - https://domesoph.wordpress.com/
Neil – gut/skin microbiome
Allen – looking at Earth-Mars transfer orbits
About the Habitat:
The HI-SEAS Habitat is located at approximately 8000 ft elevation on the northern slope of Mauna Loa. The habitat, based on a dome supplied by Pacific Domes International with internal two-story structure designed by V. Paul Ponthieux of Envision Design, was built by the Blue Planet Foundation of Honolulu, Hawaii. The geodesic dome is 36 feet in diameter, enclosing a volume of 13,570 cubic feet. The ground floor has an area of 993 square feet (878 square feet usable) and includes common areas such as kitchen, dining, bathroom with shower, lab, exercise, and common spaces. The second floor loft spans an area of 424 square feet and includes six separate staterooms and a half bath. In addition, a 160 square foot workshop converted from a 20-foot high steel shipping container is attached to the habitat.
I've been printing at a 1:200 scale but scale as you see fit.
I've been printing default setting on my Up Mini, .25mm layers. Support for less than 30deg.