Humanity is a few steps closer to having life on Mars, using a new VR project called HP Mars Home Planet.
Participation is open to everyone from enthusiast space fans to space experts as well as developer and inventors. HP Mars Home Planet’s scope is quite grand, participants must collaborate on technology and designing a metropolitan place for ONE MILLION inhabitants on Mars. These visions of the future will come alive through virtual reality and photo-realistic rendering.
“Mars Home Planet is a fantastic opportunity to explore how this evolving medium will shape our future. It will provide opportunities to solve some of society’s greatest challenges – from planning the cities of the future to helping medical patients feel less pain, to connecting families across the globe.”
There’ll be three stages of HP Mars Home Planet. First up is the Concept Phase, where participants must imagine a product, construction, infrastructure or vehicle. Which will ultimately form part of the ecosystem for the colonists.
Submissions of anything are welcome, from napkin sketches with crayons, to 3D renderings, to a text description and a bitmap image.
Reinventing Life On Mars
Powerful hardware, software and cutting-edge technology will be necessary to create a simulation that is realistic. Mars is a planet, with vast deserts, virgin territories and forbidding terrain. To assist participants, Technicolor, HP and NVIDIA are supplying some resources to construct an impressive experience.
Participants can go here to enroll now.
The first 10,000 registrants will have access to a free Fusion Mars 2030 download (Available in early August)
Using Dust as a 3D Printing Material
Among one of the many challenges of colonising Mars is that many of the natural resources we rely on for life on Earth are considerably lacking on Mars. We need to take as much of the essentials we need to survive, but a spaceship can only fit so much. So scientists are developing ways to utilise one of Mars’ most abundant resources, Dust.
On Mars, Lunar and Martian Dust can be used to 3D print tools, spare parts, even entire structures, habitats and vehicles, which is quite useful, given the fact that Mars doesn’t have hardware stores or anything of the sort. However, 3D printers don’t make things magically.
You’ve probably seen a regular consumer-friendly 3D printer at work melting and extruding lengths of plastic to build up a model. There isn’t any plastic on Mars, and packing kilometres of filament on a ship can take up space which can be used for transporting other essentials, such as water or oxygen. Which is why scientists at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering have created a way to turn materials from Mars, such as Lunar and Martian dust, into material for 3D Printing in space.