SXSW 2020 - Living on Mars, beyond Surviving

Designing and delivering a human habitat for Mars using autonomous 3D printing.

NASA recently ran a design competition to challenge teams outside the aerospace industry to design a human habitat on Mars using autonomous 3D printing technologies. The goal was to advance construction technology to create sustainable interplanetary habitation. But it was also an opportunity for designers and engineers to push the thinking on human-centric design.

This panel brings together NASA engineers and technologists, the commander of an Antarctic Base and Hassell’s Head of Design Technology and Innovation. They will discuss how to create interplanetary habitats where people can not only survive, but thrive.


Austin, Texas


Xavier De Kestelier, Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Hassell
A. Scott Howe, Senior Systems Engineer Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Rob Mueller, Senior Technologist Advanced Projects Development, NASA

Designing for space exploration has been typically very functional. It focused on achieving maximum performance and maximum efficiency for technology and machines – but not for people.”

Xavier de Kestelier Hassell Head of Design Technology and Innovation

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