Swarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars

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Period20 May 2021 → 13 May 2022

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  • TitleVerblüffende Aufnahmen vom Mars: Ein altägyptisches Grab auf dem Roten Planeten? (Video)
    Media name/outletPravda-tv
    Media typeWeb
    Date13/05/22
    URLhttps://www.pravda-tv.com/2022/05/verblueffende-aufnahmen-vom-mars-ein-altaegyptisches-grab-auf-dem-roten-planeten-video/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleRobotic production of underground habitats on Mars
    Media name/outletSpace Settlement Progress
    Media typeWeb
    Date10/01/22
    DescriptionA team of researchers at Technical University Delft (TUD) in the Netherlands led by Henriette Bier published a paper last year describing a method for robotically excavating and building structures in cavities below the surface of Mars to provide living spaces for colonists that would be both protected from radiation and thermally insulated from extreme cold. The process would be initiated by autonomous digging rovers hogging out tunnels in a spiral pattern and utilizing the excavated regolith to create concrete for the next step. Using a process developed by TUD called Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) the concrete would be extruded by a 3D printer to reinforce the tunnel walls. Called “Scalable Porosity” TUD has pioneered this process for Earth based architectural applications.
    URLhttps://spacesettlementprogress.com/robotic-production-of-underground-habitats-on-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTUDelft und Vertico entwickeln 3D-gedruckte unterirdische Lebensräume
    Media name/outletFacFox 3D-Druckservice
    Media typeWeb
    Date13/09/21
    DescriptionDie Technische Universität Delft (TU Delft) und die Europäische Weltraumorganisation (ESA) haben pKunstmit Vertico zusammen, um seine Spitzentechnologie zu nutzen, um zukünftige unterirdische Lebensräume auf dem Mars zu drucken. Die unterirdischen Strukturen sind pKunsteines Projekts, das von Associate Professor und Leiterin des Robotic Building Henriette Bier an der TU Delft geleitet und von der ESA finanziert wird.

    URLm.insta3dp.com/news/tudelft-and-vertico-develop-3d-printed-undergr-49272913.html
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTUdelft e Vertico sviluppano habitat sotterranei stampati in 3D
    Media name/outletReplicatore
    Media typeWeb
    Date22/06/21
    DescriptionLa Technical University Delft (TU Delft) e l’ Agenzia spaziale europea (ESA) hanno collaborato con Vertico per utilizzare la sua tecnologia all’avanguardia per stampare i futuri habitat sotterranei su Marte. Le strutture sotterranee fanno parte di un progetto guidato dal Professore Associato e Leader di Robotic Building Henriette Bier presso la TU Delft e finanziato dall’ESA.

    Producer/AuthorFederico Sher
    URLhttps://www.replicatore.it/tudelft-e-vertico-sviluppano-habitat-sotterranei-stampati-in-3d/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleZebro Robots to Use 3D Printing to Help Colonize Mars
    Media name/outlet3Dnatives
    Media typeWeb
    Date21/06/21
    DescriptionAccording to some experts, this colonization of the red planet by humans is only a matter of time anyway. Henriette Bier, founder and current head of the Robotic Building Laboratory, states that it is particularly important to use resources that are already available on Mars. For the additive manufacturing of the support structures, the Zebro robots will therefore work with cement obtained from local dust and rock. The project team will receive a grant from the European Space Agency (ESA) for the further development of the project. In addition to this project, similar nano rovers from TU Delft, the Lunar Zebro, will be sent on a mission to the moon as early as 2022.
    Producer/AuthorMadeleine P.
    URLhttps://www.3dnatives.com/en/zebro-robots-to-use-3d-printing-to-colonize-mars-210620215/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleZebro Roboter der TU Delft sollen mit dem 3D-Druck die Besiedelung des Mars ermöglichen
    Media name/outlet3D-Druck News
    Media typeWeb
    Date15/06/21
    DescriptionLaut so manchem Experten ist diese Besiedelung des roten Planeten durch den Mensch sowieso nur noch eine Frage der Zeit. Henriette Bier, Gründerin und derzeitige Leiterin des Robotic Building Labors gibt dazu an, dass es vor allem wichtig sei, Ressourcen zu verwenden, welche am Mars bereits vorhanden sind. Die Zebro Roboter sollen für die additive Fertigung der Stützstrukturen deshalb mit Zement, gewonnen aus lokalem Staub und Gestein, arbeiten. Für die weitere Entwicklung des Vorhabens erhält das Projektteam einen Zuschuss der European Space Agency (ESA). Neben diesem Projekt, sollen ähnliche Nano Rover der TU Delft, die Lunar Zebro, bereits im Jahr 2022 auf eine Mission zum Mond gesandt werden.
    Producer/AuthorRegina P.
    URLhttps://www.3dnatives.com/de/zebro-roboter-mars-besiedelung-150620211/#!
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleHangyavárszerű építményekben lakhatunk a Marson
    Media name/outletOkosipar.hu
    Media typeWeb
    Date14/06/21
    DescriptionAz Európai Űrügynökség (ESA) a közelmúltban támogatást ítélt meg a holland Delfti Műszaki Egyetem robotikai laboratóriumának, hogy tanulmányozzák a robotok földön kívüli építési mechanizmusát. Henriette Bier, a laboratórium alapítója és jelenlegi vezetője közzétett néhány előzetes részletet a csapat koncepciójáról. Az elképzelés szerint Zebro robotokkal végeznék a vörös bolygón az ásási folyamatot, majd 3D nyomtatási technológiával erősítenék meg a falakat.
    URLhttps://www.okosipar.hu/hangyavarszeru-epitmenyekben-lakhatunk-a-marson/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleDes « essaims de robots » pourraient construire des abris sous terre sur Mars
    Media name/outletLes Actualités
    Media typeWeb
    Date9/06/21
    DescriptionL’Agence spatiale européenne a récemment accordé une subvention à une équipe d’ingénieurs du laboratoire de construction robotique de l’Université de technologie de Delft aux Pays-Bas, pour étudier comment des essaims de robots pourraient construire de telles structures. Ce mois-ci, la fondatrice et actuelle dirigeante du laboratoire, l’ingénieur Henriette Bier, a publié quelques détails préliminaires sur le concept de son équipe, qui utiliserait des robots Zebro pour creuser des réseaux de logements souterrains sur la planète rouge, fortifiés avec du béton martien imprimé en 3D.
    URLhttps://lesactualites.news/technologie-et-science/des-essaims-de-robots-pourraient-construire-des-abris-sous-terre-sur-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTU Delft sviluppa ZEBRO robot di stampa 3D autonomo per habitat sotterranei su Marte
    Media name/outletStampare in 3D
    Media typeWeb
    Date7/06/21
    DescriptionLa NASA vuole Marte e ha già in alcuni progetti la conversione dell’anidride carbonica in ossigeno , l’ uso di materiali di Marte e la produzione di alloggi su Marte esaminati utilizzando tecnologie di stampa 3D. Ora, in un articolo sulla rivista Popular Science , si è appreso che un team del Robotic Building Lab presso l’Università tecnica di Delft ha ricevuto una sovvenzione dall’Agenzia spaziale europea (ESA) per costruire alloggi sotterranei con robot cooperativi autonomi.
    URLhttps://stamparein3d.it/tu-delft-sviluppa-zebro-robot-di-stampa-3d-autonomo-per-habitat-sotterranei-su-marte/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • Title„Roboterschwärme“ könnten Marsunterkünfte unter der Erde bauen
    Media name/outletGermanic news
    Media typeWeb
    Date7/06/21
    DescriptionDie Europäische Weltraumorganisation hat kürzlich einem Team von Ingenieuren des Robotic Building Lab der Technischen Universität Delft in den Niederlanden einen Zuschuss gewährt, um zu untersuchen, wie Roboterschwärme solche Strukturen bauen können. Diesen Monat veröffentlichte die Gründerin und derzeitige Leiterin des Labors, Ingenieurin Henriette Bier, einige vorläufige Details des Konzepts ihres Teams, das Zebro-Roboter verwenden würde, um unterirdische Wohnnetzwerke auf dem roten Planeten auszugraben, die mit marsianischem 3D-gedrucktem Beton befestigt sind.
    URLhttps://germanic.news/roboterschwarme-konnten-marsunterkunfte-unter-der-erde-bauen/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTU Delft entwickelt autonome 3D-Druck-Roboter für unterirdische Lebensräume auf dem Mars
    Media name/outlet3D-grenzenlos Magazin
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date6/06/21
    DescriptionDie NASA will auf den Mars und hat in einigen Projekten bereits die Umwandlung von Kohlendioxid zu Sauerstoff, die Nutzung von Materialien des Mars und die Herstellung von Wohnräumen auf dem Mars mit Hilfe von 3D-Drucktechnologien untersucht. Nun wurde in einem Artikel des Magazins Popular Science bekannt, das ein Team des Robotic Building Lab der Technischen Universität Delft einen Zuschuss der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA erhalten hat, um den Bau unterirdischer Wohnmöglichkeiten mit autonomen kooperativen Robotern zu realisieren.
    URLhttps://www.3d-grenzenlos.de/magazin/zukunft-visionen/zebro-roboter-bauen-unterirdische-gebaeude-auf-mars-27716073/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTU Delft en Vertico willen woningen 3D printen op Mars
    Media name/outlet3D Print Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    Date5/06/21
    DescriptionHet ESA-project wordt geleid door associate professor Henriëtte Bier, die in Delft het Robotic Building Lab leidt. Zij verwacht eveneens dat de on-/off Eartch tenologieoverdracht een revolutie in de bouwindustrie teweeg gaat brengen. Dat komt met name doordat de technologie van de TU Delft de robotprinters eigenlijk zonder hogere kosten de organische vormen laat printen. Hierdoor kunnen materialen efficiënter worden benut. De TU Delft gaat de ontwerpen voor de ondergrondse Marswoningen ontwikkelen en modelleren. De woningen komen onder de grond om ze beter te beschermen tegen straling. Het is de bedoeling het materiaal dat wordt uitgegraven te mengen met cement. Vertico gaat met dit materiaal met de eigen robots de organische vormen printen. Voor het 3D printen van bouwwerken op aarde heeft Vertico een eigen betonmix ontwikkeld en eigen robottechnologie.
    URLhttps://3dprintmagazine.eu/tu-delft-en-vertico-willen-woningen-3d-printen-op-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • Title‘Robot swarms’ could one day build underground shelters for humans on Mars
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPopular Science
    Media typeWeb
    Date4/06/21
    DescriptionThe European Space Agency recently awarded a grant to a team of engineers at the Robotic Building lab at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, to study how robot swarms could build such structures. This month, the founder and current leader of the lab, engineer Henriette Bier, posted some preliminary details of her team’s concept, which would use Zebro robots to excavate underground housing networks on the red planet, fortified with Martian, 3D-printed concrete.
    Producer/AuthorLeto Sapunar
    URLhttps://www.popsci.com/space/robots-build-human-settlements-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • Title'Robotzwermen' zouden ondergrondse schuilplaatsen voor Mars kunnen bouwen | Populaire wetenschap
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPublic News
    Media typeWeb
    Date4/06/21
    DescriptionDe European Space Agency heeft onlangs een subsidie ​​toegekend aan een team van ingenieurs op het Robotic Building-lab van de Technische Universiteit Delft in Nederland, om te onderzoeken hoe robotzwermen dergelijke constructies kunnen bouwen. Deze maand plaatste de oprichter en huidige chef van het lab, ingenieur Henriette Bier, enkele voorlopige bijzonderheden van het idee van haar bemanning, die Zebro-robots zouden kunnen gebruiken om ondergrondse huizennetwerken op de roze planeet op te graven, versterkt met 3D-geprint Marsbeton.
    URLhttps://publicnews.in/science/robot-swarms-could-build-mars-shelters-underground-popular-science/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleTUDelft and Vertico develop 3D printed habitats for Mars
    Media name/outlet3D Printing Media Network
    Media typeWeb
    Date3/06/21
    DescriptionThe Technical University Delft (TU Delft) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have partnered with Vertico to use its cutting-edge technology to print future underground habitats on Mars. The subsurface structures are part of a project led by Associate Professor and Leader of Robotic Building Henriette Bier at the TU Delft and funded by the ESA.
    Producer/AuthorFederico Sher
    URLhttps://www.3dprintingmedia.network/tudelft-and-vertico-develop-3d-printed-underground-habitats-on-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • Title‘Robot swarms’ could build Mars shelters underground | Popular Science
    Media name/outletNews Opener
    Media typeWeb
    Date2/06/21
    DescriptionThe European Space Agency recently awarded a grant to a team of engineers at the Robotic Building lab at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, to study how robot swarms could build such structures. This month, the founder and current leader of the lab, engineer Henriette Bier, posted some preliminary details of her team’s concept, which would use Zebro robots to excavate underground housing networks on the red planet, fortified with Martian, 3D-printed concrete.
    URLhttps://newsopener.com/science/robot-swarms-could-build-mars-shelters-underground-popular-science/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarming Robots & 3D Printed Habitats Will Play A Key Role In An Underground City On Mars (Engineering)
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUncover reality: Eternal in Knowledge, Eternal in Contents..
    Media typeWeb
    Date28/05/21
    DescriptionA team of researchers at the Delft University of Technology (TUD) is working on a method, which will use swarming robots, in order to excavate material and 3D printing, for producing underground habitats.

    “We developed this idea for the competition Open Space Innovation Campaign ‘Off-Earth Manufacturing and Construction’, which was put forth by European Space Agency and also tested it, in a case study, which involve the development of a 1m x 1m scale prototype as a proof of concept for habitat envelope components that facilitate cultivation of plants.” — told Dr. Henriette Bier, Associate Professor of Robotic Building, TU Delft and lead author of the study.
    URLhttps://theuncoverreality.in/2021/05/28/swarming-robots-3d-printed-habitats-will-play-a-key-role-in-an-underground-city-on-mars-engineering/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleHumans could someday be living underground on Mars, which is the best SPF of all
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSYFY WIRE
    Media typeWeb
    Date28/05/21
    DescriptionFuture Mars-tronauts may not have to worry about being exposed to Martian hazards even when they sleep. The solution could be right beneath their boots. Led by Henriette Bier, a research team at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has now received ESA funding to develop a preliminary proof of concept for a system of underground habitats that can be built and 3D-printed by a swarm of autonomous robots.
    URLhttps://www.syfy.com/syfywire/humans-could-be-living-underground-on-mars
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPhys.org
    Media typeWeb
    Date21/05/21
    DescriptionThe 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.
    Producer/AuthorAndy Tomaswick
    URLhttps://phys.org/news/2021-05-swarms-robots-underground-cities-mars.html
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCopernical.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date21/05/21
    DescriptionUnderground 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.

    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.
    Producer/AuthorCopernical Team
    URLhttps://www.copernical.com/news-public/item/24156-2021-05-21-17-55-37
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletImpact.lab: A Laboratory of the Future Human Experience
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date21/05/21
    DescriptionUnderground 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.

    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.
    Producer/AuthorAndy Tomaswick
    URLhttps://www.impactlab.com/2021/05/27/swarms-of-robots-could-dig-underground-cities-on-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarms of robots might dig underground cities on Mars
    Media name/outletFBEN
    Media typeWeb
    Date21/05/21
    DescriptionThe idea comes from a grant opportunity published by the European Space Agency. The students of the Robotic Building Lab (RB) of the TU Delft under the direction of Dr. Henriette Bier were thrilled to take part in the challenge, which focuses on in-situ resource use for off-earth construction. The RB team, together with experts from the fields of materials science, robotics and aerospace technology, submitted an idea that was endowed with 100,000 euros in order to develop a preliminary proof of concept.
    URLfben.com/swarms-of-robots-might-dig-underground-cities-on-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleSwarms of robots could dig underground cities on Mars
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUniverse today : Space and astronomy news
    Media typeWeb
    Date20/05/21
    DescriptionUnderground 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.

    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.
    Producer/AuthorAndy Tomaswick
    URLhttps://www.universetoday.com/151244/swarms-of-robots-could-dig-underground-cities-on-mars/
    PersonsH.H. Bier
  • TitleVisual story Swarms of Robots Could Dig Underground Cities on Mars
    Media name/outletPhys.org - Visual stories
    Media typeWeb
    Date20/05/21
    URLhttps://phys.org/visualstories/2021-05-swarms-robots-underground-cities-mars.amp
    PersonsH.H. Bier

Keywords

  • Mars
  • Robots