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lockheed martin unveils lunar lander concept to fly humans to the moon

kieron marchese NASA‘s longtime space contractor lockheed martin has debuted a moon lander concept that could put humans on the moon’s surface by 2024. four years earlier than first planned, the colorado-based company has a plan that would tap key projects already in the works by...
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Drawing by Christo / Photo by André Grossmann L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle

This Week in Tech: Christo unveils his next project, AutoCAD gets an update…

Amazon identifies its NoVa headquarters, and more. By Wanda Lau Autodesk AutoCAD, the workhorse drafting software on which designers worldwide rely, has been updated. Changes in the forthcoming AutoCAD 2020 include enhancements to the existing Purge and DWG Compare tools, quicker...
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NASA names winners of 3D-printed space habitats for use on the moon, mars and beyond

kieron marchese NASA has named the top three teams in the complete virtual construction phase of its 3D-printed habitat competition. the latest round saw teams create detailed virtual models of shelters designed specifically for life on mars, with the winners each claiming a...
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inside crew dragon, spaceX’s commercial spacecraft designed to carry humans to outer space

after making history in 2012 as the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the international space station, spaceX has finalized the necessary refinements for the crew dragon to now carry humans to the station and other destinations in outer space. the next-generation...
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AI SpaceFactory's habitat is built from a material composed of a mixture of basalt fibre extracted from Martian rock, and renewable bioplastic derived from plants

NASA announces winning designs of 3D-printed habitat for Mars

NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed Habitat competition, which include a community of modular pods. Natashah Hitti NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed Habitat competition, which include a...
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This Week in Tech: NASA Releases Two Decades of Data about the Earth

Plus, former Autodesk executives join forces to launch an autonomous manufacturing startup, the Van Alen Institute establishes Climate Council, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi When launched in 1999 and 2002, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites were...
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NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers. The drawings by artist Rick Guidice mix familiar designs with futuristic imagery. (Courtesy NASA Ames Research Center)

NASA’s bold space habitats inspired a generation of designers

By Fred Scharmen In the 1970s, artists and scientists imagined the space habitats of the future. These ideas have since remained embedded in the popular imagination. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book, Space Settlements, about the architectural, historical, social, and...
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Autodesk releases Revit 2018

This Week in Tech: NASA 4D Prints a Metal Fabric and Autodesk releases Revit 2018 | Architect Magazine

Plus, automation in the manufacturing industry creates new jobs, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu NASA has create both the geometry and function of a metal fabric through additive manufacturing, or what it calls “4D printing.” The...
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How NASA Accidentally Found a Way to Make Buildings Safer During Earthquakes – CityLab

A new device can counteract the frequency at which a building vibrates. Margo Pierce NASA technologists are typically focused on making it safe for humans to explore outer space. Now the space agency says it’s found a way to make earthquakes safer for people on the ground. NASA...
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