ICON, BIG and SEArch+ reveal ‘Project Olympus’ funded by NASA to design off-world construction system for the moon

Building humanity’s first home on another world

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ICON, developer of advanced construction technologies including robotics, software, and building materials, today announced it has been awarded a government Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract including funding from NASA to begin research and development of a space-based construction system that could support future exploration of the Moon. ICON will also dedicate a division of the company to focus on space.

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ICON联合创始人兼CEO Jason Ballard表示:“打造人类在地球之外的第一座家园,这将是人类历史上最具雄心的建造项目,同时它也将使科学、工程、技术和建筑学走向一个真正意义上的新高度。NASA对于类似的太空时代技术项目的资助不仅将推进人类在太空中的未来,还能够解决我们在地球上面临的现实且令人担忧的问题。我们非常荣幸能够开启‘奥林匹斯项目’和‘奥林匹斯建筑系统’的研究和开发。”

“Building humanity’s first home on another world will be the most ambitious construction project in human history and will push science, engineering, technology, and architecture to literal new heights,” said Jason Ballard, Co-founder and CEO of ICON. “NASA’s investment in space-age technologies like this can not only help to advance humanity’s future in space, but also to solve very real, vexing problems we face on Earth. We are honored to begin our research and development on ICON’s “Project Olympus” and the “Olympus Construction System.”

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为了实现这一大胆而充满雄心的项目,ICON目前已与两家屡获殊荣的建筑事务所建立了合作伙伴关系,包括在全球创造地标建筑的BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group和以太空探索设计而闻名的SEArch+(Space Exploration Architecture)。SEArch+已与NASA的约翰逊宇航中心人居部、兰利研究中心、埃姆斯研究中心等多家领先的航空航天企业有着长达十多年的合作关系;BIG在过去的几年间也已多次为月球和火星打造概念。

BIG创始人和创意总监Bjarke Ingels Group表示:“我会用formgiving一词来解释建筑所包含的力量。在丹麦语中,设计的字面意思是为尚未拥有形式的事物赋予形式。当我们大胆探索地球以外的世界,开始构思如何在全新的世界里建造和生活的时候,这种力量就会变得格外清晰。我们正与ICON协力开拓新的疆域——包括材料、技术和环境方面。那些我们在地球上面临的挑战,很有可能会在月球上找到答案。”

ICON has engaged two award-winning architecture firms as partners for the audacious project: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, renowned for their iconic international architecture and SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture), a company recognized on a global scale for their innovative ‘human-centered’ designs for space exploration. SEArch+ has over a decade-long association with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Human Habitability Division, Langley Research Center, Ames Research Center and leading aerospace corporations, and BIG has worked on multiple concepts for the Moon and Mars in the past several years.

“To explain the power of architecture, “formgiving” is the Danish word for design, which literally means to give form to that which has not yet been given form. This becomes fundamentally clear when we venture beyond Earth and begin to imagine how we are going to build and live on entirely new worlds,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. “With ICON we are pioneering new frontiers – both materially, technologically and environmentally. The answers to our challenges on Earth very well might be found on the Moon.”


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“Ensuring the safety of astronauts is primary to our work at SEArch+. As architects and designers, we strive to create aspirational spaces that enrich and celebrate human life. We are thrilled to support “Project Olympus” and come one step closer towards becoming an interplanetary species. 3D printing with indigenous materials is a sustainable and versatile solution to off-world construction that will prove to be vital to our future here on Earth and in Outer Space,” said SEArch+ Co-founders.

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