Architecture and Viterbi join forces to win $100,000 NASA grant

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Architecture and Viterbi join forces to win $100,000 NASA grant

September 27, 2012

USC professors have won a highly prestigious NASA research award to develop new robotic construction technologies for building structures on the Moon and Mars. 


Professors Behrokh Khoshnevis (Industrial Engineering), Anders Carlson (Architecture), Neil Leach (Architecture) and Madhu Thangavelu (Astronautics) have been awarded a Phase 1 $100,000 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) research award for a project titled, "Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure."

Only 30 teams out of 700 applications with various space exploration ideas were given this award.


The best of these projects will be selected for further development with a two-year Phase 2 grant. Architectural and structural issues related to designing moon infrastructure for future development using Khoshnevis’s unique contour crafting robotic deposition of moon-made regolith concrete will be studied by the team.


Here is a description of the project:


Photo from left, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Viterbi School of Engineering; Anders Carlson, Architecture; Madhu Thangavelu, Astronautics and Space Technology; and Neil Leach, Architecture.