Mars Habitat

Spring/Summer 2016

Currently In Progress

Exploration and development of potential folding geometry for the skin of a closed-loop Martian biome intended to support plant life on the surface of Mars.

The entirety of the Mars habitat is designed by a multidisciplanary group of students as part of the CMU Mars Studios.

Spring 2016

Deployable skin structure
for a Martian Biome

This page summarizes my exploration process in designing a deployable folding geometry to allow a tapered cylinder to vertically collapse for transport.

This is part of an interdisciplinary course which received funding and support from NASA. I worked with engineers, physicists, architects, artists, and designers to design a unmanned Martian Biome to support plant life on the surface of Mars.

A summary and video of the course can be found in this news article.


Accordion and V Folds

Rotational Deployment 

Grid-Based Patterns

Cylinder Construction

Tapered Cylinder

Final Design