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Foster + Partners takes design to the moon – and beyond

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Foster + Partners is to present its ’vision of life on Mars and the Moon’ at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

The practice will display a range of models, robotics and futuristic designs to explore the future of space.

It will use virtual reality to help visitors see inside a proposed habitation pod.

Foster + Partners Mars base for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Foster + Partners Mars base for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Source: Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners Mars base for Goodwood Festival of Speed

An example of a robotic architectural 3D-printing arm will be on show, creating plastic objects to demonstrate its skills.

Children will be able to play in an interactive sandpit filled with simulated Mars dust and remote-controlled caterpillar robots.

Foster + Partners imagines robots 3D-printing a structure on the moon

Foster + Partners imagines robots 3D-printing a structure on the moon

Source: Foster + Partners and ESA

Foster + Partners imagines robots 3D-printing a structure on the moon

Foster + Partners first unveiled plans for a multi-domed moon base in 2013 in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The scheme, which the ESA said showed one ’possible route to human settlement on the moon’, was constructed from 3D-printed lunar soil and featured a weight-bearing ‘catenary’ dome.

David Summerfield, head of studio at Foster + Partners, said: ‘We’re delighted that our design concepts for habitats on Mars and the Moon are taking centre stage at the Festival of Speed Future Lab. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to show how technology can enable us to create extra-terrestrial settlements.’

The Future Lab will be open to the public throughout the festival, which runs from 12 to 15 July.

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