NASA Launches Contest for Inflatable Space Houses

NASA has launched a summer contest for students to design the best inflatable loft for life in space or on another world. A cash reward and a field test of the winning design are up for grabs.
Three awards of up to $48,000 each will be granted to the university student teams that produce the best loft-like inflatable space habitats that can be attached to a hard-shell NASA structure. The winner of a head-to-head competition of the modules’ performance in the Arizona desert will earn another $10,000, NASA officials said in an announcement. The X-Hab contest, short for “eXploration Habitat,” follows in the tradition of NASA’s Lunabotics program and the space-related X Prize awards offered by the non-profit X Prize Foundation to spur interest in aerospace fields.