On March 11th, RedWorks founder and Team Lead, Keegan Kirkpatrick will be speaking at the 2017 New Space Age Conference, on the topic of Sustainable Expansion: Reaching Mars and Beyond. The panel will discuss the most cost-effective and technologically feasible ways to create a sustainable Earth-Mars supply chain an interplanetary economy.
Keegan will be joining the panel with NASA Swamp Works founder and Planetary Scientist Dr. Phil Metzger, Associate Director for NASA JSC Human Health and Performance Directorate Mark Jernigan, and Director of MIT's Man Vehicle Lab and Astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman .
The MIT New Space Age Conference, will discuss among other things: astropreneurship, space accelerators, the role of public organizations and policy makers, the development of a new generation of satellites, propulsion means, and space habitats. Conference agenda and tickets information can be found on the website: newspaceage.org.
You can watch the Beyond the Cradle: Envisioning a New Space Age livestream on the future of structures in space hosted by the MIT Media Lab at on March 12th.
RedWorks will be stepping back from the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge to focus on taking our technology to market. It was a privilege to be accepted into the Finals during the Design Challenge last year and competing against so many fine teams, and we wish those who go on to compete in the next phase, as well as those newcomers, the best of all good luck.
Now is the time for our team to bring out technology back to Earth as solutions to the challenges we face today. From affordable housing, to reducing the environmental impact of building, to making it easier to build in new markets, RedWorks will use Made for Mars technology to improve life on Earth.
Team Lead Keegan Kirkpatrick will be at the San Francisco Open Group talks on February 1, 2017 to talk about how more Companies are making the pivot to a "Terrestrial First" strategy, and the need for more cross-industry collaboration.
RedWorks is looking for students and recent graduates to join our team as we work to take on the next frontier. We don't just want engineers, we want tinkerers and visionaries who like to get their hands dirty; designers and artists who can visualize humanity's future on Mars; and if you're not sure where you could fit in on the team, but have an undying passion for space, talk to us about helping to spread the word.
Our team has spent the last year preparing for the next phase of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge and gearing up to take our Made for Mars technologies to market here on Earth. We need people who will help build the tools for new frontiers on Earth while we prepare for the new frontiers in space.
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LANCASTER, California, September 15, 2016
Statement of Support for Affordable Housing Visioneers
RedWorks was founded to solve the problem of permanent human habitation on Mars, and for the last year we’ve been working to develop the technologies we debuted during the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge to solve the habitation problems we face on Earth. There is a global Affordable Housing Crisis at the root of so many of the problems facing the world today, and at RedWorks we’re looking to face it with technologies Made For Mars.
The Affordable Housing Crisis largely stems from both the economic growth and the continued political instability in the developing world. At a time where humans are regularly relocating for new opportunities and from political upheaval, the current systems used to secure housing are no longer up to the task for a more mobile world. The tools for selecting sites, designing communities, financing their construction, zoning, building infrastructure, and then building the houses themselves were all created for a more “fixed” economy. These are systems and technologies created to providing housing for a world where individuals might move, but whole populations would not uproot themselves at a moment’s notice and relocate. This has led to the creation of massive refugee camps, political instability in refugee host countries, unsustainable slums surrounding urban centers in the developing world, and a generation without homeownership in the developed world. In short: we have a world with a lot of people in need of affordable homes, and no way to provide them. What is needed is a more nimble and cost-effective series of solutions for providing housing.
As the colonization of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids has the potential to be the largest mass-migration in history, many of the same challenges contributing to the Affordable Housing Crisis on Earth will be faced in space. At RedWorks, we’ve been developing those solutions to provide human habitation and infrastructure in space and on Earth. Solutions like RedWorks’ In-Situ Additive Construction (ISAC) technology, which would reduce the cost of building homes by reducing, build materials to just what is available on-site. Roads, homes, and utilities would be printed just from local sources of dirt, cutting overhead to the bone and reducing the time to set up a construction site by reducing the materials that have to be shipped to the build site. In addition, the life support systems designed to provide sustainable sources of air, food, water, and sanitation in space, would allow individual homes to provide some of these basic needs of their occupants, further reducing the strain on existing infrastructure, and reducing the lifetime carbon footprint of the home. Furthermore, the same parametric algorithm we use to generate habitat designs for Mars can be paired with traffic and weather pattern analytics to generate plans for ideal communities on Earth, automatically. Homes and infrastructure can be scaled and positioned to direct the flow of air currents for a kind of built-in, community-wide climate control system; or take advantage of local traffic patterns to design roads that reduce commute times and benefit the local economy. All of these technologies can converge together to see that the design, construction, and habitation of housing is less expensive, more nimble, and truly sustainable.
RedWorks is excited to have the opportunity to potentially compete in a prize along the Housing Prize Roadmap. Prizes like this helped spur innovations in Aviation, Spaceflight, and Healthcare to solve some of the greatest problems facing the world. We believe this prize is a way to begin to solve the Affordable Housing Crisis. It is our hope, that the Affordable Housing Visioneers team becomes the next XPRIZE, and we hope to continue the conversations about the Affordable Housing Roadmap with XPRIZE as we continue to develop solutions to the problems facing people on Earth with technology Made For Mars.
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On SEPTEMBER 21, 2016, RedWorks founder and Team Lead, Keegan Kirkpatrick will be speaking at Dent the Future's Dent:Space 2016 conference about how our team is laying the groundwork for people to settle Mars. The presentation will cover the driving forces behind going to Mars, the shortfalls of current habitat technology, and how RedWorks will make it possible for anyone to call Mars home.
RedWorks will be at the Space Frontiers Foundation 2016 New Space Conference in Seattle on the 22nd of June. Come and see how we will build the first settlements on Mars and low cost homes on Earth.
Hello Reddit, Ask Us Anything! The MIT New Space Age Conference Panelists will be answering all your questions about the future of manned spaceflight from today at 4PM EST to Sunday night. See you there!