Our waste for the space exploration? Rather than send its computing waste to the poor countries, why the West would not send them on Mars? But one sends in the form of autonomous machines ! Our project wants to realize this utopia. The W.AFATE, an african 3D-printer completely built in e-waste, as pioneer of this new era of the ecology and the virtuous spatial conquest.
_From recycling to Self Assembly. 4D Printing aspect. The W.AFATE for make and print tools and machines which shall print and will make up to a new living environment over March. For a series of machines carrying this spatial great adventure witch will allow to make other active machines allowing to create all the equipment and the living environment in anticipation of a possible colonization of this planet. Create objects that can change after they are printed, making them self... Instead of building something, create materials that build themselves... Machines that produce themselves with minimum energy consumption and without a computer to order... only the environment.
Problems which our solution resolves:
_ On earth, avoid the pollution
_ Impact on the costs of the conquest of space
Questions we need to answer : Energy. What energy are we going to use ? Furniture. With what present materials on Mars are we going to print ? Autonomy. How are we going to command these machines ?
Printed objects, a module of space station. One of the 50 challenges ("3D Printing Contest") is to imagine an open hardware design for the European Space Agencyhat can be generated by a 3D printer. We develop a range of printed items that can be put at the service of the space adventure. Among them, an architecture and a living environnement for Mars are in study.
An example of Mass and International collaobaration. WAFATE to MARS is primarily an international collaboration between Africa and Europe as part of Space Apps Challenge 2013. In La Cantine/Paris Sénamé and Julien met. They mobilized the team WoeLab in Togo and worked in duplex with them to develop the project.