Information Brochure for Project MOONWALK: a step further into the future of human space exploration
MOONWALK develops innovative technologies for cooperative human-robot space exploration (robot-assisted EVA). It develops European Earth analogue infrastructure to validate these technologies under simulated extra-terrestrial planetary conditions (low gravity, extreme environmental conditions). Astronauts equipped with an EVA suit and special tools for EVA activities (e.g. exobiology sampling) are supported by a small assistant-robot (rover). The project develops an innovative user-friendly Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) for efficient robot control under restricted conditions (movement restriction through EVA suit, low visibility, etc.). The HMI comprises a system of gesture control and a data interface integrated into the EVA suit. To simulate the low-gravity conditions a robot-astronaut team would encounter on planetary exploration missions to Moon, Mars or asteroids, MOONWALK used underwater test facilities in Marseilles. To simulate extreme environmental conditions (heat, dust) and specific exo-biological conditions to be found on Mars, the project was tested at the Rio Tinto test site.
The project brochure provides information on the project covering its development, testing phase, conclusions and information about the project partners.
MOONWALK was a three-year project conducted between 2013 – 2016 and was funded by the European Union’s – Framework Programme 7 in the frame of Space.
Information Brochure for Project SHEE: Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments
The goal of the SHEE project was to develop a planetary habitat test-bed for terrestrial analogue simulations. SHEE provides significant background for future developments in the evolution of extra-terrestrial habitable structures. To integrate human labour into construction on the lunar or Martian surface is very risky, complex and costly. To restrict human involvement, it is imperative to plan for construction methods which are autonomous. Self-deployable, autonomous habitats are especially important in extreme environments that lack infrastructure and heavy machinery. It is more cost effective and safer to design habitats that construct themselves. SHEE provides a feasible solution for near term human space exploration of this nature.
The project brochure provides information on the main objective of SHEE – the design, development and fabrication of a self-deployable, autonomous habitat that effectively integrates architecture and robotics for space applications. The results of the SHEE project are applicable to both space and terrestrial conditions.
SHEE was a three-year project (2013 – 2015), developed by seven partners. It was funded by the European Union’s – Framework Programme 7 in the frame of Space.
BUILT TO GROW – Blending architecture and biology
Editors: Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber Series: Edition Angewandte publishers by Birkhäuser November 2015, ISBN 978-3-0356-0920-2
The book explores different pathways of experimenting with biology and architecture in the new field of Living Architecture. It takes architectural visions of a self-growing house and looks at growth patterns and dynamics from nature to apply them to the architectural visions. The book presents ideas, approaches and concepts for grown structures developed by an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, art, biology, robotics and mechatronics. The core part of the book establishes the relevance of this 2.5-year artistic research work. This includes hands-on experiments in a Biolab with biological role models such as the pathfinding slime mould, mycelium structures and metabolic systems around a novel 3D mobile printer. Excerpts from a conversation among different experts about agency, emergence and resilience and a discussion about the immanent values and ethical aspects of this research are reflected to contextualize the work within our world of change.
WHAT IS THE ARCHITECT DOING IN THE JUNGLE?. BIORNAMETICS Architecture defined by natural patterns. Editors: Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber Series: Edition Angewandte published by Springer January 2013, ISBN 978-3-7091-1528-2
Human Space Mission Simulators, Chapter in the Book: Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture, Editors: B. Sherwood, A S. Howe; Library of Flight Series, Published by AIAA, © 2009, ISBN-10: 1-56347-982-6,
Transcripts Of An Architectural Journey – Musings towards a new genre in [space] architecture, Editors & Authors: Barbara Imhof, Susmita Mohanty, Book project funded by the Austrian Chancellery of Art, Vienna, 2004