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Tuesday 17:30 – 18:00

SPACE SPECIALS is a unique European radio broadcast on Radio Orange focused around the subject of space. More specifically, the SPACE SPECIALS explore a wide range of space-exploration topics including design, architecture and biomimetics. The forum considers a multitude of perspectives and ideas stemming from the fields of engineering, art, architecture, design, space science, commercial spaceflight, psychology, psychiatry and human factors. Sometimes associated topics of terrestrial architecture, code controlled production and cutting edge technology are presented by selected interviewees.

From time to time, the hosts will also talk to entrepreneurs from the NewSpace genre that is emerging worldwide. These new-gen entrepreneurs are taking space mainstream with bold new business models, modular technology, fast-to-market products and services, making it possible for these endeavors to fueled by private money rather than government funds.

This series was launched in 2001 and in 2007 it was awarded a special research grant by the The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

SPACE SPECIALS is produced by Barbara Imhof and Susmita Mohanty.

Listen to selection of recorded ‘SPACE SPECIALS’ at the: Cultural Broadcasting Archive >
Visit SPACE SPECIALS at www.o94.at >


April 2017

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;18.04.2017 17:30-18:00
Mobilis In Mobile
Interview with Nadim Samman, co-curator of the first Antarctic Biennale. Nadim is one of the most interesting and uprising stars in the international art curating scene. This broadcast is the first of 12 to follow to report from Antarctica and the first Antarctic Biennale expedition in March 2017.


March 2017

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;21.03.2017 17:30-18:00
MISSION STARDUST – Talk to me I am space viking
Barbara Imhof interviews Nelly Ben Hayoun, the award-winning director and designer of experiences. Nelly is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur.


January 2017

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;17.01.2017 17:30-18:00
Weltraumanzüge zum Trainieren auf der Erde
Barbara Imhof interviews Dr. Gernot Grömer und Dr. Peter Weiss on building simulation space suits for future exploration missions to the moon and Mars.


September 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;20.09.2016 17:30-18:00
Bending Horizons
Interview with Dr.
Sarah Jane Pell, independent artist commercial diver, explorer and researcher.


August 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;16.08.2016 17:30-18:00
Built To Grow – Blending Architecture and Biology
Interview with Petra Gruber, Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center, University of Akron, Ohio, USA. The broadcast is about
growing as building, biomimetics and the transfer of biological role models transferred to architectural applications.


July 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;19.07.2016 17:30-18:00
SIMULATIONS: space exploration preparations on earth
Interview with Diego Urbina who was one of the simulation astronauts in the Mars 500 study about his experience working in simulations and being a simulation astronaut.

May 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;17.05.2016 17:30-18:00
Architekten bauen keine Häuser, Architekten machen Zeichnungen von Häusern
quote by Robin Evans
Interview with Nicole Stöcklmayer, senior researcher from the Institute of Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), Lueneburg, Germany

April 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;19.04.2016 17:30-18:00
Space entrepeneurs – India (part 3)
Susmita Mohanty interviews Neha Satak, a space entrepreneur and co-founder of Astrome Technologies which is a young space company in Bangalore, India.


January 2016

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;19.01.2016 17:30-18:00
If I give you a ticket to space, where would you go and why?
Interviews with space aficionados around the world


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;17.11.2015 17:30-18:00
Mars expeditions on Earth (original interview in German; Marsexpeditionen auf der Erde)

Dr. Barbara Imhof interviews Gernot Grömer, head of the Austrian Space Forum and colleague Norbert Frischauf. 

In August 2015, the Austrian Space Forum has carried our jointly with international partners AMADEE – 15; a two-week Mars simulation on ice and rock glaciers in Kaunertal, Austria. It was supported by a Mission Support Center in Innsbruck. 

The Austrian Space Forum ÖWF is a network for aerospace specialists and space enthusiasts and collaborates with national and international research institutions, industry and politics. The ÖWF conducts interdisciplinary research in collaboration with international partners in exploration strategies for future manned Mars expeditions.

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Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;15.09.2015 17:30-18:00
3D contour crafted habitation on earth and in space

Dr. Barbara Imhof, space architect, interviews Behrokh Khoshnevis in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He pioneered Contour Crafting (CC), a layered fabrication technology in the field of 3D printing and talks about applications on earth, on the Moon and on Mars.

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Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0;18.08.2015 17:30-18:00
India’s NewSpace Entrepreneurs Series: Interview with Prateep Basu

Dr. Susmita Mohanty, serial space entrepreneur, interviews Prateep Basu in Bangalore. Mr. Prateep Basu is an alumnus of the International Space University, Strasbourg, and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, two unique institutions dedicated to space education.

JULY 2015

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.07.2015 17:30-18:00
India’s NewSpace Entrepreneurs Series: Interview with Govind Rajan

Susmita Mohanty, serial space entrepreneur, interviews Govind Rajan in Bangalore. Govind Rajan (Govind) is a satellite industry veteran. He was Executive Director at Loral Orion and Loral Skynet from 1997-2006 where he headed sales and marketing for South Asia, Central Asia, and East Africa. Govind is a co-founder and President at ANIARA, a technology services company providing satellite-based solutions. Aniara has initiated its own small GEO satellite program, called “NexStar” utilizing a new-gen platform called “ATOM” developed jointly by Dauria Aerospace and Aniara.

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APRIL 2015

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.04.2015 17:30-18:00
If I give you a ticket to space, where would you go and why?

Answers from Sue Fairburn, Calgari, Canada, Olga Banova, Moscow, Russia and Houston, Texas; Susmita Mohanty, Bangalore, India, Julian Vincent, Bath, England, Satwik Mudgal and Swati Singh Sambyal, Delhi, India

MARCH 2015

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 17.03.2015 17:30-18:00 Designing from the unfamiliar

Interview with Design Educator and Researcher Sue Fairburn. who works between the boundaries of the body and the environment.

Reflections on the possibility that experience gained designing for Space and Extreme Environments could enrich design development thinking through unfamiliar scenarios to generate spin-off and spin-in.



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 20.01.2015 17:30-18:00
What architects can learn from termites

Technology is an evolutionary stage of humanity. Technology can be like nature.

An interview with the British engineer Rupert Soar

Rupert Soar speaks about “what architects can learn from termites” and how we can use additive manufacturing to interact with termites. Together with the MIT Robotic Lab, Rupert Soar is currently working on a project which utilizes an autonomous printer, programming software and termites in order to produce columns and floors. The team believes that they can interact with termites through common algorithms involved.



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.10.2014 17:30-18:00
Interview with Professor Olga Banova, University of Houston, USA

Lange Beschreibung interviews Prof. Olga Bannova of the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture about space architecture education. Olga teaches the Master of Science in Space Architecture at the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.




Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 16.09.2014 17:30-18:00
Code Control Design and Production (CCDPro)                      Architecture in the age of new computer software, interfaces, and manufacturing methods

Barbara Imhof talks with Matias del Campo (of SPAN del Campo Manninger Architects Vienna-Detroit-Shanghai and professor at Taubman College, University of Michigan, US); Nicole Stöcklmayr (from the Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures in Computer Simulation at Leuphana University in Lüneburg ); and Andrea Graser (from Studio Kolar, in Vienna)


JULY 2014

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 15.07.2014 17:30-18:00
Space Specials Music

Special selection of space music


JUNE 2014

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 –  17.06.2014 17:30-18:00
Be MAD – Mumbai Architecture and Design

Barbara Imhof talks to Susmita Mohanty about the MAD Salon and the MAD lab, co-founded by her and Siddarth Das

Architecture and design have a profound influence on the quality of life. They echo the cultural-artistic-aesthetic sensibilities and aspirations of a nation and its people. The MAD Salon aspires to catalyze a movement to make architecture and design more relevant. It provides a platform for passionate discourse and debate. Originally conceived to focus on architecture and design as primary elements of nation building, it has morphed into a lens to look at a broader narrative: culture, aesthetics, the arts, the city, social interaction, mobility, human behavior, politics, economics, urbanism, and more.



MAY 2014

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 –  20.05.2014 17:30-18:00
Mechatronics for space and urban applications

Susmita Mohanty interviews Viktor Gudenus about the field of mechatronics and how it can be used for space exploration and urban applications
Viktor Gudenus studied Mechatronics/Robotics at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum-Wien in Vienna. During his studies he attended biology classes at the University of Vienna. His Master Thesis was conducted at UC Berkeley’s Poly-PEDAL Lab as a Marshall Plan Scholar, where he researched the integration of Lizard locomotion in robotics.


APRIL 2014

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 15.04.2014 17:30-18:00               Biomimetics in space applications

An interview with Julian F.V. Vincent
Julian F.V. Vincent is a biologist who has pursued the topic of biomimetics especially in materials science since 1968 when he started his career at the University of Reading, UK. He carried out research and taught as a Professor at Reading and the University of Bath, UK, at the Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was part time lecturer at the Royal College of Art & Design and Imperial College London until 2010. He has extensive experience in the field and worked in many interdisciplinary contexts, such as mechanical engineering, materials science, architecture, design, creativity, biology, materials, food physics, food texture. He is, and has been, a member of numerous scientific and advisory boards. He cofounded the Centres of Biomimetics in Reading and Bath and is President of the International Society for Bionic Engineering. Currently he is Honorary Professor of Biomimetics at Bath, Special Professor in the Dept. of the Built Environment at Nottingham and Scientific Advisor of the company Swedish Biomimetics 3000.


MARCH 2014

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 -18.03.2014 17:30 – 18:00
Light constructions

An interview with the engineer , architect and planner Jürgen Hennicke

Jürgen Hennicke worked on Frei Otto’s side for many years. He also taught at the Frei Otto Institute for Light Constructions at the Technical Universität in Stuttgart. He was one of the master minds behind the development of the net structures of the Olympia Stadium in Munich.  He was  How architects and engineers developed and built these complex structures without computers he describes in the interview.



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.01.2014 17:30 – 18:00
“man [is] a man only in play, and only in play is he free, and, as such, a real man!” (Joseph Beuys)

Recording of the presentation of “Singular Oscillations” of the American aerospace engineers and artist Bradley Pitts. The project deals with the Perzeption of zero-gravity and the liberation from task oriented living of the astronauts. The recording took place at the European Space Agencies’ Technology Centre, Noordwijk, Holland,  19. November, 2012.



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 -17.12.2013 17:30 – 18:00
HI-SEAS EPILOGUE – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Marssimulation

Interview with the crew commander Angelo Vermeulen – long version
Vermeulen was isolated with his 5 fellow crewmembers for 4 months as part of a preparation simulation for a human mission to Mars.



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 19.11.2013 17:30 – 18:00
HI-SEAS Part III – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Marssimulation

Interview of 2 crew members in the simulation after the mission

The interview circles around the following topics:
What were your greatest challenges and your greatest difficulties?
What would you make different the next time?
How would you prepare differently?
What were your greatest achievements?
What are you personally proud of?
How will this change your personal and professional life?



Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 20.8.2013 – 17.30 – Fatigue and human behaviour on human missions to Mars.
Can you cope with long periods of isolation and still do all activities necessary to accomplish the mission goals?

David Dinges, psychologist and professor in psychology and psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA in an interview with Barbara Imhof.


JULY 2013

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 16.7.2013 – 17.30  –  HI-SEAS Part II – Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – Marssimulation

Interview of 4 crew members in the simulation half-way through the mission.

The NASA Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate has identified a number of riskst in relevant ways. HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is a planetary surface exploration analog site at ~8500 feet on the Mauna Loa side of the saddle area on the Big Island of Hawaii. HI-SEAS is funded for its first season of operation by a grant from the NASA Human Research Program, for research focusing on new forms of food and new food preparation strategies for long-term space exploration. This first mission will involve six astronaut-like (in terms of education, experience, and attitude) crewmembers living in the habitat for 120 days under Mars-exploration conditions (e.g. with communication latencies and blackouts, in close quarters, under strict water-use rules etc.). The crew has been selected from over 700 applicants, and the 120-day simulated mission is scheduled to begin in early 2013.


JUNE 2013

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 18.6.2013 – 17.30- The City as a Spaceship CAAS: interview with the space entrepeneur and designer Sumsita Mohanty

APRIL 2013

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 16.4.2013 – 17.30- HI-SEAS – Part 1 HAWAI SPACE EXPLORATION AND ANALOGUE SIMULATION – Interview with the commander Angelo Vermeulen and mission scientist Oleg Abramov


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 19.2.2013 – 17.30 – Space art ETTAS part 7 “Der Flash nachts unterm Himmel” – interview with the artists Tim Otto Roth


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 15.1.2013 – 17.30 – SPACE ART- art as part of the life support system in long term space missions ETTAS Part 6 – Barbara Imhof presents the ESA Topical Team Arts & Science and the 6th broadcast in this series of space artists :an interview with Kirsten Johannsen about her work.


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 18.12.2012 – 17.30 – Every space project needs an artist ETTAS part 5 – Barbara Imhof presents the ESA Topical Team Arts & Science and the 5th broadcast in this series of space artists: the work and lecture by Sarah Jane Pell, Australian artist, performer, commercial diver and researcher.


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 20.11.2012 – 17.30 – Science Communications – Barbara Imhof interviews Bertram Schütz of Science Communications about presenting science-related topics to non-scientists, science exhibitions, science journalism, science policy and science media production.


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 16.10.2012 – 17.30 – Technosensuals – Barbara Imhof interviews Anouk Wipprecht
(fashion designer specialized in integrated technologies)


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.08.2012 – 17.30 (2nd broadcast) – Barbara Imhof interviews Gernot Groemer, Norbert Frischauf and others regarding their testing of AOUDA – a space suit for Mars. Simulation of the ÖWF in the Austrian Alps.

JULY 2012

Radio Orange 94.0 – 17.07.2012 – 17.30
AOUDA – a space suit for Mars. About the simulation activities of the ÖWF in the Austrian Alps.

JUNE 2012

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 19.06.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
Arts & Science: Kunst am Limit – interview with the Austrian well-known artist Eva Schlegel

MAY 2012

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS94.0 – 15.05.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
Arts & Science: Biomodd – an approach to artistic practice in space – interview with the space artist Angelo Vermeulen who will become the HI-SEAS commander – Mars simulation mission

APRIL 2012

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 17.04.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
Arts & Science: interview with the New York based aerospace engineer and space artist Bradley Pitts

MARCH 2012

Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 20.03.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
Architects without borders – about the new platform ArchitektInnen ohne Grenzen in Österreich mit Petra Gruber (Architektin), Fritz Öttl (POS-Architekten)


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 21.02.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
Arts & Science: Interview with the ecologist and space artist Angelo Vermeulen based in Belgium


Radio Orange SPACE SPECIALS 94.0 – 17.01.2012 – 17.30 – Barbara Imhof interviews
ANTARTKISCHE FORSCHUNGSSTATION HALLEY VI – Interview mit Hugh Broughton, britischer Architekt seiner gleichnamigen Londoner Firma, die derzeit die 6. Antarktisstation HALLEY VI des Britisch Anarctic Survey baut