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SHEE – Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments




EU – FP 7 in the frame of Space, Collaborative Project


International Space University, France;  LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria;  Space Applications Services N.V., Belgium; Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia;  Compagnie Maritime D’Expertises S.A., France;  Sobriety s.r.o., Czech Republic;  Space Innovations, v.o.s., Czech Republic

LSG team

Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder, Valentin Eder, Stephen Ransom, René Waclavicek, Damjan Minovsky, Lutz Richter, Molly Hogle


SHEE – Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments develops a planetary habitat test-bed for terrestrial analogue simulations.  The completed SHEE habitat provides significant background knowledge for further development and 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.

The main objective of the SHEE project is the exploration of an effective integration of architecture and robotics for space applications.  SHEE is a hybrid structure composed of inflatable, rigid and robotic components; it is a functional habitat, ready for conducting mission scenario testing.

The results of the SHEE project are applicable in both space and on earth, such as in extreme environments, or for use during disaster mitigation.  This project also draws attention to the possibility of using space technologies and space design methods in terrestrial domains, and in the development of environmentally-friendly architectures.

see SHEE website

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rendering © LIQUIFER Systems Group, 2013
photo © SHEE Consortium, University of Tartu, 2014