LunAres Research Station (Poland)

LunAres Research Station (Poland)

LunAres Research Station

Year: 2017 – present

Type: realization

Collaboration: Space is More, Space Garden

Topic: analog habitat

Links: website, LunAres offer

 

The LunAres Research Station is an analogue habitat for manned space mission simulation and space technology development. Facility provides full isolation, laboratory/workshop equipment and smart telemetry system for gathering data. The research performed in the station is focused on the psychological and physiological impacts of the long-term extra terrestrial human presence. The simulation of isolation is supported by an artificial daylight system, monitoring of supplies and self-sufficient character of some systems. 

The habitat is designed for a 6-member crew, providing 176m2 of habitable space and 250m2 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) area. It consists of 7 modular containers providing various functions and indoor conditions: BioLab (laboratory), Galley (kitchen +storage), Dormitory (private capsules), Operations, Gym, Workshop, Sanitary Module. The functional plan was determined based on the literature and existing references providing separation of noisy-quiet, private-common and dirty-clean spaces, while enabling fast access and productivity.

Since the establishment in 2017, the research performed in LunAres station during 10 carried missions contributed to 26 scientific publications. The studies concerned medicine, psychology, architecture, sociology and engineering.

Author: Matiaž Tančič

Rehabilitation Platform for animals

Rehabilitation Platform for animals

Rehabilitation Platform for animals

Year: 2019

Type: Prototype, Research

Collaboration: Space is More, Wrocław University of Technology

Authors: Kamil Bęś, Aleksander Bojda, Michał Pelczarski

Sanitary Module LunAres

Sanitary Module LunAres

Sanitary Module in LunAres

Year: 2019

Type: Realization Project for research purpose

Team: Agata Mintus, Leszek Orzechowski, Joanna Jurga

 

A new sanitary module was designed for the LunAres Research Station to enable studies on recycling grey water for both purposes, flashing toilet and watering plants. The unit is located in a 30 square meter sea container equipped with basic hygiene installations and devices accessible for the disabled. Additionally, there is an experimental space included, which can be used for potential hydroponic laboratory. All installations in the container are accompanied by separates flow meters for detailed monitoring of water usage. The module also includes a dry toilet that produces compost as well as a separated compartment destined for a greenhouse. The toilet is primed with a substrate for initiating composting – coconut husk fibres. This allows for extended collection pre usage in a hydroponic system.

ESA REXUS 26: TRACZ (Testing Robotic Applications for Catching in Zero-g)

ESA REXUS 26: TRACZ (Testing Robotic Applications for Catching in Zero-g)

ESA REXUS: Tracz Project

Source: TRACZ team

Year: 2019

Type: ESA REXUS 26 experiment

Collaboration: Space is More, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, KoNaR

Team: Aleksander Gorgolewski, Kamil Bęś, Aleksander Bojda, Łukasz Chojniacki, Adrianna Graja, Kristian Mirek, Aleksander Sil

Links: experiment video, strona 

Grasping objects by non-human in space conditions is in many cases neither effective nor convenient. Lack of general-purpose device which can grab differently shaped and sized elements made from various materials is one of many issues in space missions. A classical approach towards gripping objects by human-like rigid effector requires sophisticated trajectory planning algorithms, numerous sensors and complicated mechanical design. Another approach is to use soft, elastic materials manipulated with pressure to adjust to an irregular-shaped object and catch it. Soft grippers are less complicated in construction and use, furthermore, they seem to be more all-embracing. In many industries (for instance light bulbs and glass products) soft grippers are in common use due to their high adaptability. One type of those grippers is based on the jamming of the granular material.

TRACZ (Testing Robotic Applications for Catching in Zero-g) is an experiment which aimed to investigate the possibility of application of such device in space, where negative differential pressure is impossible to obtain and lack of gravitation may cause the granular substance inside the gripper to behave in an unpredictable manner. During REXUS flight, in microgravity and vacuum conditions series of catches was performed on a single object and the force with which the object is held was measured. The results were compared with an on-ground experiment and the utility of the aforementioned gripper in the space applications were discussed.

Source: TRACZ team

Source: TRACZ team