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

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.

M.A.R.S. – Mobile Analog Research Station

M.A.R.S. – Mobile Analog Research Station

M.A.R.S. – Mobile Analog Research Station

Year: 2016

Type: Polish analog habitat concept

Collaboration: Space is More, Space Garden

Team: Leszek Orzechowski, Jan Popowski, Agata Mintus

The concept project M.A.R.S. was the first attempt to design an analog habitat in Poland. The mobile character was essential due to the constant need of development or relocation of the station. Therefore, the containers were integrated in the plan as separate modules and functions, providing space for the kitchen, dormitory, laboratory and sanitary unit.