Elysium Strider

Elysium Strider

(shortlisted) Elysium Strider

Year: 2019

Type: Architectural competition, Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival Competition

Team: Katarzyna Lis, Wojciech Fikus, Leszek Orzechowski

Topics: Conceptual vision, mobile and modular design

Elysium Strider

Elysium Planitia is a vast terrain with many of its most valuable Points of Interests being spread out over large distances.  Taking inspiration from a nomadic way of living a fleet of nomadic all-terrain rovers were proposed that allows for mobility, exchangeability and modular expansion of the colony. With colony sustainability being the most crucial aspect for survival several rovers types were introduced to meet the challenge of surviving frozen Martian desert.

Strider is a six-legged all-terrain rover designed to accommodate the four-person crew. When it operates independently its Environmental Control and Life Support System could sustain the crew during a two-week excursion.  Its legs operated independently in 6 degrees-of-freedom for maximum stability and traversability. Hexagonal pressurized cabin provides the most basic functions for the crew with an addition of second level expandable dome filled with water for radiation shielding. The dome provides an unprecedented occasion for large two-person rooms. The pressurized cabin is fitted with six hatches out of which three are equipped with hydraulic connectors used for docking and as airlocks.

You can travel, visiting various points of interests like InSight lander, space port or connect with another strider.  Create an expedition to explore an unknown region to witness it for the first time for humanity. Explore Mars on your own pace – just remember to monitor your power, oxygen, water and food…

The Awakening of The Great Martian Dune Kraken

When rovers with different functions connect they can create a multitude of task-oriented vehicles. With expanding numbers and complexity a familiar nomadic structure could emerge with explorers, mobile camps, caravans, and even oases focused on water, food and energy production – but with one exception – the potential for mobility. This mobility could perpetuate the evolution of regular nomadic structure into more biomimetic and complex creation. Spontaneous absorption and mixture of various functions would result in an awakening of The Great Martian Dune Kraken – an artificial multicellular superorganism controlled by its inhabitants. Rovers as cells, hydraulic connectors as muscles, sprawling tentacles engulfing yet another dune in search of water, minerals. A structure capable of traversing moderate cavities and small canyons. Its senses made of radars, lidars, and spectrometers It may be sluggishly slow, but its the only contender for domination over Elysium Planitia for this time being. The idea behind the Kraken has less to do with actual organism or AI and rather with the next level complexity of a human society operating a kind of mobile city for 100 people with a goal to sustain themselves. But in the end, isn’t it what bacteria our guts are doing with us?


(2nd place) Marsception

(2nd place) Marsception


Year: 2018

Type: Architectural Concept Competition, Volume Zero

Team: Agata Mintus, Wojciech Fikus, Leszek Orzechowski

Topics: self-sufficient Martian base, integration of life support system with architecture, modular structure

The concept focuses on the integration of structure with the life support system. By implementing the installation in the shielding of the station, the circulation of water, air, wastes is homogenous and closed around the whole habitat. The inspiration for the multilayered structure of the shielding panel was the ESA MELISSA project. Cell panel contains MLI, water that also stands for radiation protection, algae converting CO2 into O2 and water purification. Cell frame would incorporate power, data, lights and vents. A basic building block for creating human habitat on Mars. Additionally, the light system including both UV and IR was designed to simulate daylight cycle and stimulate both crew and plants. The form of the station establishes an integration of habitat and a mining infrastructure to provide a necessary source of water, soil, geothermal energy.  

(finalist) NASA 3d-Printed Habitat Challenge

(finalist) NASA 3d-Printed Habitat Challenge

NASA 3d-Printed Habitat Challenge

Year: 2015

Type: International Competition, NASA 3d-Printed Habitat Challenge

Collaboration: Space is More, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, 3dlTech, Zieta Prozessdesign

Team: Leszek Orzechowski, Agata Mintus, Konrad Gruber, Piotr Gruber, Maciej Dziewiecki, Aleksander Tuzik, Aleksander Gorgolewski, Szymon Gryś, Michał Olejarczyk, Dorota Budzyń

Topics: Martian habitat, 3d printing, in-situ resources utilization (ISRU)

The objective of the project was to propose a 3d printing technology for constructing on Mars from in-situ resources using CNC cladding. The essential factor was to incorporate feasibility and utilitarity of the solution both, in terms of 3d printing technology and habitat design. To support the energy and resources supplies, Gale Crater was chosen as the location of the design. It is close to the Martian equator, which benefits the mission in several ways, including amount of solar energy, low elevation (thicker atmosphere) and relatively robust data from Curiosity rover for precise site selection and resources evaluation. 

We believe that the proposed 3d-printing technology can help construct habitat that is not only safe, but also comfortable and easy to build. Rover based printer is a feasible solution and a great opportunity for human/agent cooperation. Our 3D printer is using selected mars regolith fractions as building material, so a key task will be to collect and sieve regolith. A special rover, equipped in a shovel, properly shaped effector and a layered sieving system could be able to collect and sieve the material on the way to the construction site.

The structure carrying the printer and nozzle uses the inflatable steel pipes technology of Zieta Prozessdesign. It allows for both vertical and tilted layering of the material. Those elements are also used as the roof reinforcement to increase the mechanical strength of the habitat’s structure.