Report by François Levy: This is a brief report on the 2018 International Conference of Environmental Systems (ICES), that was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA from July 8th through 12th. Along with Georgi Petrov, Sandra Häuplik-Meusberger, and Don Barker, I co-chaired organizing the Space Architecture Technical Committee’s participation in this year’s ICES.
It is with great sadness to share the news that Constance Adams passed away on 24th June after a battle with cancer.
She was one of the founding members of our community, a great designer and thinker, and one of our most prolific advocates. She has left us way too early.
More information and obituary to follow …
The 47th International Conference of Environmental Systems (ICES) convened in Charleston, SC, USA, 16-20 July 2017. SATC member Georgi Petrov chaired the two-parts Space Architecture technical session this year in the largest room in the conference with a total of seven presentations. The attendance was well attended and maxed out at about 70.
Next year’s ICES will be held in Albuquerque NM. on 8-12 July 2018.
As part of the Stamford Museum Astronomy Nights program, SATC member Antoine Faddoul gave a public lecture entitled “Space Architecture: Run, Hike, and Camp on the Moon” on April 7th, 2017 at Stamford Observatory in Connecticut, USA.
The talk included an introduction to space architecture and the main aspects of designing for space travel. Faddoul presented Project Luna Castra which is a semi-permanent lunar base that promotes sports activities on the Moon. A discussion followed covering how short-term trips to the moon expedite the plans and technologies for deep space travel and advance technologies for Earthly use.
Stamford Astronomy Nights are family friendly and attract wide audience of different age groups and backgrounds. The public talks are followed by a viewing of the night sky through the 22-inch telescope.
“Manifest Destiny: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mars Colonization” was a space outreach event that took place at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom between 22nd – 24th February 2017.
The event aimed at promoting awareness about the opportunities and challenges of Mars colonization for both the students and staff within the University of Edinburgh as well as for the general public in the region.
The event was held over the course of three days, featuring design workshops and multiple panels discussions on a wide range of themes from life-sustaining systems and the impacts of long-term space habitation on human health, to the engineering and architectural challenges that we face when trying to establish a Mars colony/settlement, to the social science and ethical aspects of colonization.
SATC member and education subcommittee chair Prof. Patrick Harkness was invited to present on the subject of space architecture on behalf of SATC during the event. It was a successful event and the space architecture presentation was well received.
For more details about the event, please check out the full event summary.
the 2016 SATC “Year in Review” article featured on Aerospace America.
The 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) convened in Expo Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 26-30 September 2016. SATC members Brent Sherwood and Olga Bannova co-chaired the Space Architecture technical sessions with support from Barbara Imhof and Jackelynne Silva Martinez. 6 papers were accepted and presented the sessions were fairly well attended in overall.
SATC also organised a “Global Network Forum” (GNF) panel event, titled “Space Architecture and Systems Engineering: different disciplines or the same?“. Featuring panelists from a diverse group representing different countries, genders, agencies, industries, and academia, the panel event was a success and was well attended.
Marc Cohen has been presented the “Certificate of Merit” during the AIAA SPACE Forum 2016 as a co-author for the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) Best Paper Award 2015.
(photos credits: AIAA)
SATC Best Paper 2015 – Winner:
Cohen, Marc M.; Häuplik-Meusburger, Sandra (2015 July). What Do We Give Up and Leave Behind? (ICES-2015-056).
SATC Best Paper 2015 – Runner-up:
Allen, Christopher S. (2015 July). International Space Station Acoustics – A Status Report (ICES-2015-286).
A new Space Architecture Education book written by SATC members Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger & Olga Bannova.
Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects – Designing and Planning Beyond Earth
Space architecture as a discipline is relatively new, but it fills a gap between the engineering approach to design habitats and other space facilities for humans, and the complexity of human factors oriented design—including personal psychology, creativity, and non-work related activities. In order to successfully fill that gap, space architecture needs to be taught academically.
The book is structured around basic learning processes for the design of a space mission, structure or vehicle. The chapters on the design principles are related to the Technology Readiness levels and Habitation Readiness Levels – TRLs and HRLs and include examples, discussions, and tasks.
with Guest Chapters (in order of appearance):
Chris Welch on ‘The Essence of Interdisciplinarity’
Brand N. Griffin on ‘The Role of the Space Architect’
Brent Sherwood on ‘Space Architecture Education—Site, Program, and Meaning’
Marc M. Cohen on ‘Mockups 101: Technology Readiness Levels for Mockups and Simulators’
Madhu Thangavelu on ‘The Moon or Mars: Where might we settle first?’
Theodore W. Hall on ‘Artificial Gravity and Implications for Space Architecture’ Cesare Lobascio on ‘Environmental Control and Life Support Systems’
Haym Bennaroya and Leonard Bernold on ‘Engineering and Construction of LunarBases’
Kriss J. Kennedy on ‘The TransHab Project’
Space Architecture Education on Facebook:
Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects Designing and Planning Beyond Earth
Authors: Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger & Olga Bannova
1st ed. 2016, XV, 320 p. 179 illus., 139 illus.in color.
The 46th International Conference of Environmental Systems (ICES) convened in Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016. SATC members Georgi Petrov and Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger co-chaired the Space Architecture technical sessions. 17 papers were presented in four well attended sessions.