EU – FP 7, 5th Space call, 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
The goal of the SHEE project (Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments) is to develop a planetary habitat test-bed for terrestrial analogue simulations. The SHEE habitat will provide significant background for further development and the 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. SHEE provides a feasible solution for near term human space exploration of this nature.
The main objective of the SHEE project is the exploration of an effective integration of architecture and robotics for space applications. SHEE is envisioned as a hybrid structure composed of inflatable, rigid and robotic components. This project works towards producing an example of a functional habitat, ready for testing and to be further developed in response to the tests.
The results of the SHEE project will be applicable in both space and terrestrial conditions, such as in extreme environments on earth or during disaster mitigation. This project will also draw attention to the possibility of using space technologies and space design methods in terrestrial domains and in the development of environmentally-friendly architectures.
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