Lunares Habitat (TRL level 5) is a human research laboratory built and owned by Space Garden as a proving ground for future Moon and Mars missions.
Lunares allows to simulate extraterrestrial environment with time delayed communication and full MCC support. It was created for organizing scientific, educational and exploratory missions to identify problems, test in-situ resource utilization technologies and train future astronauts.
Analog astronauts are participating in two weeks simulations where Primary Investigators conduct researches on or with human subjects. Thanks to world’s unique HabitatOS (TRL level 5) operating system participants can immerse in a full fledge simulation using Artificial Intelligence support in everyday tasks.
What Lunares name means?
Lunares name derives from LUNA (Moon), and ARES (Mars). Name highlights unique ability to run two types of environmental analogs: lunar and martian mission simulations.
Science at Lunares Research Station
With bioethical committee approval research subjects are being voluntarily and continuously monitored. Observed parameters include medical, psychological and team-dynamics. Full investigation of activities, interactions, food nutrition intake, sleep-work patterns and waste products helps to analyze needs for further investigations of Moon/Mars missions. In Lunares habitat analog astronauts experiment with 3D Printing, and In-Situ Resource Utilization from components such as soil, minerals and rocks collected during EVA.
Current research at Lunares:
- sociodynamics, team-dynamics, psychology
- light influence on circadian rhythms
- virtual reality enhanced astronaut training
- food nutrition and intake control
- biomimetics and bio-inspired engineering techniques
- material sciences, 3D-printing and material outgassing in vacuum
- chemical and geological rock outcrop analysis
- operational EVA procedures for human-robotic interaction and habitat maintenance
- human subject medical research
- mission operations and effective communications Astronauts-MCC
- water and waste management
- eatable plants grow research
- sensors and environmental control monitoring
Unique feature of the Lunares habitat is complete isolation from sunlight and time. Base is fully monitored and equipped with hundreds of smart sensors combined with dedicated operational system – HabitatOS. Mission Control Center (MCC) can remotely control the habitat and it’s environment.
ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA)
EVA terrain was designed to perform planetary science experiments during analog missions. This unique terrain is located inside isolated from external environment bomb shelter. Terrain is connected with laboratories inside the habitat by airlock.
Terrain surface is divided in Martian and Lunar and it’s shaped with volcanoes and craters. 150 square meters of lunar-like surface was made using small basalt rocks and powder. Another 150 square meters of red rocky surface simulates martian terrain.