MOONWALK - Simulation - Rio Tinto
19. April 2016

Members of the MOONWALK team and project equipment have arrived in Rio Tinto this past weekend, as groundwork for the analogue tests were prepared. Logistic items such as power units, tents, toilets and crew cabins were installed at the test site. SHEE, Self-Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (a European Union Seventh Framework project), has already arrived and will provide shelter for the test subjects in the mission scenarios.  

On Monday, safety procedures and instructions were provided to everyone on site and all instruments and equipment were given a final check in preparation for the mission tests to begin on Tuesday.

Today, Tuesday, 19. April, MOONWALK begins its first Earth-Analogue simulation to test the hardware and various spacewalk scenarios that have been developed by the MOONWALK team over the last 2.5 years. 

Successful communication has been established with Mission Control Centre in Brussels and our simulation astronauts are ready to go. Next update to be reported soon!
There is still time to visit us!
Press Conference – morning, Friday, 22. April - 11.00hrs, Wednesday 27. April - 11.00hrs

Sunday 24. April, project MOONWALK will be opened to the public and will host an outreach activity in the morning. 
all photos credit: Moonwalk Consortium, top: photo taken by Airbus, bottom photos taken by LIQUIFER, 2016
MOONWALK has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement number no. 607346.
SHEE, Self-Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments, has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement number no. 312747.


Project Coordinator

Technical Manager


German Centre for Artificial Intelligence  (DFKI) Bremen, Germany
Marseilles, France
Airbus Group
Newport, UK
LIQUIFER Systems Group
Vienna, Austria
Space Applications Services
Zaventem, Belgium
NTNU Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space
Trondheim, Norway
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) - Centro de Astrobiological (INTA-CSIC)
Madrid, Spain

Dr. Thomas Vögele
DFKI, Bremen, Germany

Dr. Peter Weiss
COMEX, France

Dr. Barbara Imhof
LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Austria
+43 1 218 85 05

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