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LIQUIFER Systems Group is a trans-disciplinary platform engaged in designing our future on earth and in space. We engage in INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT for space and space related habitation and technologies.  Currently LIQUIFER Systems Group comprises of Waltraut Hoheneder, Barbara Imhof, Susmita Mohanty, Norbert Frischauf, Stephen Ransom, René Waclavicek, Bob Davenport, Chris Gilbert, Molly Hogle



April 2015


March 2015 - Kick-Off Meeting on 5. March 2015 in Bremen at DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt)

EU- H2020 Collaborative Research and Development Project
A new project is underway under the European Union‘s Research and Innovation Action (RIA) program, within the topic of ‘Space exploration / Life support.’  Thirteen international organizations, including universities, corporations and small businesses, in the fields of biology, food growth and life support, come together to develop innovations in cultivating food sources in closed-loop systems. 


Credit: LIQUIFER Systems Group 2015

Advancing food supply, water recycling and waste management for our future in space and on earth 
The EDEN ISS project looks to contribute to the growing research on the cultivation of higher-life plant forms in space, which will not only contribute to all major functional aspects of crew survival in closed-system expeditions to space, including food production, CO2 reduction, water recycling and waste management, but can also contribute greatly to the psychological well-being of the human being. 
LIQUIFER as co-designer of a greenhouse for ISS, Moon and Mars
The project looks to design a small and mobile container-sized greenhouse test facility and will be built to demonstrate and validate different key technologies and procedures necessary for safe food production within a (semi-) closed system.  LIQUIFER Systems Group will co-design the facility, investigating Human Factors, Handling and aspects of habitability.

Credit: DLR facilities / LIQUIFER Systems Group 2015

From DRL in Bremen to the Antarctica test site
The facility and its technologies will first be tested in a laboratory setting at DLR in Bremen and then transferred to its analogue test site at the Neumayer III station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Antarctica.

ISS experiment and future application on the Moon and on Mars
Given the two test sites, enough information will be collected to provide the consortium with tangible evidence of food quality and safety. It is envisioned that these new technologies will be suitable for future deployment on the International Space Station (ISS) and for potential far-in-the-future use in Moon and Mars habitats. The knowledge gained from this research project can also lead to a number of terrestrial applications in the field of agriculture and vertical farming in dense urban areas.

Credit: Felix Riess, Neumayer Station

Interdisciplinary team
A team of plant biologists, microbiologists, horticulturalists, engineers and designers will monitor all data from the developed system and analyze the health and success of the systems.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 636501.

Consortium members:
Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft - Und Raumfahrt Ev  (DLR), Germany
LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG), Austria
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
University Of Guelph, Canada
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz- Zentrum Fuer Polar- Und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
Enginsoft Spa (ES), Italy
Airbus Defense and Space, Germany
Thales Alenia Space Italia Spa, Italy
Aero Sekur S.p.A., Italy
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO), the Netherlands
Heliospectra AB, Sweden
Limerick Institute Of Technology (LIT), Ireland
Telespazio SPA, Italy

UPDATE - SHEE Habitat has landed in Marseille!

Project conclusion January 2016

Image credit: SHEE Consortium, photo: Comex, 2015

SHEE habitat for integration in Marseilles
The SHEE habitat has been successfully transferred by lorry, from the University of Tartu, Estonia, where the habitat was constructed, to COMEX in Marseilles for simulation testing. All components of the 28m² environment were designed and manufactured to standardized units of transport and served as an important requirement from the initial stages of SHEE development. 

SHEE habitat getting outfitted and furnished
Currently the structure is being outfitted with interior furnishings that facilitate the needs of a crew of two, to eat, sleep and work, as well as the installation of all systems which maintain and monitor natural human processes, such as the Life Support Systems.

Image(s) credit: SHEE Consortium, photo:Comex, University of Tartu (lorry transport), 2015

Testing at ISU in Strasbourg and available for the research community in 2016
Analogue testing and system validation of the environment will take place in summer of this year at the research facilities of ISU High Bay. The habitat will be made available to the space research community in 2016.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607346.
Consortium members:
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), DE
Compagnie Maritime D'Expertises SA, (COMEX), FR
Space Applications Services N.V., BE
NTNU Samfunnsforskning AS  -  Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS), NO
Instituto Nacional De Técnica Aeroespacial Centro de Astrobiologia (INTA-CAB), ES


February 27 - March 3


Undivided Mind

Art and Science Residency

Image: CAAS, 2015

The City As A Spaceship (CAAS) Collective comprising Barbara Imhof, Susmita Mohanty and Sue Fairburn was invited for a 2-week Art-Science Residency titled "The Undivided Mind" at KHOJ International Artists' Association in New Delhi, India. Art and Science need not exist in separate silos, nor should should Architecture, Design and Technology. The Undivided Mind belongs to a realm where we seamlessly straddle all of these worlds. The CAAS Collective believes that future orbital or extra-terrestrial outposts should not just have modules for only science experiments, but for both Art and Science to allow for crossover creative experimentation and as a countermeasure for boredom and monotony.

Launched in 2007, CAAS is a new way of thinking about humans and their relationships with their habitats, transporters and their environment. CAAS explores the reciprocities between terrestrial and extra-terrestrial architecture and design. The 2-week Residency at KHOJ was an opportunity for the CAAS Collective to further develop the idea of earth-space reciprocity in the context of a mega-city like New Delhi. The Residency culminated in an Art Show / Open Studio and the first of an evolving series of "CAAS Journals".

link to exhibition
The work was exhibited at Khoj and was well-received and covered widely by the press – the latest publication:
"A bleeding city, a spaceship shelter"
"…We found The Undivided Mind to be more science than art, but it is an undeniably elegant depiction of some rather dire scenarios that seem very plausible indeed. Perhaps we ought to follow the words of Captain James T. Kirk (he's quoted in one of the galleries here); in terms of our megacity plans, we may have to "go where no man has gone before"

RECENT:  Lecture / Workshop

We’re the Experiment



(as part of education and workshop)

date: March 19, 2015
time: 19.00-20:30

Planetarium Vienna
1020 Oswald Thomas Platz


link to more information

Image courtesy of NASA

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