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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



 

NEWSLETTER

January 2015 


Happy New Year from LIQUIFER Systems Group !

 

 

UPDATE - Structural Completion of SHEE Habitat!

Project conclusion January 2016

Image credit: SHEE Consortium, photo: University of Tartu, Estonia, 2014


SHEE is a test-bed for space mission simulations and will be made available to the space research community in 2016. The overall result is an autonomously deployable habitat that will be applicable in both space and terrestrial conditions, such as in extreme environments on earth or for future planetary space missions.

The envelope of SHEE is built and the robotic actuation implemented. SHEE will be transferred from the University of Tartu in Estonia to COMEX in Marseille in January 2015 where the Life Support Systems and the interior furnishings (by LSG) will be implemented. 

Image credit: SHEE Consortium, photo: University of Tartu, Estonia, 2014


In June 2015 the SHEE habitat will be ready for system validation in the laboratory environment of the ISU High Bay.
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
AIRBUS Group (AG-I), UK
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


 



 

 

ONGOING

Exhibition opened October 10, 2014

 

Erdöl & Erdgas Exhibition  Technisches Museum Wien

Credit: Technisches Museum Wien/APA-Fotoservice/Preiss

The Erdöl & Erdgas Exhibition, Technisches Museum Wien is a permanent exhibition that addresses the topic of Energy and the natural resources of oil and gas.

It explores the dependence high-tech and mobile societies have on petroleum and natural gas for the maintenance and continuation of everyday life. Fossil fuels enable transportation and generate electricity, as well as serve as the base material for plastics, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. At the same time, these resources are controversial at a global scale; as the exhibition addresses the environmental, economic and political topics that surround these commodities.

The Middle-oil era, in which we are living, is defined by the ambiguous relationship between the Collective and Individual – in terms of both Responsibility and Dependence. The Erdöl und Erdgas exhibition reveals characteristics of this debate through probing the interactions between – Oil, Natural gas, People, Environment, and Technology, from an Austrian perspective. Four Geographical regions within Austria are zoomed into and explored to better understand where oil comes from, how it is produced, why it is an essential part of our everyday lives and the impacts this reliance has.




 

Project FASTER CONCLUDED!

November 2014

Image: FASTER Consortium, Airbus Group, Stevenage, UK, 2014

Project FASTER culminated on October 23, 2014 as members of the European Union (EU), the European Space Agency (ESA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) witnessed its final demonstration at the Mars Yard Facility at Airbus DS in Stevenage, UK.

The European consortium of six partners from five member states developed an alternative method of collecting surface information of unknown terrain during planetary exploration missions through innovative technology and integrated hardware and software systems. A unique concept was developed using two rovers, one Primary rover and a scout rover working in tandem for the safer and faster traversing of planet Mars.

One of the LSG contributions to the project was the wheeled bevameter - a measuring device which has three indicators to distinguish soil types.  The test wheel measures bearing strength and shear strength as well as slippage of the wheels.The information collected by the device factors into the path planning of the primary rover. 
 

documentary on the making of FASTER
Image: FASTER Consortium, photo: Valentin Eder, 2013

 
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 284419.
 
Project partners:
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), DE
University of Surrey, Surrey Space Center, UK
AIRBUS Defense and Space, UK
Space Applications Services N.V., BE
Astri Polska Sp. z o. o., PL

 

UPCOMING:  Conference

Computational Design Culture

Scripting, Simulation and the Making of Architecture

January 15-16, 2015    Hotel Altes Kaufhaus, Lüneburg, Germany
 

Leading practicioners and theorists will present work on the topic of Computational design.  Among many guest speakers include; Achim Menges, Jan Knippers, Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger. 

Barbara Imhof of LIQUIFER Systems Group will present the paper;           'And the stars look very different today  - Collaboration, Visualization and Simulation Methodologies in Contemporary Space Architecture Practice.'

The paper addresses the cross-disciplinary intercourse which is today present in the architectural field and how it can be related to space architecture, space technologies and space systems. 
 

UPCOMING:  Artist-in-Residency

Khoj International Artists' Association

February 16 - March 1, 2015    New Delhi, India

Barbara Imhof and Susmita Mohanty of LSG will participate as 'Researcher(s)' and 'Artist(s)-in-Residence' for the Art & Science Residency 2015 hosted by the Khoj International Artists' Association; an autonomous, artist-led initiative, based in New Delhi and committed to experimentation and exchange in contemporary arts. 

LIQUIFER Systems Group will develop CAAS - City As A Spaceship; a conceptual idea that inspires technological humane innovation by positing the spaceship as an analogy of the modern densely built urban space with its complex structures and technologically intelligent infrastructure.

CAAS @ Khoj is supported by the Austrian cultural Forum in Delhi


UPCOMING:  Symposium & Publication Launch

SPACE: Aspirations of Art and Architecture

February 20, 2015    University of Liechtenstein
 

Student publication - Studio MARS and symposium - SPACE: Aspirations of Art and Architecture are part of Project H.O.M.E; a collaboration between Peter Droege of the department of Sustainable Space Development, University of Liechtenstein and Barbara Imhof of LIQUIFER Systems Group.  

H.O.M.E. (standing for Habilitability of Mars and Earth) was the focus of Summer Semester studio 2014 carried forth at the University of Liechtenstein which aimed to to explore, experience and compare the Habitability of sister planets Mars and Earth.

This project was produced with the support of the European Space Agency ESA, LIQUIFER Systems Group, EUROSOLAR and the participating young designers.
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