Wishing you a wonderful 2017!  

Best wishes from Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder, Susmita Mohanty,
René Waclavicek, Molly Hogle, Stephen Ransom, Bob Davenport and Chris Gilbert!

LIQUIFER Systems Group


January 2017

Upcoming Highlights in 2017!



Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies for Safe Food Production in Space

See you in Bremen, June 2017, for shipping the greenhouse to Antarctica for a one year mission
credit: LIQUFER Systems Group, 2016
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
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

Upcoming Highlights in 2017!



Transforming our habitats from inert spaces into programmable sites

See you at the public event hosted by the Living Architecture team in Vienna, May 2017 and at the TAB, Tallin Architecture Biennale, September 2017.
Microbial Fuel Cell Bricks exhibited in Venice as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 LIVING ARCHITECTURE project, credit: Living Architecture project, 2016
Project partners:
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW)
University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE, Bristol)
Spanish National Research Council / Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG)
University of Trento / University Degli Studi di Trento (UNITN)
University of Florence / Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI) 
Living Architecture receives funding under FET-OPEN by the EU as part of H2020 programme under grant agreement no. 686585
Upcoming Highlights in 2017!

sintering regolith with solar light

3D printing technologies and methodologies

Another solar sintering campaign is scheduled to start early in the new year. See you for the final presentation of the project at the German Space Day in Cologne, October 2017.
Project partners;
German Aerospace Centre, DLR, Germany
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Compagnie Maritime D Expertises SA (COMEX), France
Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT GmbH, Austria
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no 686202.

Highlights of 2016


Moonwalk - Human-Robot Cooperation,
credit: Moonwalk Consortium, RAUM.FILM, 2016
Project partners:
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
Compagnie Maritime D'Expertises SA, (COMEX), France
AIRBUS Group Innovations, United Kingdom
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
NTNU Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space, Norway
Institito Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (INTA) – Centro de Astrobiological (INTA-CSIC), Spain
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607346.
credit: RAUM.FILM and ESA 2016
In view of lunar exploration, which is foreseen to be one of the next steps in human space exploration, Lunar Analogues are and will continue to be powerful tools to support the development, demonstration and validation of new technologies and operational concepts. Furthermore Lunar Analogues will serve as an environment for Astronaut training, Behavioural Health and Performance research as well as providing engaging activities for the public.
There is in particular a growing interest in Artificial Lunar Analogues, which offer a wider range of simulation capacity than Natural Analogues and also provide a more controlled and standardized environment and thus facilitate the comparison between different simulation campaigns. Artificial Lunar Analogues also offer the benefit of reduced preparation overhead and logistics cost, with respect to simulation campaigns in Natural Analogues.
Under ESA’s General Studies Programme (GSP) a Consortium consisting of Space Applications Services NV/SA, LIQUIFER Systems Group and COMEX SA has performed the Lunar Analogues (LUNA) study, with the objective to identify missing Artificial Lunar Analogues, taking into account the demands for such analogues and considering existing and planned analogues, and to establish technical, utilisation and implementation concepts for the most needed analogues.
The video summarizes the approach and results of the study, from identifying more than 150 Needs addressable by Artificial Lunar Analogues (needs identified through Roadmap analysis, literature review and consultation of more than 100 Subject Matter Experts in a broad variety of fields worldwide), over establishing a Catalogue of already existing or planned Artificial Analogues, to performing a gap analysis identifying which identified Needs are not met by existing or planned Analogues. Based on this gap analysis the Consortium proposed three different Artificial Lunar Analogue concepts to ESA in order to complement existing or build up new facilities that might be a future contribution to the international effort of exploring the Moon. Finally ESA selected one of the concepts to be further detailed in terms of technical characteristics, utilisation scenarios and implementation aspects. This concept is called ‘European Surface Operations Laboratory’ or ‘ESOL’ and is proposed to be implemented at the EAC/DLR site in Cologne, Germany.

ESA GSP Study, Contract 4000111890
Project partners:
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
Compagnie Maritime D'Expertises SA, (COMEX), France
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Space 2017 
A year in space in review
The most recent and already 14th publication by Eugen Reichl. Cover image by LIQUIFER Systems Group including an interview with Barbara Imhof about the SHEE habitat.

The LIQUIFER team wishes you a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

Top large photo, from left to right: René Waclavicek, Bob Davenport, Waltraut Hoheneder, Barbara Imhof in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk; Top left from left to right: Molly Hogle and Angelo Vermeulen, LIQUIFER Living Architecture team in the Microbial fuel Cell lab at UWE in Bristol; top right, far left and far right: Molly Hogle, Waltraut Hoheneder in CSIC laboratories in Madrid as part of the Living Architecture project; bottom left: René Waclavicek as simulation astronaut in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk; bottom right: Waltraut Hoheneder with rover Yemo and LIQUIFER payload rover mock-up box in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk;
Top left from left to right: Waltraut Hoheneder and Bob Davenport in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk; bottom left: Barbara Imhof as simulations astronaut in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk; top right, from left to right: Barbara Imhof as simulation astronaut in Rio Tinto, project Moonwalk; ; bottom right: René Waclavicek, Viktor Gudenus as part of proejct RegoLight at the Vienna office of LIQUIFER.
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