Facility for Integrated Planetary Exploration Simulation

2005 – 2006
European Space Agency (ESA) Phase A – Definition study

The feasibility of an integrated simulation facility for a planetary exploration habitat, permitting research in the life sciences including operational medicine and psychology, environmental research (including life support and associated technologies) and exobiology was researched in this study. This year-long Phase A – Definition study looked at the parameters defined by these life sciences and the interface problems between these fields in preparation of a crewed missions to the moon or Mars, and the facility required in which to test these factors in simulation.

The Final Report consists of several Technical Notes that cumulatively summarize the results of the Phase A – Definition study of a Facility for Integrated Planetary Exploration Simulation (FIPES). The Definition phase addresses all issues to a level of detail that positively support the feasibility of the design and development of the proposed facility.

Consortium partners  Andreas Vogler Studio – Germany / Fibre Design – Canada / M+W Zander – United Kingdom

LIQUIFER team   Stephen Ransom, Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder, René Waclavicek, Norbert Frischauf, Susmita Mohanty, Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Kürsad Özdemir

Consultant  Verena Perius (cost calculation), Basel, CH

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