Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments

January 2013 – December 2015
European Union – 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (EU-FP7), in the frame of Space

To integrate human labour into construction on the lunar or Martian surface is very risky, complex and costly.  Therefore, it is imperative to plan for construction methods that are autonomous and self-deployable for these extreme environments.

SHEE (Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments) develops a planetary habitat test bed for terrestrial analogue simulations and provides significant background knowledge for further development and evolution of its type. SHEE is a functional habitat, composed of deployable, rigid and robotic components. Each SHEE module accommodates a crew of two for a mission length of two weeks, and includes two crew cabins, kitchen, hygiene facility, workspace and laboratory. SHEE is fitted with an environmental control and monitoring system and enclosed storage for waste and wastewater.

The results of the SHEE project are applicable to both space and earth. To schedule your mission scenario using the SHEE planetary test bed, contact

Executive Summary (pdf)

Consortium partners  International Space University – France / LIQUIFER Systems Group – Austria / Space Applications Services – Belgium / Institute of Technology, University of Tartu – Estonia / COMEX – France / Sobriety – Czech Republic / Space Innovations – Czech Republic

LIQUIFER team  Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder, Valentin Eder, Stephen Ransom, René Waclavicek, Damjan Minovsky, Lutz Richter, Molly Hogle

Image credit: SHEE Consortium