One of the key capabilities for future human and robotic missions for science and exploration is habitat technology. The advancement of habitat technology is highly dependent on the duration of the mission, distance from the Earth, functionality of the habitat and the environment of the destination. The Advanced Concepts Team studies novel ideas in the field of space architecture and infrastructure such as future orbital, planetary and interstellar habitats, in-situ resource utilisation and robotic manufacturing, to name a few.
Functionally graded materials for space structures01 Jul 2019 Functionally graded materials are advanced materials with spatial variation in structure and/or composition that contribute to site-specific properties. The aim of this project is to develop a ceramic-metal gradient to maximize the in-situ resource utilization of aerospace components.
Basalt fibre reinforced geopolymer28 Jun 2018
Basalt fibre reinforced geopolymer28 Jun 2018 Both geopolymers and basalt fibres present pomising in-situ resources for construction on the lunar surface. Currently we investigate the combination of materials and its compatibility with additive manufacturing towards resource efficiency and applicability for lunar surface missions.
Growing fungi structures in space14 Sep 2017
Growing fungi structures in space14 Sep 2017 The additive manufacturing technology is very promising technique for utilising in situ resources on the Moon and Mars. Fungi based biocomposites might offer an effective alternative for constructing structures in situ.
Robotic manufacturing of fibrous structures in space14 Sep 2017 We investigated in-situ production of fibres from regolith followed by the forming and assemblage into fibrous structures by an autonomous robotic manufacturing technique.