Project Lunark to test a prototype moon habitat powered by solar

April 30, 2020 by  
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“What does it take to live on the moon?” That was the question put forward by Sebastian Aristotelis and Karl-Johan Sørensen, the founders of SAGA Space Architects and the analog astronauts behind Lunark , a prototype moon habitat. Designed in collaboration with scientists, engineers and polar experts, Lunark will be tested over three months in northern Greenland as part of the first Arctic-simulated moon mission. In addition to its resilience to extreme temperatures, the habitat will be engineered for a zero-waste ecosystem and will draw power from solar panels. Currently in the research and prototyping stages, Lunark is scheduled for construction in Denmark over the summer of 2020. The expedition is expected to start in the fall of the same year, when Aristotelis and Sørensen will live in the prototype moon habitat for three months to carry out scientific experiments and evaluate the structural design. All of their research and analyses will be compiled in research papers and presented in a TV documentary. Related: SOM unveils designs for first-ever human settlement on the moon “The ultimate goal is to develop the best future moon habitat,” the duo said. “The experiment will develop and test a radically different moon habitat where architecture helps to counteract monotony, claustrophobia and psychological stress.” The designers have chosen northern Greenland as their testing grounds — and are looking at locations near Thule Air Base — because of the island’s extreme climate, remoteness, barren landscape and absence of normal circadian rhythms.  Inspired by origami, the Lunark habitat will be built from reinforced folding panels to allow for a unique expanding design that saves space during transport and expands by 560% by volume upon final installation. The exterior must be engineered to withstand temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius, wind speeds of 90 kilometers per hour and even polar bear attacks. Solar panels will be installed around the perimeter. In contrast to the tank-like exterior, the interior will attempt to follow the principles of hygge and will be equipped with systems that promote a zero-waste lifestyle. An algae reactor will be placed in the core of the habitat and provide highly nutritious food. + SAGA Space Architects Images via SAGA Space Architects

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NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

July 14, 2010 by  
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We’re not ready to give up on our polluted planet quite yet, but it never hurts to look towards the stars. NASA just launched their eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Competition , which challenges university students to produce “innovative habitat inflatable loft concepts” that can be attached to NASA’s standard hard shell space lab. Read the rest of NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: exploration habitat , green design , moon habitat , nasa

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Adjustable Liquid-Filled Lenses Provide Vision to the Developing World

July 14, 2010 by  
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Today over 1 billion people around the world need — but lack — access to eyeglasses.

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France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

July 14, 2010 by  
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With the steady rise of the Passivhaus building system, we are being treated to some brilliant new ideas on how to design to the standard.

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CONTEST: GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid

July 14, 2010 by  
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Little by little, the U.S. is moving toward a more sustainable future, and GE and its partners want to help

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World’s Greenest Supercomputer Crowned at the University of Tokyo

July 14, 2010 by  
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It seems there’s a new supercomputer every month, but now there’s a new standard for differentiating them – by how green they are. The Grape DR , a Japanese cluster at the University of Tokyo, has just been named the world’s greenest supercomputer, topping out over a German supercomputer according to the Little Green500 list . The Green500 is the organization that keeps track of how energy efficient all the supercomputers are by measuring computing power against power consumption.

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Parrish Art Museum Breaks Ground on Monday

July 14, 2010 by  
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Next Monday the Parrish Art Museum , located along the Montauk Highway in Water Mill, will officially break ground, introducing a beautiful new design by Pritzker Prize -winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron . The Parrish Museum, which is currently settled within a storied Southamption Village construction, will next open its doors the summer of 2012 with a brand-new 34,500-square-foot modern structure consisting of two parallel single-story wings settled on a lush 14-acre site. The new museum has been thoughtfully designed to be discrete in nature, responding not only to the local architecture, but to the natural conditions of the site including the indigenous landscape.

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