IAC 2018

Moin from Germany!

This year, the IAC (International Astronautical Conference) was held in Bremen, Germany.  Quite a change of scenery from the previous years which were held in sunny Adelaide and Guadalajara.

Germany is the home of many conference participants including AirBus, DLR (The German Aerospace Center), and ZARM (a part of the University of Bremen).  The proximity of these organizations to the venue had a profound impact on the quality of the displays in the exhibition hall. For example, the DLR had a number of amazing exhibits like the Eden ISS and PLATO programs.

This Eden ISS Model shows a section view of the Modular system currently producing vegetation in a Antarctica!

Here is a an optical system under development for the PLATO Mission, it’s goal is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars.
Nick reconnecting with friends from the international space community.

It’s not all fun and games, however! There were a number of very informative technical sessions helpful to the development of our Martian Architecture.

Mars Incubator Habitat Panel with MEPS Insert
ESA ACLS Module

The Mars Incubator focus this year was on life support systems and architecture. Initially conceptualized as stand alone inserts to our panels, this years conference shed some light into habitation requirements and design capabilities of a comparable system. 

 

Airbus and ESA have been working on the Advanced Closed Loop System  (at left) for scrubbing CO2 and Producing Oxygen for the International Space Station. Launched on September 23, this module is being currently being commissioned for extra-terrestrial testing! 

 

With the audience filled with the space communities brightest and most we were a bit intimidated to present our most recent research developments. As many of us can attest, folks in the audience, like Dr. Robert Zubrin are well known for bombastic criticism of concepts lacking technical feasibility.

Nick and some space architecture colleagues taking a lecture from Robert Zubrin, prolific author and founder of the Mars Society.

Moving Forward with our efforts for the NASA Centennial Challenge, we are hard at work incorporating the feedback from Phase I and technological advancements presented at the IAC to advance our design for the next stage of the challenge.

See you next year in Washington D.C.! 

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