Ann-Marlen Ruede - EPFL
Since the beginning of time, humans have dreamt of exploring the stars and planets. Space architecture can help build the infrastructures, which enable this endeavor. But how exactly? In this seminar, the design of a crewed mission to drill for and analyze ice at the Martian North Pole will be presented. Special attention will be given to the methods used for selecting architectural features. Among the conclusions of the work, we find that a habitat and mission’s architecture is not only dependent on, but also supports strategies for sourcing, transforming and using resources. Furthermore, over long missions, designing circular economy approximating solutions are more mass efficient and can therefore have a positive impact on long-term logistics. Considering this, architecture can be seen as an opportunity to participate in optimizing a mission and increase its sustainability. This could not only be of benefit for any type of large space structure, but technologies and strategies developed for space could potentially also be used in sustainable Earth applications. Overlapping principles and synergetic opportunities will be discussed.