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LUNARES Research Station is an analog facility for manned space mission simulation, located at the post-military airport in Poland.
The facility provides full isolation, allowing for complex research on the psychological and physiological impact of long-term extra-terrestrial human presence. The station can hold a Lunar and Martian 2 weeks mission for a 6-person crew. The general objective of LunAres is to create a research platform to support scientific and technological development in manned space exploration. The broad range of specialists are involved in the study from fields like extreme medicine, psychology, biotechnology, robotics and engineering, sociology, architecture. The possible observation and control of the indoor environment, as well as telemetry of the crew’s physical and psychological states, provide large quantities of data for complex studies.
Inside the base research focused on human factors in manned space missions as well as testing of sustainable technologies is conducted. The base is fully isolated from the environment including 250 square meters of EVA area. The infrastructure of the station allows for constant monitoring of the health and behaviours of the crew. LunAres research station is a unique facility that can be beneficial for science, business and educational efforts.
LunAres provides space and environment for various experiments investigating human factors in space and isolated habitat as well as for R&D projects designing technologies that could provide survival and mission objectives realization. The research regarding human factors is focusing on the impact of isolation and mission conditions on the psychological and physiological health of a crew. The management team is supporting researchers with big data gathering during each mission. The LunAres data includes basic human telemetry, interior conditions and mission scenario (schedule, training, diet, routines). The station can provide researchers with the same conditions during the missions to be able to conduct long-term studies and gather large, statistical data.
The technologies development and testing concern EVA simulation, station’s self-sufficiency studies and IoT LunAres system. The EVA campaign is focusing on prototyping accessories and tools to provide analog astronauts or researchers with accurate and complex simulation. Currently, the research scope includes water and wastewater usage investigation, electric power consumption limitation, soilless plant cultivation. The objective for resources management is to reach self-sufficiency as an off-grid station.
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