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Initial Design of Laboratories for Sustainable Habitation

Quantius, Dominik and Schubert, Daniel and Maiwald, Volker and París Lopéz, Rosa and Hauslage, Jens and Seboldt, Wolfgang and Doule, Ondrej and Schlacht, Irene Lia and Ransom, Stephen (2012) Initial Design of Laboratories for Sustainable Habitation. DGLR Verlag. DLRK 2012, 10.-12. Sept. 2012, Berlin, Deutschland.

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An effective and self-sustainable artificial habitat design is essential for human spaceflight and expansion of mankind into orbit or towards other celestial bodies. To successfully establish a future habitat, it is imperative to reach a high degree of self-reliance and sustainability. Besides the necessity to create an artificial habitat for the extreme environments of space, development of a self-sustainable habitat can also enable more effective exploration of extreme environments on Earth. One major application of the habitat’s closed loop capabilities can also be in enabling ecological habitation of human populations, not exclusively, but especial-ly in megacity areas with limited resources. This could reduce pollution, desertification and be a possible solution for difficulties arising due to human overpopulation, by e.g. including decentralized farming within an urban environment or a living space. There are two approaches that need to be implemented in future sustainable habitats: the use of re-cycling technologies in order to gain closed-loop processes and the primary production of resource materials using In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) principles. Various products like higher plants (e.g. vegetables, fruits, crops), animal husbandry (e.g. fishery, insects), fuel gases (e.g. hydrogen, oxygen), building materials (e.g. structural and isolation materials), but also consumables (e.g. clothes) as well as base maintaining ser-vices (e.g. water or waste recycling) and power supply will be provided and where applicable recycled in such a system. Although the theory of closed-loop habitats has been the subject of many research cam-paigns, the practical implementation and realisation within a real habitat still needs to be established. The paper deals with the interdisciplinary DLR study of a terrestrial Facility of Laboratories for Sustainable Habitation (FLaSH). This first DLR habitat design workshop has been held in DLR’s Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF) of the Institute of Space Systems. By the help of domains such as Air, Water, Waste, Greenhouse, Animal, Food Processing, Human Factors, Living, Sickbay, ISRU, Workshop, Design and Con-figuration, the study objectives such as a scenario set-up of selected habitat modules or input & output rela-tionships were fulfilled.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/78087/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Initial Design of Laboratories for Sustainable Habitation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Doule, OndrejISU StrasbourgUNSPECIFIED
Schlacht, Irene LiaExtreme-Design, TU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Ransom, StephenLiquifer Systems GroupUNSPECIFIED
Date:11 September 2012
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:DGLR Verlag
Keywords:Life support, habitat, closed-loop, research infrastructure, human factors, controlled environment, FLaSH
Event Title:DLRK 2012
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:10.-12. Sept. 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Konzepte und Entwurf (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Quantius, Dominik
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 11:41
Last Modified:22 Jan 2013 11:41

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