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Designing human outposts in extreme environments is a particularly challenging process due to the multiplicity of factors involved. Resources utilization, protection from radiations, micrometeoroids impacts, atmosphere containment are just some of the co-dependencies that Space architects and mission designers have to consider in the preliminary de...
The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the possibility of using existing solutions and concepts developed and used for earth applications as a design architecture for outer-space habitats. The future habitats/cities will need to evolve constantly, fixing a form, a system or a program is not the solution to adapt to an environment that we will lea...
With 50 million kilometers and a 20-minute communication delay separating Mars explorers from Earth’s resources and support, human missions to the red planet will be characterized by an unprecedented amount of autonomy and independence. In order to alleviate the logistics within Mars orbit, the SICSA team at the University of Houston is proposing a...
Closed-loop RECLS system for long duration missions: It will be necessary to include all output elements back into the system for long-duration missions outside of our planet. The goal of having a greenhouse module attached to every kind of mission is to permit long duration missions without the need for cargo resupply. Accelerated plant growth: Th...