World’s tallest 3D printed structure simulates life in space


What would it take to live well in space? This is not a new question, but one that children are tackling in a new way at the Institut auf dem Rosenberg, a boarding school for 6-18 year olds in Switzerland. The Rosenberg Space Habitat, created in collaboration with SAGA Space Architects, is an experimental laboratory where students will explore what it will take to live beyond Earth’s atmosphere without leaving the ground.

The habitat is the world’s tallest 3D-printed polymer structure at 23 feet tall, designed to fit inside a SpaceX Starship rocket. Constructed from durable materials, the three-story building can accommodate two crew members while they research, relax and sleep. The habitat provides hands-on learning about maintaining good mental and physical health in space, as well as hardware and software to monitor the environment and conduct remote missions. In partnership with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the habitat also includes a robot dog that can take automated walks to collect data.

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According to Bernhard Gademann, Director of the Institut auf dem Rosenberg, “Our goal is to provide future leaders with early exposure to the question of advanced space exploration, enabling our students to approach and solve these complex questions of a collaborative and holistic point of view.”

“This is just the beginning of the habitat, and now the research and education begins,” said SAGA Space Architects founder Sebastian Frederiksen. “I hope we will learn a lot about life on the moon.”

Source: Institute auf dem Rosenberg


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