One of the biggest challenges for the habitat is transportability both for Greenland and for a future Moon mission. By combining the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with the method of biomimicry we have come to a lightweight and strong foldable structure. The challenge lies in translating origami into thicker panels that can still fold. The answer may lie in nature. The final hinge design is a compliant mechanism; it’s lightweight, strong, airtight, simple to manufacture and to maintain.
The Habitat Challenges
Exterior like a tank, interior like home. While introducing “hygge” and a stimulating internal space, the habitat has to face the following Arctic and lunar challenges:
Arctic Climate: Temperatures of -30°C and wind speeds of 90 km/h, requires a sturdy habitat with heavy insulation.
Transportable: Shipping stuff to the Moon or Greenland is expensive. We will develop a unique expanding design to save space during transport and maximise space after deployment.
Solar energy: The project simulates a mission to the peak of eternal light on the Moon, which has a similar day-night cycle to the Arctic day. We will take full advantage of this by integrating solar panels in the skin of the habitat and supply it with as much energy as possible.
Polar Bears: On the Moon, there is a risk of being hit by a meteor. In Greenland, you might get hit by a polar bear. The habitat must withstand a curious 650 kg polar bear.
Zero Waste Ecosystem: The habitat must leave no trace and recycle as much waste as possible.