This fall was big for LUNARK! There are a lot of exciting things, so let’s get started...
We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with CraftUnique, the creators of our long-time favorite 3D printer 'CraftBot'. Large parts of the final habitat will be 3D printed, therefore we need an army of 3D printers. CraftUnique is supplying the mission with 11 powerful printers; we have received the first 4 printers which we will test and use for prototyping during the next month.
CraftUnique will also provide the printer which we will bring to Greenland during the mission. We will do a whole separate update on the 3D printing aspect of the habitat and our partnership with CraftUnique in a future newsletter, so stay tuned!
We are also excited to announce that we have officially moved SAGA and the whole LUNARK team to betaFACTORY, a former factory hall and now large workshop, to start developing our full-scale prototype on the same machines we will use for our final habitat. betaFACTORY is the frame for the next phases of our mission, providing space, expertise, and all the necessary equipment to build a habitat strong enough for the extreme Arctic climate.
We are proud to say that Statens Kunstfond (Danish Arts Foundation), the largest art and architecture foundation in Denmark, has decided to support LUNARK with a grant. This will not just provide the project with financial support, but also shows that they believe in our vision to inspire people by pushing the boundaries of space exploration and habitat design. In the extreme Arctic climate and especially outer space, the spinoffs of the mission can create innovation for the built environment. Innovation includes better-insulated facades, energy-efficient living, and a healthy indoor environment.
Vertical Garden for the habitat
Yasai, a team of vertical farming experts, is designing and building a Vertical Farming Curtain that will be integrated into the habitat. Yasai wants to offer space explorers of the future fresh and nutritious plants to support their well-being, physically and psychologically.
Yasai is testing the system for the habitat right now, and the first plants are sprouting. Soon we will be able to taste the first fresh samples.
“By testing circular systems in space habitats, we can learn more about sustainable methods that we can apply to our giant spaceship called Earth. Let's expand our horizons by growing vertical within the LUNARK Project. We are very happy to be part of this mission and look forward to its progress!” - Yasai
Zero Day Nutrition
We have partnered up with Zero Day Nutrition which will provide all food, nutrients and performance enhancers for the mission.
Zero Day Nutrition is a Research & Development and manufacturing hub located just outside of Houston, TX. It is the ambition of Zero Day Nutra to work both within the private sector to develop next-generation nutritional products while researching applications for space and defense
Karl-Johan and Sebastian, our analogue astronauts will start using the products from mid-November to ensure their bodies react correctly to the food, flavors, and supplements.
We’ll be sharing updates like this one going forward, so you can follow the project closely as it unfolds. If you have any questions about the project, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.