ISU High Bay

With a ceiling height of over six meters,007 the ISU High Bay truly lives up to its name and can accommodate technical projects of any size. Projects ranging from space capsules to autonomous vehicles have called the High Bay home, and the facility is available to ISU partner institutions for collaborative projects.

At present the High Bay is host to two space related projects.


Self Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE)

ISU is proud to be the lead partner on the Self Deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE), a European Commission FP7 project. The goal of SHEE is to develop a deployable space analog habitat demonstrating technologies and architecture that may one day be used in extreme environment habitats on the Earth, Moon, and Mars. This project is a partnership between seven different companies and institutions representing five different European nations.

This habitat is designed to support two “astronauts” for missions of up to two weeks in duration. Construction was completed in July of 2015, after which the SHEE was shipped to ISU for validation and testing. ISU faculty and students will spend the next six months evaluating the habitat and delivering a report on their findings to the European Commission.

The SHEE will live in the ISU High Bay until April of 2016 when it will take part in a Mars Analog mission called Moonwalk in Rio Tinto, Spain.

More information on SHEE HERE.

More information on Moonwalk HERE.

Soviet VA Capsule

DSC02058Originally designed during the Soviet lunar program, the TKS spacecraft were built during the 1970s to service the Almaz military space stations. The “VA Capsule” served as the return module for the TKS spacecraft that brought the cosmonauts, or in the case of unmanned missions, surveillance equipment home after the completion of the mission. Flown successfully ten times, elements of the TKS project would later be seen in the Russian “Functional Cargo Block” program which forms one of the original elements of the International Space Station.

ISU is currently host to a VA capsule on loan from Excalibur Almaz.  This capsule is being studied by ISU Masters students as part of their individual research projects, and is a fascinating piece of spaceflight history.

More information on the VA capsule HERE.

More information on Excalibur Almaz HERE.