ISU and ENSAS collaborating on SpaceTech and Greentech

Monday 6th February 2017 saw the execution and concretization of an agreement signed a few months ago between the International Space University (ISU) and the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg (ENSAS).

ensasMs. Sara Reichert, acting director of ENSAS re-iterated in her welcome speech, the importance of this unique collaboration, which consists in the first instance in:

• A participation of ISU in a one-week course “Master Class Space Architecture and Engineering – between SpaceTech and GreenTech”, from 6 to 10 February 2017
• A co-supervision by ENSAS of a Master B thesis carried out by Marina Lemberg MSS08, entitled “From Spacetech to Greentech”.

Prof. Emmanuel Dufrasnes, a lecturer and researcher at ENSAS kicked off this week reminding the architecture, engineering, physician and aerospace students of the six higher education schools taking part, the objective of this workshop:

“The aim will be to design a prototype of a Lunar or Martian base of 75m2 using the sun as main source of energy”.

The master class combines through ENSAS, ECAM (engineering school), IUT Robert Schumann of Unistra, the Faculty of Physics and engineering of Unistra, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and ISU a framework of excellency in order to accelerate innovation, technology transferts and synergies between education, research and industries.

Prof. Jean-Jacques Favier laid out to the 100 plus audience some useful elements, ie microgravity, temperature differences, no breathable atmosphere, cosmic radiation, how to live and work in space to take into consideration when designing a habitat for space. Part of the academic team is also MSM08 Ondrej Doule an assistant professor at FIT and initiator of the SHEE project. He has a similar profile to the students seating in the auditorium and said:

“I will be accompanying the students in their project this week. And share the experience I have acquired on planetary based architectures.”

A host of questions arose from the audience. One student wonders if the water on Mars could be used for a habitat on that planet. Another one questions the credibility of private projects like Mars one. Prof. Dufrasnes can be confident that the collaboration with ISU and this off-beat approach via space to getting architects and engineers to working together promises to deliver some interesting extra-terrestrial habitats!