LUNARK space habitat

LUNARK rumhabitat

Photo: SAGA Space Architects

There is a good chance humans will be populating outer space in the future – but the physical conditions in space are very different from what we know.

The temperatures are more extreme, daylight follows a different rhythm, and the weather behaves in a different way.

That is why the Danish architects from SAGA Space Architects are trying to create living spaces to accommodate humans on the moon. The goal is not just to make humans survive, but to make sure we thrive in the alien climate.

EN AW-6060 and EN AW-6082 profiles

For the team’s latest project, the LUNARK space habitat, Alumeco supplied aluminium profiles in the alloys EN AW-6060 and EN AW-6082. They are characterised by their malleability and their high resistance to corrosion.

The alloys are also known as marine grade aluminium because of their high corrosion resistance, and they are used for e.g. offshore wind farms.

Working with Alumeco

SAGA Space Architects shared a few words on working with Alumeco:

The people at Alumeco are easy to work with, and they have great products and alloys that work in the arctic environment. We were given good and fixed prices, and they were good at answering all our questions.

The profiles from Alumeco form the central structure of the habitat. The surface of the habitat is covered in solar panels to make the habitat self-sufficient with energy.

Test mission in Greenland

To test the materials and the functionality of the habitat in a realistic environment, SAGA Space Architects went on a test mission in northern Greenland in the fall of 2020. The dark, cold and stormy arctic climate was to be the ultimate test of the habitat.

Luckily, the expedition went well and gave the team valuable knowledge for further development of the habitat.

The mission was documented for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR2) in the series Eksperimentet: 60 dage på månen.