Research and development strategy of Lunares research station in Piła
Lunares Habitat is a research station based in Piła, which enables conducting similar manned lunar and Martian missions. The base provides test equipment and isolation conditions, including its own day/night length setting and an isolated hangar for extravehicular activity (outside the habitat). The research and development strategy of Lunares aims to create a space in which experiments can be carried out continuously through subsequent missions. Continuity of research is assured by three major research programs: Noah's Ark, Healing Space and PUMA-1.
As part of the Noah's Ark program, we are working on the development of self-contained micro-biosystems that in the future in the space base conditions (as well as in extreme environments on Earth) can serve as a closed biosystem for the production of food, medicines, fabrics, fuel and building construction components. Individual components of such biosystems could serve as bioindicators (for example pollution or radiation), and together they would create a microclimate of the habitat.
Healing Space is a program that focuses on issues related to the rehabilitation of astronauts experiencing microgravity during long-term space missions. Modeling such situations is possible thanks to the innovative idea of including people with inherited or acquired disabilities in the analog crew of astronauts. The biomedical part of the Healing Space project covers various aspects of the impact of isolation on humans, including psychology and possible changes in the central nervous system, and the use of systems based on telemedicine and the use of artificial intelligence in medicine. The Healing Space program aims to develop effective rehabilitation programs for future astronauts during long space flights, but also benefits from the possibility of using these programs to rehabilitate people with disabilities in current earth conditions. It also creates new opportunities for people with disabilities through involvement in the Lunares research and development project PUMA-1 (Protective Universal Modular Armor-1) is an engineering project aimed at constructing an analog and ultimately a fully functional space suit for Martian and Lunar missions. As part of this project, we examine aspects of mobility in microgravity, radiological protection, remote communication and telemedicine evaluation of astronauts. At the intersection of the PUMA-1 and Healing Space programs, we are looking for solutions customised to the needs of disabled astronauts.
The interdisciplinary nature of these three programs allows us not only to carry out projects in the Lunares base during analogue missions, but also to cooperate with specialized laboratories in academic and industrial centers to maximize continuity of research, enabling more efficient implementation of grants and implementation of inventions and procedures generated in the Base