ICAres-2 Project: Hyper-Ability and Accessibility in Space

Parastronaut Analog Missions (2023-2024) at LunAres Research Station


What is Parastronaut Analog Mission Project - ICAres-2?

LunAres Research Station is organizing a unique research project in 2023-2024, including 3 analog missions investigating the topic of hyper-ability and accessibility in space. The 3 analog missions will include 3 crew members with disabilities, creating unique research conditions for human spaceflight studies. Additionally, participants of ICAres-2 will be invited to participate in the extreme-environmental survival training. The training will include survival training in the air (white tactics), water (blue tactics), land (green tactics) and first-aid medical training (search and rescue). The training will be also part of the medical and psychological research and crew-building exercise.
With mission durations extended to long-term human presence in space, it is not a question of if, but when, accidents will occur. In case of missions further from Earth – the medical issue cannot be evacuated immediately. Any injuries suffered on Mars will have to be coped with on-site. The analog studies allow for accessible and affordable, preliminary and complex research in a controlled and safe environment, to study possible accident scenarios and their effect on the crew’s health. Integrating astronauts with (permanent and well-adapted to) disabilities into today’s spaceflight programs will help save a non-disabled astronaut with (temporary) injuries tomorrow. LunAres Research Station would like to create this unique opportunity and invite researchers and experts to investigate and explore the issue.
Source: a recent open letter in the Science Magazine aiming to start discussions around “ESA Parastronauts Feasibility Study - Disability in space: Aim high”. A paper was co-written by LunAres Medical Research Lead - MD Aleksander Waśniowski.

Project Goals

  • Promote and initiate inclusion of disability in human spaceflight and analog research.
  • Investigate how disability on Earth could improve astronauts' adaptability in space - aiming for hyper-ability. How the research on accessibility in analog space habitats sector could impact and contribute to the studies on astronauts' preparation, health and well-being in space.
  • Explore diversity in analog and space research on human factors. The scientific response to space travel sector expansion (space tourism and commercialisation) and the need for research on physical and mental distresses in space.
  • Integrate international collaboration communities interested in the topic of accessible spaceflights.
  • Allow researching and developing innovative designs to increase the safety, productivity and active participation of all astronauts during a space mission.
  • Create a possibility of the direct terrestrial spin-off, as a potential platform for advanced rehabilitation.
  • ICAres past and planned missions

    Past missions

    Planned missions

  • ICAres-2 M3 mission in 2024 (January)
  • M1.24 - Mission 1 in 2024 (February)
  • M3.24 - Mission 3 in 2024 (April)

    Documents and links

    learn more about the project ICAres-2 and missions characteristics

    Missions Manifest and General Information

    APPLY for the ICAres-2 mission

    Crew Call Application Form

    Learn more about research scope and proposals requirements for ICAres-2

    Research Call KIT

    Lunares Space