Inspired by origami art: “Moon Ark” to be tested in Greenland

With NASA determined to return humans to the moon by 2024 through its Artemis program, many are turning their attention to the habitat of the next generation of explorers,media reported. Designers Sebastian Aristotelis and Karl-Johan S?rensen, from Denmark, are already busy developing an automatically expanded lunar module, which they plan to test in harsh conditions in northern Greenland.

The pair designed the Lunark to be inspired by origami art. While the idea of astronauts piecing together a habitat on the moon has its own appeal, in reality, low-gravity conditions and bulky spacesuits have left them with many problems in the process of building. So if the habitat can self-assemble itself as a more viable proposition, at least for early settlers.

The moon’s ark must be designed to be transportable, and for this reason Aristotelis used a compact aluminum frame for a light and sturdy purpose, landing on the moon’s surface with furniture, water and living resources that would be placed inside before extending to its final size.

Mounted on the aluminum frame are 328 separate panels, which are flexibly connected together in a certain structure to create a tank-like appearance, while the interior structure provides a fun, homely living environment for the occupants. These include soundproofed crew cabins to gain privacy space, and circadian rhythm boards that simulate different weather and daylight cycles to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.

The habitat also has a weather simulator that can use these panels and speakers to recreate stormy, sunny mornings or rainy afternoons, in order to break the monotony of space life. In addition, there is a nutritional algae reactor, solar panels to charge the battery, a vertical garden for growing fresh vegetables, and a 3D printer for on-site maintenance.

Aristotelis and S?rensen have been busy completing blueprints for the lunar ark habitat and completing prototype structurned, and they’ll build a suitable version. According to the model design, the capsule can accommodate two people. Later this year, the two designers plan to test in a real-world environment, currently in northern Greenland, where the tests will last three months.

To achieve this, Aristotelis is raising money on Kickstarter to build a full version of the Moon’s Ark.