Challenges of future urban settlements on the Moon and Mars

Challenges of future urban settlements on the Moon and Mars [May/2019]

On 13 May, Kedge Business and Design School with ESA and France’s national space Agency, CNES, held the second Global Space Economic Workshop on space habitat in Marseille, France. The Global Space Economic Workshop, or GSEW, brought together leaders of major space and non-space European stakeholders, from institutions, academia and commercial sectors, for interactive discussions on the challenges associated with settling in the long term on planetary surfaces. Several splinter sessions with executives of major space and non-space industries, academia, national authorities and ESA enabled discussions on new cross-cultural partnerships and promoted disruptive innovation. This furthered discussions from the previous GSEW@France workshop held in May 2018. The theme this time was Habitat in space – future urban settlements on the Moon & Mars (from pioneers to sedentariness or how to settle on another planet (a 20 to 30 years forecast)) Christophe Mouysset, Head of Entrepreneurship at Kedge, renewed the commitment of the business and design school to continue the cooperation with ESA and CNES on the three-year planned annual workshop on Habitat in Space. Francois Spiero, Strategic Roadmaps Manager at CNES, and Luca del Monte, Head of Industrial Policy at ESA, presented the perspectives of CNES and ESA in the framework of the GSEW cooperation, expressing the interests of the two organisations to continue the promotion of these initiatives which foster synergies between different sectors. 3D printing for building habitats in space 3D printing for building habitats in space Representatives from different sectors presented their projects and ideas on the subject. Members of the panel included: Naval Group, one of the main companies active in naval defence; Roboze, an Italian company active in the 3D printing technology; and CORIS Innovation, focusing on artificial intelligence, Internet-of-things, and robotics. The ESA Downstream Gateway group, the ‘one-stop shop’ service for all downstream opportunities, creating links between new and emerging business sectors and the capabilities being developed in ESA programmes, participated in this event. The workshop focus was organised within the overarching umbrella of enabling technologies for smart cities, useful also for space exploration. Working groups Working groups Kedge students participated at the workshop, presenting their space habitat research conclusions and preparing the working group session under the guidance of professors Aymeric Alandry, Fabrice Pincin and Susana Paixão-Barradas. At the end of the workshop, some of the participants proposed a project idea aimed at the monitoring of human conditions in extreme environments. The outcomes of this event will be presented during the Global Space Economic Forum this autumn, along with the conclusions of another GSEW event which took place in Italy on 29 May co-organised by The Aerospace Technological Cluster (DTA) in cooperation with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) on Space Cybersecurity.

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