AMADEE-15 Mission, Kaunertal Glacier, Austria

In August 2015, the Austrian Space Forum and international partners conducted a two-week Mars simulation mission on a rock glacier in the Kaunertal, Austria. Directed by a Mission Support Center in Innsbruck/Austria, a small field crew conducted experiments preparing for future human Mars missions in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology and geosciences.

Analog astronauts in spacesuit simulators, in partnership with robotic vehicles, supported by an international Remote Science Support team emulated the exploration of the Martian surface.

AMADEE-15 Mission Report
(8.75 MB pdf)

The aims of AMADEE-15 are to…

  • Investigate the limitations and opportunities of studying a Martian (rock) glacier with human explorers, using state-of-the art instrumentation.
  • Test novel mission support strategies, decision making workflows and near-real time data analysis for flight planning.
  • Serve as a high-visibility showcasing of analog field research, including a dedicated education and outreach component

“The international AMADEE-15 mission is the highest everconducted Mars simulation studying a (rock) glacier like envisioned for a future human Mars mission.”


Experiment Organisation Kurzbeschreibung
Aouda.X/.S OeWF, AT Systemtests of the spacesuit simulator including voice recognition, data transfer and mobility/ergonomic tests
BCC Association Planete Mars, FR A balloon carried camera was tested to support astronauts during exploration.
CLIFFBOT CRV Association Planete Mars, FR Concept rover to have access to difficult-to-reach locations on Mars such as cliff strata.
Dental Treatment
on Mars – MaDe
Meusburger Dental Technic And Space-Craft Architektur, AT Technical feasibility of 3D Technology and dental technology
FOG OBRAM S.A., PL Experimental shower which operates with water mist.
Glacier – MASE Medical University Graz, AT / DLR, DE Sampling of glacier material and lifedetection experiments.
GPRoG University of Athens, GR Collecting of ground penetrating radar data to study the glacier
LICHEN University Warshaw, PL Measuring of lichen diameters and morain age dating via Schmidt hammer.
L.I.F.E University of Innsbruck, AT The L.I.F.E instrument (Laser-induced Fluorescence Emission) is a portable tool to detected microbes in extreme environments.
Puli Rocks Puli Space Technologies, HU Reliability and moving capabilities on extreme, hard terrain ist tested. Rover will be operated remotly from Hungary.
VEMES MarsSociety Italy, IT Virtual Mars Simulation incl. conducting virtual EVAs.
WoRIS Polish Academy of Sciences, PL
Investigation of the rate of cryoconite development and thermal conductivity of ice.

Industrial Partner

The AMADEE-15 Mars Simulation is supported by:
AMADEE-15 industrial partner

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