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Where to look for life on Mars?

Where to look for life on Mars?

Sophie Gruber, physics student at the University of Innsbruck and OeWF member is about to finish her Bachelor thesis. The Austrian Space Forum supported her research topic. In this blog post, she explains her thesis: Where to look for life […]
Revamping Aouda.X to a rear entry spacesuit design

Revamping Aouda.X to a rear entry spacesuit design

Anjana Jegatheesan, a master student in Space Science and Technology of the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, has been staying with us for a while now to work on improving our Aouda spacesuit simulator. Her newest blog will give […]
Gesture control system, or: How to speed up note taking

Gesture control system, or: How to speed up note taking

Max Lell is currently staying with the Austrian Space Forum, doing his master thesis on the Aouda space suit simulator. In this week’s blog, he explains his research. How did you get in there and how is it to work […]
Remote villages on Earth can teach us about living on Mars

Remote villages on Earth can teach us about living on Mars

When looking to settle down beyond Earth, on Mars or the Moon for example, we often focus almost exclusively on the technological aspects. We are researching how to build and land spaceships that can take humans safely to their new […]
New IT hardware for OeWF Mars simulations

New IT hardware for OeWF Mars simulations

For many years, the OeWF has conducted simulations of human missions to Mars. The main motivation for this is science, and the main attention during such missions goes to our analog astronauts. But behind the scenes, there are many support […]
Journey to Mars, waypoint Oman

Journey to Mars, waypoint Oman

Or: Part two of a traveller´s report on selecting a test site for Mars simulations I hope you enjoyed the first part of my blog, filled with personal insights of the scouting mission in Israel. Now, I would like to […]
Journey to Mars, waypoint Israel

Journey to Mars, waypoint Israel

Our scouting team travelled to Israel and Oman in March 2017 to find suitable site locations for our next big #simulateMars mission. Sophie Gruber was part of the scouting team and describes her impressions about the scouting activities in Israel.
Aouda.X Locomotion in Martian, Lunar, and Earth Gravities

Aouda.X Locomotion in Martian, Lunar, and Earth Gravities

Our intern Elizabeth Young reports about her work on the upcoming Aouda.X locomotion test campaign and how Martian and Lunar gravities can be simulated via a vertical treadmill. Watch the video to see the vertical treadmill in action.
US space policy under a new administration – Making sense of the transition

US space policy under a new administration – Making sense of the transition

n the 8th of November 2016, the citizens of the United States elected a new president, and on the 20th of January 2017, Donald Trump was sworn into office to replace Barack Obama and become the 45th President of the […]
To space and back

To space and back

The winners of the Born2Explore student contest at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne On February 16-17, 2017, the students Michael Berghold, Leon Sereinig and Matthias Kaplan visited ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, organized by the Austrian Space Forum […]

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