The habitat SHEE (Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments) is an impressive piece of hardware with a diameter of 6 m and is weighting more than 5 tonnes with all systems installed. In unfolded state it can be transported by a normal truck, in a container on a ship or by air. It is designed to give two astronauts habitation for two weeks on the surface of the Moon or Mars (or Earth). Therefore it would allow surface missions with a duration of two weeks. SHEE could also be the initial habitat for longer missions when additional habitats need some preparations to allow a longer stay of the crew.
The Mars analogue mission of project MoonWalk at the Rio Tinto site in Spain is the first mission where the SHEE was deployed. Therefore it is the first real test for the SHEE.
I had the pleasure to get a tour through the SHEE hab. My tour guide was Dr. Barbara Imhof of the LIQUIFER Systems Group. Many thanks for the very interesting tour, Barbara!
And during this tour I took some images for you. Just follow me on a tour through the SHEE !
Impressive, right? In a hab of this size and capability I could travel to the edge of the universe, couldn’t I? . 😉
More information about the SHEE habitat can be found at this website: http://www.shee.eu/news
Part 1: The YEMO robotic rover
Part 3: Going On A Mars Walk