Self-deployable, portable habitat (human dwelling) technology for extreme environments with light, airtight and robust structure with the high packing ratio above 1:5 (packed : deployed).



Technology abstract

The offered self-deployable habitat technology is being developed in the Czech Republic by a consortium of SMEs and Universities under leadership of Sobriety s.r.o.. This technology can be used as an easily portable, thermally and acoustically insulated rescue habitats or a temporary human dwelling in general for professionals and hobbyist.

I see a big potential of application in many sectors as the company is quite flexible in adjusting the design to fit the specific needs. Even if the company is a SME, it is rapidly expanding and delivering ambitious results.

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Technology Description

This habitat technology has utility characteristics of a real house but very good portability. Besides the original purpose of this technology which is an effective integration of self-deployable architecture and robotics for space applications in extreme environments, such as those on Moon and Mars, we see the huge potential for this technology also in terrestrial utilisation e.g. like temporary human dwelling in disaster zones (natural and man-made humanitarian disasters), where can for example provide people who lost their homes with long-term accommodation or rescue workers with operation centre. These temporary human dwelling can be auto-assembled anywhere without the need of immediate connection to an infrastructure. Also research in terrestrial extreme environments like arctic, jungle, ect. often requires long term presence of scientists, explorers and researchers in hostile environments, where is limited or missing technical infrastructure and human resources to deploy their bases in hostile environments. But we see a huge potential for mass utilisation of this technology also in an environment that is not extreme by hobbyist, athlets, sightseers. Our expertise lets us to link our own specific know-how with advanced materials and technologies into functional, versatile and robust self-deployable habitats.

Innovations & Advantages

Our technology which is being further developed is a natural continuation of the currently finalized Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE), the first space base simulator funded and developed by Europe [see] that has been initiated by the Czech companies also forming this consortium. The three-year project in the EU 7th FP Space, where in addition to Czech researchers, experts from France, Austria, Belgium and Estonia, coming from seven partner institutions, contributed to the project. The tests of SHEE identified two major weaknesses. The SHEE total mass is 6 tons and the packing ratio is below 1:2 (packed : deployed). Our further developed solution to these critical issues using light, high-strength materials and innovative folding patterns. These materials allow for more efficient system architecture of lower mass below targeted 2 tons and higher packing ratio above targeted 1:5 which has more potential for mass production and commercial applications.

Further Information

Light, airtight, pressurizable, self-deployable habitat from rigid panels
Very well thermally and acoustically insulated robust structure
Packing volume ratio above 1:5 (packed : deployed) - our latest studies confirm even 1:8
Diameter of footprint in the packed state 2 meters
Diameter of footprint in the deployed (operational) state 6 meters

Current and Potential Domains of Application

composite material, sandwich material, robotics, deployable structure
The potential of our self-deployable habitat technology for terrestrial applications lies in the support and protection of humans exposed to natural or man-made disasters. The utilisation of rapidly self-deployable habitats that do not require any infrastructure for their operation may become an essential part of a post-disaster management. Its self-deployable capability, effective
packing and subsystems autonomy provide people who lost their homes with
long-term accommodation which is rapidly auto-assembled without the need of immediate connection to an infrastructure.
Scientists, explorers and researchers are also often limited by the technical
infrastructure and their capability to deploy their bases in remote and often also extreme environments where is no heavy machinery available for classical methods of construction. This technology enables their permanent
presence without any ecological footprint and has a great potential everywhere where is necessary to mitigate construction safety risks, reduce construction costs and compact transportation size.