Today, Thursday 24 March, the University of Adelaide launched its new Exterres Laboratory. The lab, which is the first of its kind in Australia, is an off-Earth surface testing environment for space technology like rovers, which are destined for the furthest reaches of the universe.
The University of Adelaide’s Professor Matthew Gilliham is guiding a session on the technologies needed to support long-term space habitation at the Andy Thomas Space Foundation 13th Australian Space Forum.
Research that could help materials be found in space more easily, enable satellites to swarm together and extend the reach of telecommunications is being kick-started by new funding. The projects, headed by scientists at the University of Adelaide, will contribute to investigating the feasibility of deep space exploration to destinations such as Mars.
A batch of pills will be on its way into space where they will be placed on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) to test how they withstand the full effects of zero gravity, extreme temperatures and some of the highest levels of radiation found beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.
The future of deep space exploration depends on developing technology which enables astronauts to sustainably use resources where they find them.