(30/09/22) Eurasian Space Ventures (ESV) showcased an experimental space module at the Digital Bridge 2022 Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan earlier this week.
The ground-based experimental complex is one of the compartments of the space station in which researchers will conduct experiments.
“The purpose of creating the module is to simulate the main features of a manned flight into space,” said Shukhrat Ibragimov, Founder of Eurasian Space Ventures, member of the Board of Directors of Eurasian Bank. “We have studied all the testers’ needs and taken into account the best world practices used in work on the ISS, as well as within the projects of NASA, Roscosmos and the European Space Agency. Now Kazakhstan can provide them and other scientific circles with a unique platform for conducting various experiments in a closed environment.”
Now the forum has finished, the module has been given to the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary National Company for installation on the territory of the national space center in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city.
Aydin Aimbetov, Chairman of the Management Board of Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary NC JSC, the famous Kazakh cosmonaut and initiator of the module’s creation, said that experiments in the module would begin in the near future. According to him, the Kazakhstani experimental complex will be able to host hundreds of scientists in the future and open its doors to tourists who want to feel like members of the space crew.
A group of scientists and future astronauts will be sent on a long-term research mission to the space module. For the entire period of the experiment, the research team will be tested in a confined space, allowing the necessary data on the health and behavior of future crew members to be collected as well as their psychological compatibility, and to identify hotbeds of tension within the team while they perform technical tasks coming from the command post during the entire flight simulation experiment.
Technical Features of the Module
– The complex is a system of 4 modules – an engineering module with an imitation of a command post, a service module, a residential module and a life support module – with a total length of 24 meters, a width of 3.5 meters and a ceiling height of 2.1 to create conditions as close to space as possible.
– Up to 5 specialists can work in the command post at the same time. Workstations are equipped with touch controls and auxiliary screens that display on-board statistics. The service module in the form of a meeting room allows team work, communications with the station and plan problem solving.
– The residential module is equipped with everything necessary for human life and is divided into 3 zones: a compact kitchen with a dining room, a bedroom in the form of two bunk beds and closets for personal use, as well as a bathroom and mini-toilet.
– Each of the modules of the center can work independently, as it is directly connected to the life support module, inside which all communications are located.
– The thermal insulation in the module exceeds the standard of the urban environment by 3 times.
– The modules are equipped with an air supply and exhaust system, heating and air conditioning systems, climate control, as well as fire alarms and emergency exit.
– All modules are equipped with sound accompaniment, as well as smart lighting with the possibility of implementing various stay scenarios. Thanks to the smart automation system, there is the possibility of voice control for transmitting commands to all modules and controlling its parts, as well as the possibility of developing and adjusting various scenarios.
Eurasian Space Ventures is the first Kazakh private space company engaged in attracting the world’s leading companies and space industry technologies to the country.
The founder of ESV is Shukhrat Ibragimov, an entrepreneur, member of the Board of Managers of the ERG international mining company, and a member of the Board of Directors of Eurasian Bank and Eurasia IC.