Multidisciplinary Investigation of System using Sintering Instrumentation Of the Next generation


Over the last decade, Space Architecture – the theory and practice of designing and building an environment for humans in outer space – has become an emerging issue in the context of future space exploration, and is increasingly seen as a fundamental requirement for supporting long-term space settlement and exploration on other planetary bodies. 

MISSION is an interdisciplinary research, which draws on ideas grounded in the Built Environment discipline. The research has rich implications for developing a better understanding of Space Architecture both theoretically and practically with a construction aspect. Through exploring and exploiting the links between the fields of the Built Environment and Planetary and Space Sciences through interdisciplinary research, the proposed project would usher in a new era of Built Environment technology, which changes the current paradigm of architectural and constructional culture.

This groundbreaking project will address important challenges of construction processes in an extra-terrestrial environment, investigate alternative construction processes and materials for Space Architecture – particularly on the Moon and Mars – and develop an appropriate Additive Manufacturing based robotic construction process. It will also investigate potential terrestrial applications, e.g. (i) new human habitation in extreme areas including undersea and Antarctic environments, and (ii) improved living standards in the developing world. The success of the proposed research would eventually support long-term scientific researches on and settlement of other planetary bodies beyond the Moon and Mars. We believe therefore our research would contribute significantly to the future by providing a foundation of one of humanity’s oldest dreams: Space Odyssey, a common interest across nations.   

Contact us

Dr Sungwoo Lim
Senior Research Fellow in Space Instrumentation
Tel: 01908 332126
Email: Sungwoo Lim

Dr Mahesh Anand
Professor in Planetary Science and Exploration
Tel: 01908 858551
Email: Mahesh Anand

School of Physical Sciences
The Open University
Milton Keynes