Members

Miquel Sureda, Aeronautics and Space physics (SONet board)
Manel Soria, Space sciences, Thermal and Fluid Dynamics Engineering
Lluis Soler Turu, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Carles Sierra Roig, Electronic and Aeronautical Engineering
Laia Ribas Cabezas, Biological Sciences and Genetics
Owen Hughes Pearce, Architecture and Design Tutor (SONET board)
Robert Myhill, Seismology and Mineral Physics & Mars
Alfredo Muñoz, Architecture and Design (SONET board)
Michele Lavagna, Aerospace Science (SONET board)
Philipp Hartlieb, Mining Engineering (SONet board)
Prof. Mark Gaterell, Sustainable Construction & Environment
Enrique Garcia-Melendo, Planetary Atmospheres and Astronomy
Eric Fimbinger, Mining Engineering – Conveying Technology and Design Methods
Gisela Detrell, Life Support and Energy System (SONet board)
David de la Torre, Space Mission Design
Prof. David Cullen, Astrobiology and Space Biotechnology (SONet Board)
Joan-Pau Sanchez Cuartielles, Astrodynamics and Space Systems (SONet Board)
Prof. Ian Crawford, Planetary Science and Astrobiology
Prof. Ignasi Casanova, Planetary Exploration, Materials and Energy Technologies
Prof. Lucy Berthoud, Spacecraft Systems Engineering (SONet board)
Rory Barnes, Astrobiology, Virtual Reality, Numerical Modelling of Complex Systems
Miquel Banchs-Piqué, Resilience, Futures Analysis and Energy Sustainability
Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Astronomy and Space Sciences (SONet board)

Profiles

Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Astronomy and Space Sciences (SONet board)

Institute of Space Sciences/CSIC, Spain. Apart from my work on extra-solar planets, I am interested in high-level architectural design of an off-world settlement with the short term goal of organising a multidisciplinary effort to build a sustainable and self-replicable demonstrator on Earth. Next time we set foot on another world, we do it sustainably.
Projects : High level architectural system design for an Earth demonstrator; space resources and value chains in space; and scientific and literature curation.
Contact: anglada at ieec.cat, Twitter : @GuillemAnglada

Miquel Banchs-Piqué, Resilience, Futures Analysis and Energy Sustainability

School of Civil Engineering and Surveying(SCES), University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. I am interested in improving the resilience of the energy system and its interaction with the Earth system as a whole. The effort of designing a self-sustainable off-world settlement will surely give us insights to help us find better solutions for our problems here on Earth.
Projects : Development of a range of future scenarios for off-world settlements against which to test designs and improve their resilience.
Contact : miquel.banchs-pique at port.ac.uk , Twitter: @mikbp23

Rory Barnes, Astrobiology, Virtual Reality, Numerical Modelling of Complex Systems

University of Washington, Department of Astronomy, United States of America
Projects :1) Numerical modelling of environments and the interaction of machines with those environments using my software program VPLanet as a starting point. This code is modular and can be modified to handle any generic problem that can be represented by ordinary/partial differential equations and/or explicit analytic functions., 2) Development of a virtual reality environment to simulate an off-world colony. As co-founder and chief scientist of VR Ulysses Inc., I can direct our team to build virtual representations of the colonies that allow team members and others to virtually experience designs.
Contact : rory at astro.washington.edu

Prof. Lucy Berthoud, Spacecraft Systems Engineering (SONet board)

University of Bristol, Department of Areospace Engineering, United Kingdom, As a space systems engineer, I have worked on spacecraft missions to Mars, Mars sample return missions and high containment buildings for housing Mars samples on Earth. I have given a TEDx talk on Life on Mars and do research on sustainable technologies for Martian habitats.
Projects : Mars Express, Mars Sample Return mission, H2020 EURO-CARES, technical advisor to ‘Building a Martian House’ project led by the artists Ella and Nicki,
Contact: lucy.berthoud at bristol.ac.uk, Twitter : @lucy_berthoud

Prof. Ignasi Casanova, Planetary Exploration, Materials and Energy Technologies

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Institute of Energy Technologies (INTE) & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spain. Prof. Casanova holds a PhD in geochemistry and a degree in geology, he has taken over the position of director of INTE . Associated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the UPC, Casanova is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus PhD program in Sustainable Energy Services (Select+). He has previously worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the University of Chicago, all three in the U.S. He has also been a member of the European Space Agency’s Advisory Board on New Exploration Technologies and has participated in a number of space missions to the Moon and Mars.
Projects : Exploration and in-situ resource utilization in permanent Lunar and Martian settlements.
Contact: ignasi.casanova at upc.edu

Prof. Ian Crawford, Planetary Science and Astrobiology

Birckbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom. I am interested in the identification and use of lunar resources for establishing a space-based economy which, ultimately, may lead to the evolution of a space-faring civilisation in the Solar System. I am also interested in developing the Moon to facilitate a range of scientific objectives, including lunar geology, observational astronomy, and astrobiology.
Projects : Research in lunar science, lunar resources and in-situ-resource-utilization.
Contact: i.crawford at bbk.ac.uk

Prof. David Cullen, Astrobiology and Space Biotechnology (SONet Board)

Space Group at University of Cranfield, United Kingdom. Given my biochemistry and biotechnology background, my current interests include the application of biotechnology to all aspects of activities beyond the confines of the Earth. This started with a leadership involvement with the Life Marker Chip instrument selected for the original ESA ExoMars instrument payload and now involves activities and interests ranging from CubeSat and bio-CubeSat payloads for bioscience and ISRU demonstration.
Projects : Applications through to consideration of biotechnology for ISRU involved with future planetary settlements – applications ranging from life support to bioleaching/biomining, biologically produced materials for settlement construction and manufacture and bioreactors for rocket propellant production on Mars.
Contact: d.cullen at cranfield.ac.uk

David de la Torre, Space Mission Design

Dept. de Fisica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. My BSc is in Aerospace Engineering and I am currently finishing my PhD at UPC. I have been working as Visiting Researcher at the European Space Operation Center (ESOC), and participated in the CDF studies of Ice Giants and L-BEAM, and I have carried out the implementation of a low-thrust method for trajectory design. I have worked as a researcher at the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia participating in the feasibility study of ESA’s Small Mars Satellite. I am highly interested in space research and mission design, numerical methods applied to engineering, distributed computing, and software engineering in general.
Projects : Space mission design projects, especially at Phase-0 and Phase-1, either applied to real missions or case studies. Software development/engineering projects, including implementation, validation and testing. Data mining and processing, especially applied to large databases/datasets via parallel computing. And, in general, any project that brings together the space sector and software engineering.
Contact : david.de.la.torre.sangra@upc.es

Gisela Detrell, Life Support and Energy System (SONet board)

Institute of Space Systems/University of Stuttgart, Germany. I am interested in general on how to maintain humans alive in space as independent as possible from Earth resources, shall it be in a space station around the Earth, in the Moon or Mars, or wherever the future might bring us. My current research is focused on the use of biological systems – microalgae – which are a potential good candidate for future human missions. Our algae have been so far to the ISS, we hope send them beyond that!
Projects : Photobioreactor – PBR@LSR; Microalgae research for O2 and Food production for space applicaitons; Technology transfer of microalgae based systems for Water processing on Earth.
Contact: detrell at irs.uni-stuttgart.de

Eric Fimbinger, Mining Engineering – Conveying Technology and Design Methods

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (University of Leoben), Austria. I am specialised in conveying technology (chair of the department), and I am interested in contributing to the topic of material handling in space. For the extension of earthbound boundaries into space, the processing and transportation of resources are fundamental. To ensure the functionality of systems with material movements, the unusual environmental conditions in space must be taken into account accordingly.
Projects: Numerical simulation (DEM) and mechanical engineering design, specialised in conveying technology and material handling.
Contact: eric.fimbinger at unileoben.ac.at, LinkedIn: Eric Fimbinger

Enrique García-Melendo, Planetary Atmospheres and Astronomy

Dept. de Fisica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. My main research interests are planetary atmospheres of the solar system. I have been focusing on the atmospheres of the gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, and the study of prominent phenomena such as planetary scale storms, waves, general circulation, etc. But I am also interested in the atmospheres of terrestrial planets. I am member of the TUAREG Research Group at UPC and a collaborator of the GCP (Planetary Sciences Group) at Universidad del País Vasco.
Projects : Numerical modelling of the weather layer of planetary atmospheres, and study of atmospheric phenomena from mesoscale to planetary scale.
Contact : enrique.garcia.melendo at upc.es

Philipp Hartlieb, Mining Engineering (SONet board)

Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria. My major area of research is excavation and fragmentation of rocks (on earth). I am interested in applying these techniques and principles to extra-terrestrial resources, where processes differ significantly due to lack of gravitation and atmosphere. Off-world settlements can only be sustainable if they can produce their own resources.
Projects : Alternative rock fragmentation concepts, blast optimisation, sustainable use of raw materials.
Contact: Philipp.hartlieb at unileoben.ac.at, Twitter: @HartliebPhilipp

Prof. Michele Lavagna, Aerospace Science (SONet board)

Politecnico di Milano, Italy. I’m leading the ASTRA group, who is involved in many space exploration and system engineering researchers. Of particular interest are the field of ISRU from the processes and the technology development perspective, the Artificial Intelligence techniques exploitation for on-board autonomy and system\mission robustness increase, the cubesats-like systems implementation, the implementation of ground-based facilities\infrastructures for space exploration TRL increase.
Projects : Applications related to ISRU (greenhouse and 3D printing included).
Contact: michelle.lavagna at polimi.it

Alfredo Muñoz, Architecture and design (SONET board)

ABIBOO Studio, USA/Spain/India. As a teenager, I had two passions: Astrophysics and Architecture. I made it to the final national competition of Physics in Spain and, while being there, I realized that there were many smarter people to lead the discovery of the outer space… so I settled to learn how to “create” space on Earth. Since then I had the fortune to explore and work in five continents following my other passion: Architecture. I cannot wait to contribute to inventing the material framework for a permanent settlement in an off-world.
Projects : In my career, I built experience designing small- and large-scale projects with a total area of 6 million square meters, equivalent to approximately 25-times the area of the Empire State Building..
Contact: amunoz at abiboo.com

Robert Myhill, Seismology and Mineral Physics & Mars

University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom. I am currently a member of NASA’s InSight Science Team, investigating the geophysical properties of Mars. I am interested in the insights provided by geophysics and geological sciences into off-world investigation, habitability and resource development.
Projects : Evolution of the inner solar system; off-world scientific exploration and resource management.
Contact: bob.myhill at bristol.ac.uk

Owen Hughes Pearce, Architecture and Design Tutor (SONET board)

PEARCE+ / Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. I am a director of Pearce+ and a design tutor at the Oxford School of Architecture. My work is always at the fringes of the profession, either by investigating extreme architectural environments in Antarctica and on Mars or through non-physical, digital architectural possibilities. I am a design tutor at Oxford Brookes University with projects focusing on generational issues, hyper technology, future cities, social cohesion in high-rise housing, communication networks and issues on generation Z/Y/Z. The latest research project focuses on improving social cohesion and reducing loneliness in high-density housing on Earth and Mars.
Projects : Building the Martian House, Bristol; Ontological World Enabling Network – Virtual Reality Social Networks
Contact: owen at pearce-plus.com , www.pearce-plus.com

Joan-Pau Sanchez Cuartielles, Astrodynamics and Space Systems (SONet Board)

Space Group at University of Cranfield, United Kingdom. My research interests, and expertise, focuses on Mission Analysis, including its full synergies with space system engineering. Most of my recent work addresses issues with regards the trajectory design and navigation capabilities of near and mid-term space missions. Moreover, I am also interested in visionary concepts and macro-engineering space projects for future space ventures. This includes past work on asteroid mining, space based geo-engineering and terraforming.
Projects : Projects: Interplanetary transfer design; asteroid retrieval missions and in-space resources utilization; space based solar radiation management techniques for climate engineering.
Contact: jp.sanchez at cranfield.ac.uk, linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpausanchez/

Laia Ribas Cabezas, Biological Sciences and Genetics

Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM/CSIC). Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM/CSIC). My research and work is at the crossroad of biology, aquaculture, fish physiology, reproduction & Immunology, genomics and epigenetics. I am interested in SONet because it creates multidisciplinary projects to achieve the development of human activities on other planets. In a new extraterrestrial scenario, the biology of novel ecosystems will be sustained under new environmental pressures that will modify the standard physiological aspects. Thus, for the sustainability of the human activities in the space and planetary bodies, it is required to evaluate the physiological alterations of the living organism in the extraterrestrial ecosystems. Here, the lasting effects of the exposition to novel environments will be studied at the cellular and molecular level of the exposed living organisms.
Projects : I am interested in developing a project is based on a battery of biological analysis (from physiology to genomics, including epigenetics) to further explore the biological adaptations to new environments of those living organisms that are pressure to live in an extraterrestrial ecosystem. Such study can generate new molecular space-markers that can help us to better understand the underlying biological mechanisms required for living in extraterrestrial environments.
Contact: lribas at icm.csic.es

Carles Sierra Roig, Electronic and Aeronautic Engineering

Institut of Space Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) & Institute of Space Sciences (ICE/CSIC), Spain. Given my electronics and aeronautical backgrounds, my current interests include design, manufacture and test Hi-Rel electronics for big ESA missions and CubeSats, as well as the application of low cost electronics to typical Hi-Rel systems using the proper architectures to maintain or increase overall reliability. This started with me getting involved in ARIEL and LISA missions, developing several metrology and control electronics for different instruments and mechanisms (still on-going), and continued with the C3SatP system, a powerful, versatile and reliable CubeSat computer for high demand applications (MCU + MPSoC + SDR).
Projects : manufacture and test Hi-Rel electronics for big ESA missions and CubeSats, as well as the application of low cost electronics to typical Hi-Rel systems
Contact: sierra at ice.csic.es linkedin : www.linkedin.com/in/carles-sierra-roig

Lluis Soler Turu, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Department, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain. My main research line is focused on heterogeneous catalysis for energy and environmental applications. Up to now, I have open collaborations with the University of Udine (Italy), the Institute of Research on Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELyon, France), the Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden, Germany), the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Germany), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and the ALBA synchrotron.
Projects : Solar synthesis of fuels and chemical compounds by thermochemical redox cycles with Mars minerals.
Contact: lluis.soler.turu at upc.edu

Manel Soria, Space Sciences, Thermal and Fluid Dynamics Engineering

Departament de Fisica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. My research work has been oriented to the numerical modelling of fluid dynamics phenomena (planetary atmospheres, aeroacoustics, heat transfer, aerodynamics) along two complementary lines: 1-Development of algorithms and simulation codes for LES /DNS with parallel computers; 2-Application of high performance CFD codes to science and engineering problems.
Projects : I am interested in developing and participating in projects related to planetary exploration, thermal control, planetary atmospheres and computational fluid dynamics
Contact: manel.soria at upc.es

Miquel Sureda, Aeronautics and Space physics (SONet board)

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Aerospace Section, Spain. I coordinate the Master’s Degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering at UPC. My research is focused on CubeSat mission design, Very Low Earth Orbit applications for Earth Observation and Moon/Mars mission architecture. I see SONet as a sci-fi portal to help build the future!
Projects : Mars mission architecture optimisation ; space resources ; space science communication.
Contact : miquel.sureda at upc.edu, Twitter: @Gaia_Ciencia


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