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2020

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

Award-winning item
Space Development Technology Research Method [Antarctica Mobile Station Unit as Research platform]
Business Owner
MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD.
Category
Research and development method
Company
MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD. (Japan)
Misawa Homes Institute of Research and Development Co.,Ltd. (Japan)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)
Award Number
20G201365
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2020

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Outline

The Antarctica Mobile Station Unit is a collaborative research platform shared by Misawa Homes, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan's National Institute of Polar Research. The Antarctic offers a challenging environment in which to investigate new housing designs, technologies and systems, and to develop more sustainable homes as well as a crewed space exploration base.

Producer

MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD. - Misawa Homes Institute of Research and Development Co., Ltd. - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - National Institute of Polar Research

Director

KAGUYA project, Engineering Department, MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD.

Designer

KAGUYA project, Engineering Department, MISAWA HOMES CO., LTD.

More information

https://www.misawa.co.jp/nankyoku/idoukichi/

Already in service/use
2019/10/29

Evaluation

The Antarctic poses a number of challenges when installing new facilities, as construction has to be carried out by local research staff, because builders cannot be sent there, and efficient use must be made of the limited energy sources. To solve these problems, prefabrication technology was utilized to create an energy-efficient base unit requiring minimal construction. In fact, the observation that Antarctica shares these conditions with lunar bases and other space environments has led Misawa Homes to tap into the project in research with the National Institute of Polar Research and JAXA. We were impressed by the idea of using and enhancing prefabrication and housing technology in the polar environment to contribute to the construction of space stations and by the steady efforts to build up research in this area.

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