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INDIA'S FIRST AND ONLY LUNAR ANALOG HABITAT 
                          NDAH-KALPANA 1

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To know more about NDAH-KALPANA 1, check our under projects page on our website 

THE SPACE HABITAT - NDAH - KALPANA 1 is a Next-Gen Deployable Analog Habitat developed after extensive research with the goal to have a minimalist 

comfortable space for Astronauts on the Lunar surface. The habitat structure provides protection in extreme environments and resources in isolation. It has an undeployed area of 49 sq ft and 119 sq ft after deployment. It is a self-sustaining structure. The habitat is made up of airlock, EVA storage, a bio lab, a galley, crew quarters, hygiene cabin. It has a high degree of flexibility and modularity, allowing it to be adapted to various mission needs and scenarios. 

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THE LUNAR ANALOG EXPEDITION  (L.A.E.) - INDIA'S FIRST  LUNAR ANALOGUE SPACE  EXPLORATION PROGRAM 

A long-term space exploration program upsurges the risk factor in consensus to NASA Human Exploration. To mitigate these unforeseen risks, AAKA has come up with India’s First Earth-based Lunar Analog Expedition i.e, a simulation of the moon-like environment on the Earth!

                                                                                                                                                                       Moon is our next Halt!

Earth’s only natural satellite which was last trudged upon in 1972, would become our first gateway to outer space in the upcoming years. Being an extraterrestrial body in the closest proximity to the Earth, Moon, which would be a home to all the required resources in the upcoming years, would even serve as a fuel refilling station and a rehabilitation stop. With the existing technology, the journey to Mars is incomplete with a halt on the Moon. Moon would not only expand our horizons for deep space missions but also give a purpose to the youth for what's beyond the present. Setting up an actual locale on the Moon is still a long way, not an impossible one for sure!

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White Desert 

Ahmedabad

ABOUT L.A.E - Lunar Analog Expedition is India's first analogue space exploration program with the aim to simulate moon missions. AAKA Space Studio is offering a once-in - a lifetime opportunity for curious space enthusiasts to take part in a simulated space mission at their very own space research and training station. The first mission of the LAE was held in January 2023, in white desert. The crew consisted of members of AAKA Space Studio, who tested the space habitat, NDAH- KALPANA1, in extreme environment before opening it to Scientists, researchers and students. The LAE's first mission was a success, providing valuable insights into lunar environment and confirming that government organizations and space industry are capable of leading complex space missions. On this expedition the participants will gain insight into subjects like space architecture, extraterrestrial 3D printing, ancient civilization, virtual reality for space, isolation challenges, technological and engineering challenges, stargazing, hydroponics as well as get to experience extravehicular activities that mimic those of real- life astronauts. Also, they are able to take advantage of the numerous facilities provided inside space habitat. 

Analogue missions provide the opportunity to understand how a crew will interact in confirmed environments, allowing for the assessment of teamwork and dynamics. By providing scientists with the means to examine human responses to the extreme conditions in space, this research platform will serve as a valuable resource for exploring crewed missions and uncovering potential solutions that can make these missions more successful. Also, analogue missions provide  way to test equipment, procedures, and spaceflight concepts with less risk to human loss, analog missions allow for exploration that is free from the burden of worries about safety, allowing for a broader range of activities to be explored. 

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EXPEDITION (24TH DEC'22 - 8TH JAN'23) - INDIA'S FRIST ALL WOMEN CREW 

CREW - 6 | TOTAL EVA HOURS - 75 

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Nandini Gosai

Mission Specialist, Aerospace Engineer

Ammu Pradeep Kumar

EVA Specialist, Space Architecture Trainee

Aastha Kacha 

Crew Commander, Space Architect

Dhwani Vani 

Crew Scientist, Trainee

Ruchi Sharma 

Habitat Manager, Space Architect

Dhruvi Jasani

Crew psychologist

  • Harappan civilization site study - the crew studied past architectural and living ways dating back 4500 years, researched into implementing the study to future crew settlement on Lunar and Martian terrain. 

  • The crew spent 11 hours  of EVA activity consisting of deployment of exterior shell of NDAH-KALPANA 1 and fixing the interior. Such an EVA will permit the future participants to explore the space architecture and exploration station and gain access to its facilities and the environment to conduct the research 

  • The crew spent a total of 7 days to set up the BIOLAB consists of hydroponic mini-lab (supported by BRIO hydroponics), designed the algae panel and a soil testing operation. 

  • The spirulina algae provided daily protein to the crew. 

  • The crew hiked in isolation to learn about the ecology, collecting soil/rock samples. 

  • Other EVA activities performed were mechanical checks on the habitat, medical emergency task, stargazing, exterior cleaning of habitat etc. 

  • The crew tested the Virtual Reality for Space and 3D printed galley equipment. 

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