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Next-gen Origami Analog Habitat

About the habitat

Noah is a deployable habitat inspired by the old art of Japanese paper folding that can be used as an Intermediate shelter when the crew lands on Mars before the 3D printing using ISRU can start. It has the capability to transport from the starship to the surface of Mars and can be deployed between nine to twelve crew hours in partial gravity. Such an intermediate shelter is developed with extensive research with a core focus on human- centred design approach and now it is time to build and test the analog prototype.

Statistics of Analog Habitat 


Volume Increase


Diameter of the Habitat

1200 kg

Weight of Habitat


Number of Crew

10 yrs

Lifespan of Habitat

Statistics of Martian Habitat 


Volume Increase


Diameter of the Habitat

1901 kg

Weight of Habitat


Number of Crew

50 yrs

Lifespan of Habitat

Earth from Spaceship

Project approach

Mission Analysis


The first mission to Mars will be as long as 2.5 years. One of the prominent challenges is to keep the crew safe mentally, physically, socially and emotionally therefore it is crucial to create earth-like environment on Mars through the habitable volume 

Identifying Problems


There are no existing infrastructural facilities on Mars so a habitat is must.

Defining Challenges

Such a Habitat has to withstand the atmospheric, pressure difference, radiation, extreme temperature, reduced gravity, debris and dust challenges. 

Design Analysis


Volume and Mass is very important while designing a space habitat to minimize the payload and reduce the cost of the mission. Another such consideration is to identify the crew needs and accommodations through habitat facilities. Such facilities include, Airlock, dust mitigating before the entry into the habitat, EVA, kitchen and bath, crew private sleeping quarters, stowage, medical and bio lab 

Engineering Analysis

The materials of the habitat has to a solid structure with a high resistance towards radiation and debris. It should withstand a temperature from -100 degree celsius to plus 100 degree celsius over a longer period of time.In addition to this, it should be thermally and structurally sound. For such challenges, at AAKA, we perform thorough structural, aerodynamic, thermal, stress, radiation, energy and mechanical analysis through intensive research and development from the start to the end of the project.

Resource Analysis


At this stage of the project, we start by considering various costs involved not only to launch it for the Mars mission but also to test the design through prototype building.One of the crucial tasks is the financial risk assessment for the execution of the project from the start to the end. Followed by that, procurement of resources takes place 

Prototype Building / Testing

At AAKA, we are well equipped with the infrastructural facility to build the prototype and test at the preliminary stage. Noah is at the moment being constructed in an undisclosed location and will be shipped to North Canada in a remote location for over 3  months.

Project Timeline


December - May

Research and development


May - November

Procurement of Resources

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Expedition experiments

Virtual Reality for Space

Hydroponics Research

Mars Soil sample Testing

Extra Vehicular Activity

Deployment of Habitat

3D Printing of Mech. joints