Scientific challenge

VITAE PROJECT is an artistic project made possible by scientific contributions: engineers, astrophysicist, designers … The choice of materials, the necessary techniques for its transport into space and for its installation on the lunar soil are an integral part of the project.

 

SCIENTIFIC TEAM

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Jean Audouze – Astrophysicist, Research Director Emeritus at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) Honorary President of the French National Commission for UNESCO President of « Graines de Paix » France

DASSAULT SYSTEMES – Scientific team led by Richard Breitner
SCOUTEK Ltd – Shaun Whitehead, UK, Technical director
INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY – Professor Chris Welch, Strasbourg,France
NIMESIS – Alain Hautecoeur Metz, France
MER FORTE – Michel Desjoyeaux, Denis Juhel, Port-La-Forêt, France
CMN – Pierre Balmer, Cherbourg, France
LASERLINES – Mark Tyrtania, UK

FEASIBILITY STUDIES CARRIED BY DASSAULT SYSTEMES

THERMAL SIMULATIONS

The amplitudes in temperature on the Moon vary from -170°C to + 120°C between a lunar night and a lunar day. The onboard electronics could not survive such extreme conditions. Computer Aided Design and Thermal simulations helped to validate solutions to meet that challenge.

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OPTICAL SIMULATIONS

Optical simulations have been used in an attempt to capture and focus solar beams of light in order to collect solar energy and power the onboard electronics.

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MECHANICAL SIMULATIONS

The Sculpture is deployed on the Moon surface thanks to natural resources only.  Built mostly with Shape Memory Materials , the Sculpture opens thanks to the Sun heat. Mechanical simulations helped to validate Shape Memory Materials behavior in lunar conditions.

Foam compression

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Launch to the ISS with SpaceX10

Before sending the sculpture to the moon and deploying it, we decided to carry out a test on Low Earth Orbit, aboard the International Space Station.
 As well as being symbolic and inspiring, the test will demonstrate the performance of the scupture ‘s deployment in microgravity.

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Cover image : Alain Dugousset / Dassault Systemes