On October 14-16, 2022, the "Air & Space Days" took place again at the Swiss Museum of Transport. During the 3 days everything revolved around aerospace. The Lucerne School of Engineering & Architecture was represented by the Bioscience and Medical Engineering Competence Center, which is active in the field of biomedical space research.
Furthermore, employees of the ESA support center Biotesc, located at HSLU, presented their work. Biotesc works on behalf of the European Space Agency ESA and supervises technical, educational and biological experiments in the weightlessness of the International Space Station ISS.
At the booth, for example, visitors could admire a hand-held concrete mixer that has already been used on the ISS. The aim of the project, which Biotesc carried out in collaboration with German universities on the ISS, was to gain new insights into the solidification behavior of concrete. This is to develop new, more sustainable concrete compositions and to investigate the possibility of using concrete as a building material for habitats on lunar and Mars missions.
Visitors were also able to look through a portable mini-microscope created as part of a student project in collaboration with the Institute of Mechanical and Power Engineering at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as well as a machine used to simulate weightlessness for cells and microorganisms.
Young visitors were invited to participate in a programming challenge on the ISS and could watch videos with educational content created on the ISS.