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DB Schenker and the Austrian Space Forum launch “AMADEE-18” Mars simulation

Transport of highly sensitive space equipment to Oman • International Mars simulation being managed by a Mission Support Center

Mars has never been closer: Between now and the end of February 2018, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) is conducting an international Mars simulation in the Dhofar region of Oman within the framework of the AMADEE-18 mission. DB Schenker provided support to the space specialists at ÖWF by transporting highly sensitive space equipment (including robot vehicles and space travel suits) from Austria to the desert in Oman.

Logistics challenge: Sensitive equipment in extreme conditions

Dr. Gernot Grömer, the ÖWF Administrative Director who is also serving as Mission Director, is happy about the partnership with DB Schenker: “This is our most complex mission ever. We’re therefore very pleased that we were able to bring an experienced and competent partner like DB Schenker onboard. DB Schenker managed the safe and reliable transport to Oman of highly sensitive space equipment, including robot vehicles, space travel suits, and our two space suit simulators.”

DB Schenker met the challenge with two ocean-freight containers that were loaded with the unique and extremely sensitive equipment in Innsbruck. During the Mars simulation, the two containers will remain onsite and be used as warehouses, thereby ensuring that all equipment remains easily accessible and protected against the elements in extreme conditions.

“We at DB Schenker are especially pleased to be part of this unique project,” says Mario Aschbacher, Sales Director for DB Schenker in Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Kufstein. “By executing this exciting but also challenging logistics assignment, we are demonstrating how we deliver top performance as a global services provider – even under the most extreme conditions.”

Says Helmut Schweighofer, CEO of DB Schenker in Austria and South East Europe: “We’re very proud to be able to support the ÖWF as a logistics partner for this extraordinary mission. We wish everyone involved much success with the implementation of this complex Mars simulation, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results.”

Mission Support Center for the simulation is based in Innsbruck

The simulation in Oman is the 12th Mars simulation. The crew members come from 20 nations and 16 institutions. These international experts arrived in the desert in the Dhofar region last week. “Landing Day” on
February 8, 2018 marked the start of the three-week simulation, during which the team will be cut off from the outside world and conduct a variety of experiments in a Mars-like environment. Top scientists from around the world will continually monitor the delayed communication between “Mars” (Oman) and “Earth” (Tyrol, Austria). The Mission Support Center in Innsbruck, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and systems, is serving as the hub for the mission.