Space travel starts from the Earth

ECSEC is involved in several projects to make a concrete contribution to the growth of the space sector. Thanks to the collaboration with international partners and the commitment of hundreds of experts, professionals, and volunteers, we want to develop lasting synergies to achieve ambitious goals.



Mars city is our main framework project:  the construction of a space incubator with included a Mars/Moon simulator to develop space technologies and involve local industry. Mars City will be located in the heart of the Lombardy region. The MARS CITY will be unique in design, in that it will include the newest technologies and latest developments in the field, providing the ability to study and solve systems-level integration issues for Mars exploration missions.

The main innovative content will focus on the areas of habitat typologies, shielding, sealing, and location, as well as long-term testing of electric power technologies. Preliminarily to its construction, IMS has started developing an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) simulation of the MARS CITY  (V-MARS).

All our partners will be involved in this endeavor.



Motigravity is a treadmill for virtual reality used to simulate the human exploration of Mars, the Moon, and other space environments. In addition to allowing 360 degrees of movement, Motigravity can also affect the low gravity environment as found in various space environments.

 These include EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) carried out by astronauts. The treadmill simulates the movement of astronauts at the different levels of gravity on several terrains and space surfaces thanks to a library of explored Space regions. Although designed specifically to simulate space simulations, Motigravity can also be applied to medicine, sports, games, and STEM/Education, since it is equipped with software specially developed for each of these applications. 

Lifting and harness systems consisting of hardware and sensors enable the simulation of the movement of users in low gravity also to software, which simulates and recognizes the primary human senses like touch, smell, sound, cerebral activity. 

Medical Applications

For the medical sector, the tool is equipped with specific software to help patients in the rehabilitation of stroke, multiples sclerosis, behavioral diseases, sleep deprivation, anxiety treatment.



SMOPS is an analog mission that will take place between April 24th and May 9th, 2021, at the MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station), a research facility owned and managed by The Mars Society in the Moab desert, Utah, USA. For two weeks in isolation, our analog astronauts will test different technologies and operational scenarios in space medicine, in preparation for future human missions to Mars.

The conditions offered by the MDRS are in many ways similar to the ones that can be found in a possible Mars habitat: desertic environment, crew isolation, spacesuit simulators for external activities, limited living spaces and resources (water and food), local energy (solar panels), and food production (greenhouse). These conditions will allow analog astronauts on Earth to simulate, as best as possible, the difficulties that human crews will face on the martian surface.



In space research, there is an urgent need for innovative systems that can help astronauts during their activities, such as the Extra-vehicular ones, which are all strongly influenced by reduced gravity. The objective of the project is to integrate an exoskeleton in the simulation of space operations carried out by astronauts in space stations located on Moon/Mars.

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