For the second time already, Gebrüder Weiss is supporting the Mars Analog Mission of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF). As official partner, the international logistics expert will ensure the safe transport of sensitive equipment from Innsbruck to the mission site in Armenia. According to Gernot Grömer, Director of the OeWF, the technologies involved “stretch the limits of what is feasible” and are the result of many years of research. This is why he has selected all AMADEE-24 partners with great care: “Everyone needs to know exactly what they are doing, and to do it to the highest level,” the scientist says. After all, in addition to expertise and precision, it takes passion and vision to transport a piece of the future.
The team of Gebrüder Weiss is aware that this is about more than transporting containers from A to B. “We have regular transports to the region and are represented in Armenia with our own location. The route leads through countries with GW locations, but such a complex project requires additional specialists to permanently monitor the transport,” says Wolfram Senger-Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of Gebrüder Weiss, about the repeated partnership. “In projects like these, we see ourselves not only as a logistics partner, but also as responsible for shaping the future of mobility.”
For this reason, apart from transport services, Gebrüder Weiss also provides a test site at the Maria Lanzendorf location near Vienna. At the end of January, this is where the OeWF will run through all their routines one final time, prior to departing for the actual mission site in Armenia. “This is the “dress rehearsal” for the team and the hardware. Experiments, rovers, and spacesuits will all be put into operation and tested one last time before the mission,” Gernot Grömer explains. “The days in Vienna make a significant contribution to the success of the mission, and we appreciate the extended support and the valuable partnership provided by Gebrüder Weiss.”
The “dress rehearsal” is a unique opportunity to observe the astronauts and their exciting experiments from up close. Journalists and employees are also welcome to explore the world of space travel on the last weekend of January. After that, the sensitive equipment will be loaded and dispatched. Franco Ravazzolo, Head of Projects & Break Bulk at Gebrüder Weiss, will see the goods off on their journey to Armenia by truck. The colleagues from Yerevan will be standing by to take delivery of this valuable piece of the future. The mission itself starts on March 7, 2024.