terraXcube — one of the Eurac Research‘s most extraordinary laboratories—was created to simulate the extreme conditions of mountains in a safe and controlled environment. The lab features an advanced technological conception, in which hypobaric chamber technology has been paired with top-of-the-line environmental simulation in an infrastructure capable of providing all the Earth’s extreme environmental conditions in a single test facility.
The aim of terraXcube is to safely study the effects of different climactic conditions on human physiology, alpine ecology and industrial products. Its activities address the needs of mountaineers, rescue operators, farmers and other entrepreneurs working in the Alps, or on the high-altitude mountain peaks elsewhere in the world. The research fields covered by terraXcube are mountain medicine and alpine ecology. The infrastructure also offers a range of industrial testing and research-led product development, particularly in the automotive, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), textile and agricultural sectors.