What the lab researches


Simulating extreme climates for agriculture and industry.

The new era of industrial testing: how humans, nature and materials react to environmental stress.

From storms on Himalayan peaks to the blazing heat of the Sahara: in the terraXcube, our research team simulates the most extreme climatic conditions on Earth to investigate their effects on humans, ecological processes, technological products and different materials.
In the terraXcube’s various climate chambers, we research how humans and nature react to environmental stress and how such extreme conditions affect the performance of materials and products. In particular, the facility is of enormous value in the research areas of Alpine emergency and high-altitude medicine and Alpine ecology.

Test scenarios for companies in the drone, automotive and textile sectors.

For agriculture and industry, the terraXcube offers a comprehensive range of test scenarios, in particular for the UAV, automotive and textile sectors. Companies from these sectors can use the terraXcube’s facilities and services to:
• Expose large-scale installations and structural components to environmental impacts (extreme temperatures, altitude, rain, wind, solar radiation) in order to test their performance under particularly severe environmental conditions
• Observe how proprietary products respond to specific environmental conditions before initiating the certification process
• Collect high-quality data from functional and performance tests as a starting point for the further development of a product
• Receive expert support in the R&D phase

A multidimensional approach: Climate chambers for the Alpine region, the desert and extreme altitudes.

terraXcube employs an innovative, multidimensional approach to environmental simulation. The design of the two simulation areas, the cubes, is central to this approach. At the heart of the Large Cube is a 360m3 simulation room, which is suitable for complex tests involving a lot of space and high technical demands. Earth's most extreme environmental conditions, from the Himalayas to the desert, can be simulated here. The Small Cube consists of four smaller, independent simulation chambers, each of which can simulate the environmental conditions of the Alpine region.
The climate chambers can accommodate people, plants and other organisms, devices, machines and products, even those of large dimensions and over extended periods.

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Your advantage

This is how industrial tests work today. In the terraXcube, we test how products and equipment respond to environmental stress – but under completely controlled conditions. Our scientific team supports you in all phases of research and product development.

The core tools

The Large Cube is set up for extreme test scenarios from zero to 9,000 metres above sea level. It also has room for large machines. The smaller climate chambers simulate the rain, storms, snow and temperatures of the Alpine region.

Our services

How does a product hold up under extreme circumstances? We test agricultural and industrial scenarios, specifically for the automotive sector, textile industry, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sector and emergency medicine.

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Automotive / Automation


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