by Shreeparna ChatterjeeJan 28, 2021
Interstellar Lab, founded by Barbara Belvisi in 2018, has unveiled EBIOS, the first autonomous and bio-regenerative terrestrial village that will help create a sustainable future on earth and beyond. The California-based aerospace company develops and builds closed-loop villages with 'regenerative life support technology' and create harmonious environment for humans to live on Earth, Moon or Mars. The team of engineers and scientists have been continuously evolving new models of habitats and solutions for prospective space settlement with prevailing terrestrial applications.
Two hard-working years of research and development and collaboration with space agencies have fruitfully produced EBIOS, a self-sustaining settlement to be built in the Mojave Desert in California. The experimental bio-regenerative station (EBIOS) can generate and recycle water, food and energy for 100 people using state-of-the-art space exploration technologies. The advanced solutions applied are designed to be implemented on the Earth while concurrently preparing for future settlement on other planets.
The team questioned what the first human settlement would look like if we were to colonise the Earth now, for the very first time. EBIOS finds its answer as an innovative community that embraces the overlaps of nature and technology, a fresh start on Earth. The station ensures zero waste, conservation and preservation of nature and a carbon-neutral footprint, ushering a new era of regenerative living.
The stations are designed to house various functions such as hospitality and science centres and an art and music centre. The science area is equipped to test life support technologies, foster astronaut training and support research in science and agriculture. These space settlement technologies are tested in an enclosed environment to prepare astronauts and explorers for possible establishment on other planets.
Over the past few months, Interstellar Lab has been collaborating with NASA to develop plant growth systems, water treatment strategies, and 3D printing technologies. Together, they have also been investigating human behaviour in environment controlled systems and are currently exploring building the second EBIOS at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The much-anticipated project will be open to scientists, engineers, adventurers and students, allowing the general public to contribute in building their prospective new worlds. EBIOS stations are excellent living spaces for the imaginative and the hopeful.
Interstellar Lab combines architecture, engineering, product design and science to find solutions for a valuable future. “Sentient life is likely very rare in our universe. Complex life may be rare in our solar system. At Interstellar Lab we are building technologies to help its preservation and regeneration on Earth now and in the future on other planets,” mentions Belvisi. The construction of the first EBIOS village is scheduled for 2021.
(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)