The Parisian studio of engineers and scientists Interstellar Lab is trying to build a complex environmental system in a Californian desert in an attempt to deepen the research on how a human being can live on Mars, a planet that has long been under investigation.
The system that the study is planning concerns a sort of “closed-loop” land village called EBIOS, which means a bio-regenerative experimental station.
The entire project, which is very complex and state-of-the-art, includes systems for water treatment, waste management, and food production, guaranteeing a zero carbon footprint, zero waste and nature conservation. When fully built, EBIOS will be able to produce and recycle water, food, and energy for up to 100 people. The idea is to develop technologies to make life on Mars possible and, if it works, take them to other planets as well.
What we must bring to Mars for life is what we must protect on earth at this time. The only way to become a multiplanet species is to unite our energies in the same direction. – Barbara Belvisi, CEO and founder of Insterstellar Lab.
To develop the concept, the studio has worked closely with NASA in recent months dealing with many aspects such as plant growth systems, 3D printing technologies up to the analysis of human behavior in a closed environment through the conduct of many tests.
Each station was designed by Interstellar Lab as a scientific and hospitality center with laboratories to experiment, test and develop new technologies to support life in such conditions. In addition, EBIOS will be a structure dedicated to the training of astronauts as well as research and agriculture.
Half of the year, the plant will host researchers who are involved in the development of housing on other planets and sustainable life on earth, while in the other half, it will be at the service of tourists who want to spend a week in which they want to experience this type of experience.
The goal set by Interstellar Lab is the construction of the first EBIOS village from 2021.