Aerospace & defenseJune 25, 2021

Does space hold the answers to Earth’s sustainability challenges?

A team of scientists, engineers and architects is looking to space for…
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

A team of scientists, engineers and architects is looking to space for solutions that will help us to live better on Earth, preserve its biodiversity and prepare humanity to settle on other planets.

Interstellar Lab is an innovative French-American startup founded by Barbara Belvisi, who believes that what we need to live on Mars could also alleviate the climate crisis we are facing. Her goal is twofold: to prepare people for life on another planet and protect our Earth in the process.

“It’s not about running away from Earth,” Belvisi said. “We are building a new environment for sustainable life on Earth and providing a test bed for future space missions. We wish to lay the groundwork for what will be the future of humanity.”

Interstellar Lab is building environmentally controlled, closed-loop pods that will connect via airlocks to form space-ready villages. Called experimental bio-regenerative stations (Ebios), they will recycle almost everything, making water, air and food as renewable and self-sustaining as possible.

The company has pulled in expertise from NASA, SpaceX, Airbus, Safran and Dassault Systèmes to bring these unique habitats to life. All design and development processes for the Ebios are being managed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud.

“We are a company at the cutting edge of a lot of disciplines, skills and applications – biology, aerospace, control systems, architecture, mathematics and materials science,” said Jim Rhoné, Chief Product Officer at Interstellar Lab. “We needed a platform that could bring all these areas together. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform does exactly that.”

Watch the video and read the full story here to see how Interstellar Lab is using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop its first Ebios, including BioPod, a self-sustaining food production system that reduces the land and water required to produce food on Earth by more than 99%.

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