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SIMOC Mission review for Mars City Design, July 10, 2020

SIMOC project lead Kai Staats and Mars City Design founder Vera Mulyani review SIMOC datasets generated by Mars City Design competition teams. In this video Kai explains the complex behavior of mechanical and plant-based (bioregenerative) life support systems in a completely sealed habitat, as demonstrated by the interactions within the SIMOC simulation engine and web-based interface.

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By |2020-07-14T16:07:36+00:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Videos|0 Comments

SIMOC featured in Planetary Society ‘Wow of the week’!

“With the SIMOC web interface, you can design your own Mars habitat and then run a simulation to find out if your astronauts would survive. By choosing life support systems, crew quarters, plants to clean the air and provide food, and more, you can learn a lot about just how complex and delicate extraterrestrial habitats are.”

In the weekly Planetary Society Downlink news update, SIMOC is featured as the Wow of the Week, Read the full post …

By |2020-07-15T19:33:09+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Publications|0 Comments

SIMOC talk, live demo for NASA, June 18, 2020

Kai Staats, project lead for SIMOC gave a talk and live demonstration of SIMOC to ~75 NASA interns and staff. He also introduced SAM, the proposed, hi-fidelity research center for off-world habitats his team is developing at the Biosphere 2. The intent is to build the world’s most accurate simulation of off-world habitation, complete with airlock, hermetically sealed crew quarters and greenhouse, and use of pressure suits for all ingress, egress, and field activities.

The talk was well received, followed by a number of good questions from those who participated in the call.

“Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! I really enjoyed your talk. Thank you again!” -Kate

“I enjoyed your insightful and interesting lecture! Thank you for sharing your research with us!” -Ruth

“Thanks for the awesome lecture Kai! Your chemical and energy flow models were really, really interesting to learn about, and I’m looking forward to playing around with SIMOC. Best of luck with the Biosphere 2 buildup!” -Jeffrey

“Thank you for sharing your unique story … I was very interested to hear about your time on the research vessel. That sounds like such an incredible opportunity and must have allowed you to make a great impact in the world of science!” -Mina

“Thank you for your wonderful dynamic presentation. I had never heard about these habitat analogs and it was fascinating to get to see how they worked and the goals they strive for. I often feel like it can be hard to be exposed to non-engineering projects at NASA so thank you for letting us see into your work.” -Gabby

By |2020-07-14T17:16:39+00:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Videos|0 Comments

SIMOC launches with National Geographic!

SIMOC at National Geographic

We are proud to announce that SIMOC is now live at the National Geographic Education Resource Library!

This marks three years to the day since the official launch of this project, funded for two years at Arizona State University and by the University of Arizona for a study at Biosphere 2. The simulator is a research grade computational model with an educational web interface, complete with grades 5-14, Next Generation Science Standards curriculum.

We thank Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2, Paragon Space Development Corporation, and Ray Wheeler, Don Henninger, and John Connolly at NASA for their commitment and support to bringing SIMOC to life.

Now, we invite you to dive into the complexity, challenge, and reward of designing your own habitat, and then learning if you can survive living on Mars!

Get started!

By |2020-06-01T20:13:25+00:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: In the news|0 Comments

Arizona State University ‘ASU NOW’

Arizona State University 'ASU NOW' feature article

New computer platform for citizen scientists investigates potential closed-loop life support systems for Mars habitat.

Living off world will not be as simple as a science fiction movie. SIMOC — a new scalable interactive model of an off-world community — drives this home. The model is a pilot project from Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration Interplanetary Initiative.

A research-grade computer model and web interface for citizen scientists of all ages to design and operate a human habitat on the red planet, SIMOC is anything but a game. It was built on published data for mechanical life support systems (like those used on the International Space Station) and bioregeneration (sustaining human life with plants) with guidance from experts at NASA, Paragon Space Development, ASU and the University of Arizona.

Read the full article at ASU NOW

By |2020-06-01T19:18:06+00:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: In the news|0 Comments

At long last …

In the first half of 2020, the SIMOC development team has worked tirelessly to design, develop, rebuild, and test what has become a robust, engaging simulator for the complex interactions of isolated, off-world living.

We are eager to share with you the fruition of our labor in just twelve hours …

By |2020-06-01T05:39:27+00:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

Two weeks and counting …

With the completion of the National Geographic Certified Educators review, we are not just two weeks from launch of SIMOC.

The first example of how a teacher has integrated SIMOC into the classroom is now available for viewing and download.

The development team is ironing out a few more wrinkles in the code, making final adjustments to the interface, and testing, testing, testing.

Stay tuned!

By |2020-05-23T03:49:53+00:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

SIMOC Phase IIIb review by Nat Geo

SIMOC Dashboard, defaul layout

Today nine National Geographic Certified Educators, primary and secondary classroom instructors, were granted access to the SIMOC Phase IIIb launch candidate for a final review and test run in their virtual classrooms. This marks the second test by this team, the first in October 2019.

This is the first time SIMOC is running on the Google Cloud Platform, a massively scalable infrastructure for automated scaling, fail-over/restart, and for use by hundreds, even thousands of citizen scientists worldwide. We eagerly await their feedback for how they were able to integrate SIMOC into their lesson plans, and how their home-bound students engaged SIMOC, given Preset or custom habitat design exploration.

By |2020-05-07T05:14:55+00:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

SIMOC Phase IIIb code freeze

Eventually, even the most enjoyable computer software development projects must come to a close. SIMOC Phase IIIb is as of the close of April 2020 entering a feature and code freeze, save testing, bug squishing, and reliability enhancing across scalable cloud architectures.

The number of improvements to the back-end server and front-end dashboard are many, with the past five months dedicated to refining the agent definitions and their interactions, and improving the database and server-client communication protocol.

The second National Geographic review team commences on Monday, May 4 for a two weeks period.

Launch at the National Geographic Education Resource library is slated for June 1, 2020.

By |2020-04-30T06:35:29+00:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments