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Stage 1 construction of SAM is funded!

We are pleased to announce that the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona has provided funded for Stage 1 construction of SAM, a Space Analog for the Moon and Mars at the iconic Biosphere 2.

Tech Launch Arizona sees a unique opportunity to develop methods, procedures, and product driven IP for the advancement of human space exploration while improving our management of resources and sustained agriculture on Earth in the context of a changing climate.

This sets in motion the long-range plan to integrate SIMOC and SAM, where SIMOC improves its model of the complex nature of a human-in-the-loop closed ecosystem through data captured during SAM operations. SIMOC will then be given an AI engine with which it can monitor, manage, and control advanced, hermetically sealed human habitats on the Moon and Mars.

Construction begins the first week of November at the Biosphere 2.

Cheers,
Kai Staats, Director of SAM at B2

By |2020-10-30T18:52:24+00:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: In the news|0 Comments

Mars Society 2020 video on SIMOC and SAM now available

Kai Staats presents SIMOC and SAM to the Mars Society 2020 virtual convention. He provides an introduction to SIMOC coupled with a live demonstration at the National Geographic website, and then provides the world premiere of SAM with a description of how these two projects inform each other, from simulation data collection, and eventually AI-driven management and real-time control of the life support system, plant growth, and more. Watch the presentation on the SIMOC videos page …

By |2020-10-30T18:31:32+00:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Videos|0 Comments

SIMOC presented at the Mars Society Convention

SIOMC at Mars Society Convention 2020

The Mars Society’s 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention will convene Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18, 2020, across this planet via the Internet!

The Mars Society’s four-day, international, virtual conference brings together leading scientists, government policymakers, commercial space executives, science journalists and space advocates to discuss the latest scientific and technological developments and challenges related to the human and robotic exploration of Mars and the eventual human settlement of the Red Planet.

Kai Staats will give a talk and live demonstration of SIMOC followed by a unveiling of SAM, a hi-fidelity, hermetically sealed Mars analog being constructed at the iconic Biosphere 2.

Saturday, October 17
2:30 pm PDT (UTC -7)
Session Analog Bases (AB)-4
Staats presentation is available for download (PDF)

Join the convention for free at www.marssociety.org/conventions/2020/

By |2020-10-17T22:49:03+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: In the news|0 Comments

SIMOC Phase IV development update

Our resident coding wizards have completed the arduous task of updating the SIMOC build environment (good things in computer land always take longer than anticipated) and we are ready to get back to making SIMOC a higher fidelity, more engaging experience on Mars for you!

By |2020-10-13T02:31:06+00:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

SIMOC Phase IV development update

Iurii and Ezio have made significant progress on the new build environment for SIMOC. This updated system enables incremental updates to the SIMOC back-end and front-end code base without invoking a full system rebuild, and automated migration to our beta and National Geographic servers. It may not seem like much, but it will make a world of difference to our development process and overall, the quality of our code.

We are excited to dive into an improved user experience, soon!

By |2020-10-13T02:27:56+00:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

SIMOC Phase IV development has begun

We are working hard at constructing a new build environment for SIMOC, enabling automated unit testing and the ability to updates portions of a live build, without replacing the whole thing.

SIMOC Phase IV will include a molecular-level validation of key currency exchanges between agents, consolidation of similar panels with drop-down menus, new panels to provide a greater diversity of real-time information monitoring, and tracking of nutrition from food harvest to human consumption.

More to come, stay tuned!

By |2020-09-01T23:22:33+00:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Research & Development|0 Comments

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.

Watch more SIMOC videos

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