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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

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