3 papers accepted to the ICES 2023 Conference

For the International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES 2023, hosted in Calgary, Canada, these three papers are accepted and will be presented:

Ecosystem Modeling and Validation using Empirical Data from NASA CELSS and Biosphere 2
– Session: ICES300: ECLSS Modeling and Test Correlations
– Authors: Grant Hawkins, Ezio Melotti, Kai Staats, Atila Meszaros, Gene Giacomelli

Integration and Validation of Mushroom and Algae into an Agent-based Model of a Physico-chemical and Bioregenerative ECLSS
– Session: ICES204: Bioregenerative Life Support
– Authors: Sean Gellenbeck, Joel L. Cuello, Barry Pryor, Kai Staats, Chuck Gerba

Integrating Real-Time Environmental Data into an Educational Web Interface
– Session: ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
– Authors: Meridith Greythorne, Gregory Ross, Ian Castellanos, Grant Hawkins, Ezio Melotti, Ryan Meneses, Kai Staats, Gretchen Hollingsworth

Visit our Publications page for the complete list.

By |2023-08-12T23:58:53+00:00May 30th, 2023|Categories: Publications|0 Comments

Mars Base Rhino auto-constructed from SIMOC parameters

Thomas Lagarde's "Mars Base Rhino"

Thomas Lagarde, Ingénieur système pour habitats dans les environnements extrèmes (System engineer for extreme environment habitats) has developed a Grasshopper code base that imports the results of a SIMOC simulation, then generates a 3D Mars base that corresponds to the parameters configured by the SIMOC user.

As presented at IAC 2021, Thomas developed this unique project to demonstrate the possibility of using existing solutions and concepts developed and used for earth applications as a design architecture for outer-space habitats. The future habitats/cities will need to evolve constantly, fixing a form, a system or a program is not the solution to adapt to an environment that we will learn a lot from when we get there. The design for a habitat and its systems will require constant modifications to adapt to changes in the environment, our knowledge of it and/or our reaction to it. Interior and exterior organizations will certainly change rapidly depending on new requirements. To produce an optimal design at a fast pace and correctly we need to use computational techniques such as parametric design or topology optimization. The new design solution should be the best according to a chosen set of conditions. For example: well-being, comfort, ease of operation and construction. With the help of software such as Rhino/Grasshopper and SIMOC we can demonstrate the practicality and the necessity of this approach for future human settlements in any extreme environment.

Thomas Lagarde's "Mars Base Rhino" Thomas Lagarde's "Mars Base Rhino"

By |2022-02-13T22:42:20+00:00October 29th, 2021|Categories: Publications|0 Comments

Space Radio with Dr. Paul Sutter

Astrophysicist Dr. Paul Sutter interviews SAM Director Kai Staats from within the Biosphere 2!

“This week on Space Radio I had the opportunity to catch up with my good friend Kai Staats. Kai joined us from the grounds of the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 as we talked about his newest project, Space Analog for the Moon and Mars. Among other topics, we discussed the removal of perchlorates from the Martian soil and how Methane could potentially be used.” — Dr. Sutter

By |2021-06-12T22:12:12+00:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Publications|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

SpaceTalk, The Next Generation

In SpaceTalk, The Next Generation, February 2019, the magazine for the all International Space University Alumni, SIMOC is featured! In this 7-page spread, the story of how SIMOC got started through the first two phases of development is told. Read the full publication at

By |2019-10-05T15:53:58+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Publications|0 Comments
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