SAM exterior render by Bryan Versteeg SAM greenhouse render by Bryan Versteeg SAM Mars Yard render by Bryan Versteeg

Phase V
We are working to introduce staggered crop rotation, food nutrients, and thermal exchange into the SIMOC simulation to provide a more dynamic, rich experience with even greater potential for non-linear outcomes and simulation of the real world.

With construction of the SAM Mars habitat analog at the iconic Biosphere 2, SIMOC now includes SAM Presets, a configuration of the SIMOC simulation that closely approximates the real-world SAM habitat. With the newly introduced 3D objects during Configuration and on the Dashboard, the user can now visualize the habitat before and during the simulation, including SAM.

An Arizona State University computer science Capstone team is developing a means to capture sensor array data for presentation in the SIMOC interface. Pressure, temperature, humidity, light levels, CO2 and O2 data at SAM will be made available to SIMOC users. This ground-truth data will build a positive feedback loop ultimately moving to the application of reinforcement learning in an AI version of SIMOC for a future optimized control system of the SAM life support systems.

A NASA-funded University of Arizona engineering Capstone team is fabricating a swing-bed CO2 scrubber following guidance by NASA experts in this technology. This effort will invoke updates to the SIMOC agent definitions, resulting in an improved approximation of the real world. The prototype will be deployed at SAM along-side the CO2 scrubber provided by Paragon in the spring of 2021.

These tight couplings of the model to the real-world experiment are imperative in any successful scientific endeavor.