This Thursday, at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyad, Interstellar Lab unveiled the BioPod: the first inflatable environmentally-controlled plant cultivation pod. Working as a stand-alone system using advanced crop cultivation technology, the BioPod provides unprecedented solutions for local, regenerative, and efficient agriculture on Earth. It fosters biodiversity, turns CO2 into O2, closes the water loop, and reduces land need by a factor of 100. In 3 years, Interstellar Lab is also planning on adapting the BioPod for lunar applications, more specifically in the context of NASA Artemis program, which will bring humans back to the Moon by 2024. The first BioPod is currently being built in Paris.
At Interstellar Lab, a team of former Space X, Safran, Thales, Trimble, and Disney employees share a common dream: creating next-generation closed-loop, regenerative habitats, and agriculture systems to create a future full of life, on Earth, and beyond.
Founded in 2018 by Barbara Belvisi, Interstellar Lab, recently appointed as one of the “Future 40” most promising start-ups in France, stole the show at the FII convention this Thursday, unveiling its sealed and air-controlled BioPods and the Experimental BIOregenerative Stations’ new modular flower-looking design. Designed using Dassault Systems 3DExperience platform, the first BioPod is currently under construction in Paris and will be unveiled and open to the public in Q3 2021.
A HIGHLY MODULAR DESIGN
Presented in November 2019, EBIOS design has evolved towards full modularity. For Barbara Belvisi, CEO and Product Lead at Interstellar Lab, deployability and modularity is key. “We want to develop systems and habitats easy to transport and install, working stand-alone and also combined.” Indeed each EBIOS module combines different pods. Interstellar Lab team has been focusing on 4 main pods for the moment: the BioPod, the habitat, the tunnel, and the connector. All units are environmentally controlled and communicate through an airlock.
EBIOS modules can also be attached to form stations of modular size, ideal for future space-manned missions and space bases, bound to grow in time.
AI-MONITORING AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE
BioPod is durable, easily deployable, and modular. It combines advanced crop cultivation technology with predictive monitoring to achieve high-precision agriculture. Built out of high-performance materials resistant under extreme climate conditions, its integrated advanced atmospheric and full closure water system allows to create specific environmental conditions to grow a diverse array of crops and plants that can’t be grown in traditional indoor farming.
With more than 7 billion humans on Earth, climate change and the current sanitary crisis, solutions providing autonomy and food diversity under any climatic environment are critically important.
“We believe space technologies can help designing solutions for Earth. More specifically when it comes to regenerative and closed-loop systems. If we can design a greenhouse for Mars, then we must use this knowledge back on Earth. The BioPod is the exact demonstration of this approach that we have at Interstellar Lab”.
ABOUT INTERSTELLAR LAB
Interstellar Lab is developing and building closed-loop sustainable living systems on Earth and in space. The company focuses on creating space-grade food production system and habitat modules for humans. On earth, to provide solutions regarding the current climate crisis and the need of new food production system. In Space, by developing closed-loop life support system for lunar mission in the context of Artemis NASA Program and in the future for Mars exploration.
ABOUT DASSAULT SYSTEMES
Dassault Systemes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. It provides business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating ‘virtual experience twins’ of the real world with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, their customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production.
Dassault Systemes’ 20,000 employees are bringing value to more than 270,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.
ABOUT THE FUTURE INVESTMENT INITIATIVE INSTITUTE
The Future Investment Initiative Institute is a new generation of global not-for-profit foundation that ensures the world’s brightest ideas find their way to materialize, scale and create positive sustainable Impact on Humanity. With an ambitious vision to empower the brightest minds to shape a better future for ALL and with ALL, the FII Institute brings together global leaders and experts to collectively curate and enable concrete ideas that can solve today’s most pressing societal issues while creating long-term platforms to reshape the future of humanity.
ABOUT THE 4TH EDITION OF THE FII
The main program will be live streamed from Riyadh. Speakers will be filmed and broadcast across all satellite FII cities and on live-streaming platforms. There will be keynote addresses, plenary sessions and also breakout discussions at all of the venues.
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