At the Future Investment Initiative in Riyad last year, Interstellar Lab unveiled the BioPod
Last year, at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyad, Interstellar Lab unveiled the BioPod, taking humanity one step closer to life on Mars. EBIOS, world’s first inflatable, environmentally controlled plant cultivation pod, aims to provide 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. Designed using Dassault Systems 3DExperience platform, the first BioPod is currently under construction in Paris.
Founded in 2018 by Barbara Belvisi, Interstellar Lab is 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. 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 as a stand-alone but 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.
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,” says Belvisi.