Interstellar Lab, Barbara Belvisi’s project to create autonomous and sustainable cities on Mars

by bold-lichterman

After having set foot on the Moon, Man now wants to live on Mars. In any case, this is the objective displayed by Elon Musk with his company SpaceX. The idea would be to carry out a first reconnaissance mission in 2022 to identify the risks and advantages of the Red Planet, before sending two years later a manned mission which would then mark the beginning of colonization on another planet. than the one where we live. However, living on a different planet from Earth induces different characteristics to be taken into account for an autonomous civilization to develop. And it is in this context that Barbara Belvisi founded the start-up Interstellar Lab last year. A name which is reminiscent of the film “Interstellar” in which a group of explorers try to establish a colony on a habitable planet while the Earth is less and less welcoming.

After launching the Hardware Club and contributing to the take off of Hello Tomorrow and The Family, Barbara Belvisi now seeks to design self-sufficient and bio-regenerative villages, so as to develop an approach in which Man can live in harmony with its environment on Earth and on other planets, and therefore in particular on Mars. Called EBIOS (Experimental BIOregenerative Station), the concept thus aims to create a closed circuit habitat that generates and recycles the water, food and energy necessary to accommodate 100 people with a neutral carbon footprint. As part of this project, developed between Paris, at Station F, and Los Angeles, Insterstellar Lab collaborates with several players in the aerospace sector, foremost among which is NASA.

A first EBIOS village in 2021 in California

Thought as if it were the first habitat that humans would have developed when settling on Earth, the EBIOS village will first be tested in the United States. “A long-term installation on Mars and the construction of a lunar base will only be possible if we build upstream on Earth an autonomous closed-circuit base to test the viability of the various systems.», Estimates Greg Autry, member of the board of Interstellar Lab and former representative of NASA to the White House. As a result, the first EBIOS village should see the light of day at the end of 2021 in the Mojave Desert, California. A second base is already planned in Florida. These villages will be open to scientists and engineers who can conduct research there, to astronauts so that they can train, as well as to the general public in order to discover and appropriate this new form of habitat.

An overview of the EBIOS village imagined by Interstellar Lab. Credit: Interstellar Lab.

To launch Interstellar Lab, Barbara Belvisi was able to count on the support of several business angels, such as Bruno Maisonnier, founder of Aldebaran Robotics and AnotherBrain. However, this is only the first stage of the rocket, as the project will be long and expensive. Indeed, it will take several years to test the model of the village on Earth before it can be exported to Mars within ten years. With this in mind, the company hopes to complete a new funding round in the first quarter of 2020. With Elon Musk (SpaceX), Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and now Barbara Belvisi, the dream of a human civilization beyond Earth n never felt so close.

Interstellar Lab: the key data

Founder: Barbara belvisi
Creation: 2018
The head office : Paris
Sector: Aerospace
Activity: creation of autonomous and sustainable habitats on Earth and in space