Launch date: November 2018
Destination: The MISSE System on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS)
Objective: Deep Space Ecology, in collaboration with Alpha Space, will be performing a fundamental soil science experiment on the ISS. Experimentation aboard the ISS has focused on biological plant experiments using hydroponics-based systems. In a fundamental shift of approach, our Chief Science Officer Morgan Irons and a number of top researchers from leading universities will be investigating how a soil system functions in Low-Earth Orbit. Performing such an experiment will provide researchers with insight into how we could improve agriculture in extreme environments on Earth, as well as grow robust agricultural ecosystems on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
The total project cost is $82,000. We are receiving $40,000 in Earth-based laboratory facility and research staff support from two major universities, and have applied for $30,000 in government grants. We are pursuing $5000 in donations from special donors. We need your help to raise $7000 in this campaign to cover the remaining costs. For your donation toward the $7000, you get an almost 12 to 1 multiplier in the value of your donation.
Background: To advance the science and technology of growing food in space to support human settlement, Deep Space Ecology LLC (DSE) has planned a series of agricultural studies that have never been done on the International Space Station (ISS). Toward this end, DSE has formed a world-class Technical Advisory Board and key relationships at Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance, LLC (Alpha Space), Cornell University, Florida Institute of Technology, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment (Duke), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Space Technology and Advanced Research Systems, Inc. (STaARS); and The Martian Garden. The entire effort requires substantial funding. Success will be assured by private sources of funding in addition to grants we are pursuing and a planned Earth product line.
The Orbitmuse campaigns are to fund the LEO phases of the science roadmap and space market plan of Deep Space Ecology. This includes a series of experiments to be performed on the ISS, the development of our Solar-Environment Off-World (SEOW) version of our Functional Astro Agronomic Research Modular Lab (FAARM Lab), and the development of our FARM Lab Earth-market model. FAARM Lab will be designed to support our research objectives.
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