With dwindling agricultural resources affecting our farms, local economic collapse affecting our inner cities and rural towns, climate change affecting regional food supplies, and politically and geographically challenging supply chains affecting millions of people in both developed and developing countries, we are in need of more sustainable solutions for growing food and feeding people. Our model and innovations will work everywhere from the family farm to the harshest, hardest-to-reach, and most uninhabitable places on Earth, like the Himalayas and the Arctic.
MOON & MARS
In-situ resource limitations, non-existant economies, extreme space climates, and extremely long and expensive supply chains risk limiting human expansion and settlement in our solar system. The only difference between Mars and drought-stricken Ethiopia is lower gravity, lower atmospheric pressure, lower light levels, lower temperature, higher radiation levels, and longer supply chain. With additional innovations in these areas and the application of ecological theory, our Three-Zone Model is ideal for the Moon and Mars.
These same problems exist anywhere our human drive to explore and expand will take us, from the sub-surface oceans of Europa to the poles of Titan to a deep space mining station on 16 Psyche. Any human habitat in deep space must be fully renewable with competitive redundancy to reduce supply chain costs and dependency on Earth, ensure growing system success, provide food security for the local human population, and enrich living with mental refreshment from the mind-wearying, industrial interior of work areas and wastes of the local terrain.
FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
Morgan is an ecologist and an environmental scientist. Her research is focused on understanding and applying ecological theories and principles to develop and manage quasi-closed, agro-ecological systems for use in extreme and changing Earth and space environments. Morgan and the DSE science team seek to understand how biogeochemical cycles and feedbacks may be developed in sterilized, degraded soil or regolith conditions through conducting foundational research and field applications. Morgan Irons attended Duke University and earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental science and biology and a minor in chemistry.
CEO AND GENERAL MANAGER
Lee Irons is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he has developed an in depth skill and enjoyment of solving problems, especially the intractable ones. He has faced such problems in the fields and industries of computational physics, nuclear power, environmental remediation, waste management, and shipbuilding. In his role as CEO and General Manager of Deep Space Ecology, he is the chief visionary for the company, working with his executive team, technical advisory board, and engineering team on solving the problem of food security on Earth and in space.
Dan is an innovative entrepreneur and master web architect who has advised a wide variety of web-centric businesses and brands by blending his creative, strategic, and technological abilities. He is a seasoned startup and open source veteran, with domain expertise in Space Exploration, Defense and Intelligence, big data, and consumer web. Having recently held positions as VP of Technology, Platform, and Analytics at UrtheCast, Director of Technology at premiere digital agencies, and Web Architect at the Linux Foundation, he has built bleeding edge consumer-facing technology, applications, and media experiences from the International Space Station to Times Square.
We are a team of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals who value Earth's ecology, healthy living, food security, and human expansion throughout Earth and space. We are life, our Earth is life, and life is meant to multiply and expand. We are focused on filling needs in the deep spaces where humans live today and yearn to go tomorrow. We have a unique business plan that results in wins all around: our customers will win, our investors will win, hungry populations will win, the Earth will win, and the human species will win.
We are not apocalyptic in our thinking. We do not need to escape a ravaged Earth. We think we can solve many problems and solidify our foundational home here on Earth on the way to figuring out how to move into space. And why move into space? Why do humans exist if not to discover as much as we can about our universe and, in the course of so doing, leave a history for future generations to marvel over? What good is the happy sound of a rippling brook flowing down the slope of a mountain on Proxima B if not for someone to be there to hear it? And why even make the long journey to the Proxima Centauri system except to demonstrate to the universe that it has the natural capacity to create such an amazing species and collection of species that we take with us?
We don't think humans are going to ruin Mars like they have ruined Earth. Humans are never going to beat entropy, commonly called pollution. Even living a more natural life, as some might call it, creates entropy. Evolutionary science indicates that we are not aliens who have conquered Earth for its resources only to flee to the next planet. Humans are a part of the natural environment of Earth, just as termites, Kudzu, and volcanoes. Every physical and biological process and form on Earth naturally drives itself toward extinction. However, humans are unique in our ability to predict possible futures, understand consequences, and mitigate risks. We can figure out ways to reduce our footprint, our impact on the nature around us, the amount of entropy we create and the form in which we create it. This is exactly what we need to learn how to do in order to increase our chances of surviving and thriving in space without leaving the Earth behind.
Space Agencies and Deep Space Businesses
Earth Analog Test-Bed Businesses and Nonprofits
Commercial Farmers and Food Growers
Local Governments and Communities
OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
We are vertically aligned to provide turn-key products and cradle-to-grave services to our customers. Our product lines are R4 Resilient(TM) agricultural systems, AstroEcolab(TM) units, and 3ZM EcoAg(TM) facilties for Earth and space. We provide services of remote monitoring and control, local operations and maintenance, and biological and environmental studies.
We have formed and continue to build upon key collaborative relationships. With our technology, market strategy, and business partners, we are pursuing LOIs with angel investors and venture capital firms and financing with banks to accelerate our plans to meet our objectives of five years to demonstrate feasibility of mass-ecosystem development in space, eight years to produce food security solutions at Earth's most remote and extreme environments, and ten years to be ready to build a resilient and self-sustaining 3ZM EcoAg system on Mars, supporting the plans of the world's most aggressive space visionaries and pioneers.