Systems for Sustainable Human Habitation...Anywhere

We are solving problems of food security and healthy living for Earth, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

EARTH

EARTH

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

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.

DEEP SPACE

DEEP SPACE

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.

CONCEPTS

The concept begins with what has been known to the scientific community as a closed ecological system (CES). How "closed" a system actually must be depends upon the bounty of local natural resources, the industry of the local economy, and the extremity of the local environment and climate. The design details will vary by location, but the concept is the same: provide a full and contained Earth-like ecosystem using our patent-pending Three-Zone Model.

TEAM

Meet some of our ever-growing team of space dreamers.
MORGAN IRONS

MORGAN IRONS

FOUNDER AND CSO

Morgan is a senior at Duke University, graduating May 2017 with a double major with honors in environmental science and biology, a chemistry minor, and a pre-medicine emphasis. Her research review on closed ecological systems (CES’s) led to the development of a new patent pending CES model, the Three-Zone Model, and the founding of Deep Space Ecology. At Duke University's Research Greenhouses, Morgan has performed research growing plants in Mars regolith simulant to better learn how plants will grow on Mars. Additionally, she co-chairs the Student Space Ambassador Leadership Program of The Mars Generation, has been named a "Human of the Year" by Motherboard-Vice, and has recently been selected as a Fellow by the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program.

LEE IRONS

LEE IRONS

CEO AND GENERAL MANAGER

Lee Irons is a scientist, engineer, teacher, writer, and consultant. 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 working with his team on solving the problem of human habitation on the surface of Mars.

MIKE WESTBY

MIKE WESTBY

EARTH AND ANALOGUE SYSTEMS

Mike grew up on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. He holds a degree in chemistry and previously did a lot of work in the world of environmental consulting, where he spent time in some of the most astonishingly beautiful and extreme landscapes on our current planet. Right around the apex of the 2008 financial crisis, Mike sold all of his possessions and embarked on an open ended motorcycle trip during which he found himself at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, a literal arms reach from the Apollo 8 command module. Having always been fascinated by space travel, being able to put hands on such legendary artifacts of space exploration motivated Mike to return to university and complete a degree in mechanical engineering. There he had the opportunity to work in aerospace manufacturing as well as gain extensive machine shop experience prototyping components for research apparatus including experimental hydrogen fuel cells and deep sea acoustic instrumentation.

ANIMA PATIL SABALE

ANIMA PATIL SABALE

SPACE MISSION AND STATION SYSTEMS

Anima is a Software and Aerospace Engineer and a Citizen Scientist-Astronaut Candidate. She holds an MS in Aerospace Engineering, MS Computer Applications, and BS in Physics and has worked for NASA on the Kepler Mission and in the Intelligent Systems Division. She is passionate about human space exploration, long duration spaceflights and human factors involved in spaceflight. She recently participated in Microgravity Spacesuit Evaluation, where she got to fly 15 parabolas on a Falcon 20 and test the performance of a Final Frontier Design spacesuit. Anima has also been a Commander on NASA's HERA VII asteroid simulation mission. She believes in sharing her experiences for the benefit of the younger generation and aims to "Inspire, Motivate and Guide" through her talks and through her social media.

LINDA ROEHRBORN

LINDA ROEHRBORN

LIFE AND PLANETARY SYSTEMS

Captain Linda Roehrborn has been in the Air Force for 23 years and now serves in the A.F. Reserves as an Executive Officer for a Search and Rescue Wing. She has an A.S. in Electronics System Technology, a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Oceanography, two Graduate Certificates in Sustainable Management and in E-Learning and Online Teaching. Linda participated in NASA Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) Mission VI, as Mission Specialist I. She tested near-future space technologies to be utilized on the International Space Station. Linda is a Charter Member and Citizen Scientist Liaison Director for Mars Astronautics Science Technologies (MAST), and also a founding member of SeaSpace Exploration & Research Society, devoted to the ongoing exploration and scientific investigation of the ocean and its use as a space analog environment. She is excited about the Commercial Spaceflight Industry and engaging in ground-breaking research in Human Space Exploration, Space Analog Missions and Habitat Design for the Moon, along with educating young girls in Oceanography.

DAN LOPEZ

DAN LOPEZ

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR

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.

ERIC DEBLACKMERE

ERIC DEBLACKMERE

OPERATIONS AND PRODUCT SUPPORT

Eric was born and raised on Florida’s Space Coast during the Apollo era, which inspired an early and lifelong interest in astronomy and photography. With a B.A. in German from the University of Florida, he spent twelve years with the Department of Defense, where he helped develop new technologies and methodologies for creating and disseminating time-sensitive reporting to military commanders world-wide. Upon leaving the Department of Defense, he spent two years as a government contractor, where he served as a member of both the Titan IV and Atlas Launch Teams at Cape Canaveral, documenting the arrival, check-out, and launch of satellites from the Cape. Along the way, Eric has served as a broadcast photojournalist, a freelance film and video Director of Photography, and an elementary school teaching assistant. His commitment to astronomical research earned him an appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014.

JOHN MACRINO

JOHN MACRINO

OPERATIONS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

John is an experienced project manager and engineering information systems specialist. Based in Newport News, Virginia, he is responsible for databases and data exchange methods supporting maintenance of Ford Class aircraft carriers. John left college at 21 to purse a career in design/engineering. Initially he helped create automated drafting systems and methods to define and perform non-destructive testing of nuclear welding. Since then he has most notably led the implementation of manufacturing data transfer on Virginia class submarines, and was project manager for the implementation of an $80m 3D modeling system for aircraft carriers. John is certified by the Project Management Institute, and has 20 years experience in mechanical design and 15 years in information management. John holds a patent for an information aggregation algorithm.

ABOUT

OUR PEOPLE

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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

OUR CUSTOMERS

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.

OUR OUTLOOK

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.

CONTACT

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