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.
In-situ resource limitations, non-existent 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 Quasi-Closed Agro-Ecological System approach is ideal for the Moon, Mars, or anywhere on Earth.
Deep Space Ecology brings an expertise in the space industry, soil science, environmental science, and closed environment agriculture, as well as an expertise in systems of systems engineering that we have applied to the problem of agriculture in extreme environments. The Deep Space Ecology team can assess the environment of a locality and its surrounding region for its existing natural resources, biogeochemical cycles, and ecosystem services. We assess the social and cultural aspects of food and agriculture of the inhabitants of the area, as well as the needs of the local economy. We can then establish the operational, functional, and material requirements of the engineered agricultural solution that accounts for these factors, minimizes waste, and maximizes the economic value within the local economy, creating a stable agricultural base for the local economy into the future.