Mars simulations, space farms, and evolvable starships

Date 06 Jun 2018, 12:45 - 13:30

Lecture by Angelo Vermeulen

Angelo Vermeulen is a space system researcher, a biologist, and artist. During this lecture, Angelo will talk about his transdisciplinary approach to space exploration, and present three different research projects. In 2013, he was Crew Commander of the first NASA-funded HI-SEAS mission. HI-SEAS is a Mars analog program studying team performance and life support resource requirements during long-duration isolation missions. The habitat site, on Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawaii, is both visually and geologically similar to Mars. An 11-meter diameter geodesic dome structure serves as a habitat for a crew of six. Communication delays built into the habitat’s internet connection mimic those anticipated for a real Mars mission. Angelo will present an overview of the HI-SEAS analog station, and share his insights into the challenges of living in close quarters with a small group of people for an extended period. In 2016 he founded the DSTART (TU Delft Starship Team), a team of students and researchers with a shared passion for interstellar travel. In their E|A|S (Evolvable Asteroid Starships) project they’re developing concepts for growing and evolvable starships. Angelo will present the first modeling results and discuss the advantages of using bio-inspired approaches in aerospace engineering. Partnering with the World Horti Center, LDE, and LTO Glaskracht, he recently also developed the lecture series ‘Mission to Mars: What horticulture and space exploration can learn from each other’. In this series, he explores how space technologies can contribute to more circular horticulture. For his talk at this festival Angelo will bring together some of the highlights of ‘Mission to Mars.’


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