Welcome to ISECCo!
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International Space Exploration and Colonization Co.
(ISECCo). We are a non-profit research organization located
in Fairbanks, Alaska. We are dedicated to research and
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Closed Ecological Life Support System Research
We are building our CELSS project in a series of steps, designed not only to develop the technology but to enhance our skills in the basics of closed system agriculture. We began with a paper on our initial ideas. Our first experiments were with our garden, which began as a simple garden spot. Our project expanded with the addition of the garden greenhouse, The Garden Circle, a larger greenhouse, the Basement Biosphere and we are now working on Mars Base 0, which is a complete ecosystem designed to provide most of the food needed to support a person (see also diary). Our project will culminate in Nauvik, which will be a mostly closed ecosystem.
Although the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was mandated by the Space Settlement Act of 1988 to actually move from space exploration toward space colonization in our solar system, science experiments in key areas are slow to materialize. NASA's limited budget only allows them to follow limited paths, and there isn't sufficient support for space colonization for congress to increase their budget (sigh). Life in a space colony or life on the moon or Mars remains limited to space colonization diagrams and daydreams that provide excellent ideas, but lack the funding to carry them foreward. The theory of space colonization and the why of space colonization lack the money to push these Grand Plans forward. Space settlement designs from Gerald K. O'Neil's huge cylinders designed to house 10,000 people to small research bases all rely on the biosphere for support--be it earth's natural biosphere or a garden in a closed ecosystem. Moving from the natural biosphere to agriculturally closed ecosystems is going to be a challenge.
It is the goal of ISECCo to help all these future space colonies, space settlements and even space habitats by developing a comprehensive science project to develop closed ecological life support system (CELSS) technology. In other words we want to help develop the field of space agriculture, or extra-terrestrial agriculture. Although space exploration is advancing nicely, extended human exploration like Martian exploration or Lunar exploration will need CELSS technology. Especially Martian colonization will be greatly facilitated with advance life support science, and most likely a complete CELSS facility. Science articles are slowly begining to reflect our need to develop these technolgies, but there is a very long way left to go.
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