Developing the next generation of gear for long duration human space exploration
Within the next 5 years, humanity will leave LEO (Low Earth Orbit) for the first time in 50 years. This time we'll be going for months and years, requiring a new era of tools, devices and apparel for living comfortably and safely for long durations in high radiation and low gravity environments.
An illustrative project is the space glass which answers the question, 'how to drink in Zero-G?" - a vital part of an astronaut’s daily routine. We've also looked at exercise (AstroGear) and wearable technology (Astrowear).
A self-contained deployable fabrication facilities for building open hardware technologies in the developing world.
In our journey of developing multiple open source hardware projects, we discovered that the biggest challenge for citizen science communities was not the lack of creative ideas, but rather the lack of the appropriate tools necessary to manifest such ideas. The Mission of DropFab and STEMcase is to provide the tools to build, adapt and repair any open hardware project, packed in a portable shipping container sized “Fab” unit.
For DropFab we've partnered with Wevolver, the 3DIY Innovation award winner at SXSW 2016, to assess the needs of the world's largest repository of open hardware projects. The DropFab is currently being designed along with an inventory of the Fab Lab tools and machines needed to support citizen science projects anywhere in the world.
We believe Open Hardware is poised to change the world and we’re looking for mission partners to take Drop Fab to the next stage.
Ultrascope is an Automated Robotic Observatory (ARO) developed for citizen scientists to help identify and characterize Near Earth Asteroids.
In 2013 the White House set NASA the Grand Challenge to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them”. While the task of detecting asteroids requires space based assets, knowing what to do about them requires “follow-up” observations from the ground as Near Earth Objects (NEOs) pass by close to Earth. We set out to develop an open hardware robotic observatory that could use of the shelf technology - such as mobile phones and Raspberry Pi - to allow anyone to be an asteroid hunter.
The Ultrascope Explorer (UEX) - was built in 2014 and has demonstrated the capability of observing large, ‘main belt’ asteroids, with a smartphone. Trillium is currently designing Ultrascope Odyssey (UOD), an observatory three times larger than the UEX and capable of characterizing the small and dark NEOs that present a threat to Earth.
Luna Rush is a game made for citizen scientists to help train AIs to better map the Moon.
It costs nearly $25,000 to bring a gallon of water into space; so locating ice on the moon is a vital step forward in human space exploration. But trying to find where lunar ice actually exists requires much better maps.
In LunaRush your job is to tag the most promising craters to explore for resources. However, this isn’t just a game; the application allows users to flag raw lunar images from NASA's LRO mission, providing real tangibility to exploration goals. The resulting tagged data will be used to improve lunar crater detector algorithms for utility towards future lunar resource missions.
Unlocking the talent, insight and creativity of citizen space explorers around the world.
Until recently, the only organizations that could contemplate space exploration were governments or large corporations. However, much like the birth of the personal computer in the 1970s, a technology ecosystem has evolved allowing anyone with bold dreams to access and explore the final frontier.
We established the Open Space Agency (OSA) as a platform for everyday citizens to come together to “have their own space program” and be part of this revolution.
OSA has become a vehicle for supporting the work of space agencies with new innovation tools, such as open hardware, open innovation, citizen science and citizen storytelling.
Read more on the OSA website.
FDL is an applied AI research lab for space exploration and all humankind
Frontier Development Lab is a public / private researcher partnership between NASA, ESA and leaders in commercial AI and private space. FDL was developed and is co-ordinated by Trillium with NASA in the US and ESA in Europe.
FDL has pushed the boundaries of AI application in planetary defense - helping to detect long period comets and shape model incoming asteroids - as well as lunar exploration, astrobiology, exoplanet hunting. Over the past few years we have developed cutting edge tools for predicting the behavior and output of our star and new methods for managing our home planet. The work has been covered in Fast Company, Tech Crunch, New Scientist as well as presented at NeurIPS, AAAI and numerous AI and space conferences around the world.