Argentina Launch an innovative Analog Mars habitat Initiative.

Argentina Launch an innovative Analog Mars habitat Initiative aimed to creating a set of Geodesic Domes for habitats, laboratories and intelligent hydroculture.

Online PR News – 16-January-2021 – LA RIOJA- ARGENTINA – On Wednesday, Governor Ricardo Quintela led the presentation of the Technological Innovation Project for the Argentine Space Exploration Industry, aimed at creating a set of Geodesic Domes for habitats, laboratories and intelligent hydroculture, simulating the conditions and technology of "crops + life" to be used in future space exploration on Planet Mars.

In this respect, Governor Ricardo Quintela remarked that "it is something very important because it is an innovative and new issue for the province of La Rioja and for the whole of Northern Argentina".

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity given to La Rioja to be the protagonist in this debate on the Space Technology Park, which is extremely important to us", he also stressed.

Present at the videoconference were the Governor of the Province, Ricardo Quintela; the Minister of Labour, Employment and Industry, Federico Bazán; and the Minister of Science and Technology, Javier Tineo. Also present were Eduardo de la Vega, Mayor of the Independence Department, and Claudio Akiki, Member of Parliament for the Independence Department.

The launch was accompanied by national authorities: Diego Hurtado, National Secretary for Planning and Technology, and Guido Giorgi, Head of Cabinet of the R&D&I Agency. (National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation); Miguel Sedoff, Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Misiones; Marcos Actis, from the University of La Plata and member of CONAE; Armengol Torres, specialist in space issues.

Also present were María Apolito, Undersecretary of Knowledge Economy of the Secretariat of Industry; Martín Navarro, Director of SMEs and Development Economics and Daniela Castro, Secretary of Research, Industrial Policy and Production for the Defence of the Argentine Republic; Ayelen Ebene, Co-Founder of SmartCultiva; Gabriel Caballero, President of the Chapter Mars Society Argentina; Constanza Castillo (Operations Leader of FanIOT) ;Estéban Ulderico, Specialist of long trajectory in space issues and Maria Eugenia Farias, Chief Researcher CONICET.

Martin Bueno, Co-Founder of Solar54, and Board Member of the Public/Private company FanIOT of Misiones, was present at the conference, giving details about the whole project and its next steps.

Solar 54

It is a productive project for the province and an exclusive place for innovation at a global level, being the seventh country in the world to develop this type of enterprise, related to Space Exploration, science and technology and has the unique characteristics for the development of space technology and controlled habitat systems in the region.

It will be implemented in a particular place in Argentina, which many call the copy of "Mars on Earth": the Los Colorados Reservation, Province of La Rioja, in the Department of Independencia.

In that sense, a selected property of 5 hectares was provided to start the First Phase of the project, which in October 2020, a letter of intent was signed to launch Solar54 and make a national call for the integration project.

This entrepreneurship is part of the Public Private Models, based on Open Innovation, in which the Province of La Rioja will be the controlling shareholder, and Smartcultiva and FanIOT will be integrated from the Province of Misiones.

The plan has a modular system for rapid expansion and environmentally friendly construction: the system includes a replicable modular structure for easy transportation, assembly and installation.

It also has integrated laboratories for the development and exploration of space technology: a geodesic laboratory will be integrated for the study of habitat and sustainability systems on Mars.

It also has satellite telemetry laboratories and the development of NanoSatellites and Solid Propulsion Vectors to reach the LEO orbit: this is a laboratory for the development of technology for the possible launching of a Low Altitude IOT satellite into orbit by 2022.

It will also allow high-tech hydroponic-based crops for food innovation: a geodesic system for the control and production of hydroponic vegetables in controlled systems, with IOT technology, which will be provided by the company SmartCultiva, as part of the project.