To the Mars and Back with Simeon Technologies
Simeon Technologies is a French aerospace start-up that has big ambitions and a great team working on big goals. The company designs products to meet the present as well as future needs of the aerospace industry.
As an example, one of the products developed by the team is a Delta Prime Heater, which is a thermal energy accumulator. This is a device which produces and stores heat so that it can be slowly released once the electrical power supply is cut. As opposed to resistive type technologies (copper, nickel/copper, graphene, etc.), it does not emit microwaves, is short-circuit proof, can be immersed in fluids. On top of that, Delta Prime Heater is very economical compared to its analоgues. Such device could play a crucial role in life support during the space exploration.
This is just one example of a technology developed by the team from France. Simeon Technologies includes a physician and mathematician; an engineer in aeronautics; a material designer; a specialist in stable-isotope and climate change. This team has been working on developing space technologies for a couple of years with a primary goal to research and support a human space travel. There is a number of companies trying to send people to space such as Elon Musk. But doing so is an extremely risky endeavor. We simply don’t have enough data and knowledge about how our bodies behave in deep space.
This is where Simeon Technology team got inspired to help humanity move forward with our space exploration and colonization. They want to send three mice to Mars and track their biometrics.
The project is divided in three stages:
- build an industrial micro space station with better hardware and processes,
- build a micro spaceship
- travel to a distant planet at 57M km in 2018 and stay there for 15 days
- go back home for data collection and processing.
The biggest challenges that the team is seeing are proving the concept of a micro space station, particularly the micro biosphere — the autonomous area of life with its micro gravity as well as observing the mice after the return and studying how the deep space affected their DNA.
First step. 2017
To avoid any disaster, the team wants to send a small animal, like a mouse, to space; observe and learn how conditions in deep space affect the mouse. The project will use proprietary technologies collaborating with other private companies which could be used in designing and building a prototype of a micro space station. The company has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign “Proteus Project” with the goal to attract not only companies, but also people around the world to contribute to the space exploration.
Second step. 2018
With the help of a micro spaceship the team will take to space the micro space station and will land it on Mars for 2 weeks. After that it will come back home with the animals to earth.
This is a very ambitious project and there are still a lot of questions and challenges to its implementation, but we are happy to see more and more teams and startups taking theoretical space challenges to a practical level.