Sustainable Martian Habitat

How to accelerate the production processes for the survival of human colonies

The European Space Foundation (ESF), the Laboratory of Innovation of Things (LIT), the National  Learning Service (SENA) and The Mars Society Colombia, develop a research seedbed program in STEAM with college students, technicians and professionals, to inspire, innovate and develop projects in the space sector ecosystem. The main objective is the benefit of humanity in its primary needs, using the Internet of Things (IoT) applied to the sciences of earth and space.


Several applications in the food and related industries are being developed:

  • Production of bread, biscuits and cereal bars from the cultivation of Arthospira maxima and Haematococcuspluvialis microalgae.
  • In vitro culture automation with LED technology to accelerate the production processes of some vegetables that can be used on Earth and in the space sector.
  • Aquaponics processes for the sustainable production of plants and fish.
  • Oils and creams for skin care have been developed in the cosmetic industry, through the use of herbs and natural extracts.


In the area of robotics, activities for the optimization of each of these projects have been automated in order to accelerate the production processes for the survival of future human colonies and to aid humans on Earth.The processes are supported by the construction of exploration rovers for extreme environments where the conditions are analog of celestial bodies. All these projects are framed in an education program based on 14 pillars (kinship, health, loyalty, recreation, among others) which are a roadmap of human behavior on Earth. Their application to a space mission is being studied. These projects are supported by a group of experts in different areas of knowledge which allows interdisciplinary work between professionals and new generations of students.

ESF TEAM – German Sarmiento