25/02/2019

The MBR Centre for Accelerated Research has showcased the “Water farming” project of GAS as example of applications of space research on Earth.


The Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Centre for Accelerated Research aims to produce useful views on how the world could change in the future. Last June two projects from the GAS team were selected within the Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Space Settlement Challenge of the Dubai Future Foundation: “Water farming on Mars: In-situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) for future Mars exploration and Earth arid regions” and “Investigation of transport of biomass and aerosols through the atmosphere in Mars analogues: implication for planetary protection during colonization and exploration”. Each project was granted with a “seed” funding for 6 months. This call funded 35 successful applications. The MBR Centre for Accelerated Research has showcased eight of them which have the potential of helping us back on Earth.

The “Water Farming on Mars” project lead by GAS (1) Professors Javier Martin-Torres, Mª Paz Zorzano Mier and GAS PhD students Thasshwin Mathanlal, Abhilash Vakkada and Miracle Israel Nazarious, has been highlighted as number 1 in the MBR Centre for Accelerated Research brochure “Space Settlement Research. Inspiration for a better Earth” that summarizes the top 8 solutions from space to Earth.

This document states the view of Centre as to what will be the advantages of space exploration, which will help us building food security, tackle climate change, stimulating a constructive sense of wonder and laying a foundation for international cooperation.

In this publication “Water Farming on Mars” is underlined with the first position of the eight groundbreaking projects explained in the brochure. The text mentions explicitly the concept of water farming on Mars through BOTTLE prototypes that use various deliquescent salts to absorb moisture from the air at specific temperature and humidity levels to develop ‘water farms” in the future eventually used to support life on Mars.