The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
Boston 7 News
Ariel Ekblaw, founder and director of MIT’s Space Exploration Initiative, discusses the future of commercial spaceflight: “As the economy grows around space exploration,” she says, “it will become more accessible and prices will drop, and that will become a huge success for everyone involved.”
“For all the richness of human life on earth, we will want the same diversity of roles. We’ll want the rich tapestry of what makes life so special on Earth to also be designed for in space.”
Autodesk: The New Possible Podcast
What will our homes look like? What types of instruments can we play? How will we maintain an emotional connection to Earth? Listen to SEI Director, Ariel Ekblaw, and SEI designer and engineering extraordinaire, Che-Wei Wang, in dialog with the Autodesk team on designing, fabricating, and launching objects for life in space. Special feature on the Zenolith project.
Weightlessness opens up new possibilities for self-controlling systems and in-space structures. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Fraunhofer IML at TU Dortmund have collaborated on a technology platform that is opening up new potential - and has successfully completed initial tests on the ISS. Special feature on the TESSERAE project.
Taking a taste of the sensory research of Space Exploration Initiative’s Maggie Coblentz, who believes that by designing novel space food rituals, astronauts will not just be able to survive in space, but thrive there as well.
Bloomberg: Baystate Business
Dr. Ariel Ekblaw, founder and director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, on the significance of the flight.
A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study the effects of sustained microgravity.
The Wall Street Journal
A small-scale replica of a lunar habitat is taking shape at Purdue University. The goal is to prepare for life in a hostile environment—including our own.
Sojourner2020, the first international art open call that took a trip to International Space Station this March.
WIRED (cover story)
Algae Caviar, Anyone? What We'll Eat on the Journey to Mars
Humans are headed for the cosmos, and we’re taking our appetites with us. What will fill the void when we leave Earth behind? Featuring SEI's Maggie Coblentz on her work in space food and interplanetary gastronomy.
BBC The Real Story
The Privatization of Space Travel
On the cusp of SpaceX's historic 2020 launch, bringing crewed launches back to the U.S., how is corporate capital changing our journey into the cosmos? SEI Director, Ariel Ekblaw, joins Charles Bolden, Dr. Jill Stuart, and John Logsdon to discuss the next decade of human spaceflight.
WBUR On Point
How Private Companies Are Changing The Future Of Space Exploration
SEI Director, Ariel Ekblaw, joins Charles Bolden, former NASA Administrator, to consider the future of human space exploration.
GastroGeeks discusses questions about space food, gastronomy and science with SEI's researcher Maggie Coblentz.
MIT scientists are working on technology that could serve as the foundation for tourist hotels — in outer space.
Hairstyles, musical instruments and gardening all change in zero gravity, Sands Fish says.
Beyond Earth series
SEI Director, Ariel Ekblaw, discusses habitats for Earth, Moon, and Mars alongside Bjarke Ingels, Lucianne Walkowicz, and Lisa Messeri.
Space Exploration and the Age of the Anthropocosmos
The new generation of space architects can learn from our successes and failures in protecting the internet commons and build a better paradigm for space, writes Media Lab Director, Joi Ito.
The design secrets Nasa's using to keep astronauts happy in space
Big windows, fresh fruit and regular phone calls home help manage the mental health of astronauts on the International Space Station. But missions to Mars on beyond will require a whole new approach to how spaceships are designed. The Space Exploration Initiative's Maggie Coblentz weighs in on the future of space food.
The Wall Street Journal
Before low-earth orbit is clogged with hotels, satellite traffic and debris, we should plan for the extra-planetary community we want, writes Ariel Ekblaw, founder of the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative.
Researchers, Valentina Sumini and Manuel Muccillo, at the MIT Media Lab are developing technology for a day when amateur astronauts travel into orbit.
Nicole L’Huillier and Sands Fish are building a zero-gravity orchestra—a series of instruments that are designed to be performed exclusively in the absence of gravity.
Tomorrow’s space explorers won’t be able to pack traditional, heavy building materials for their missions. One young designer, Space Exploration Initiative Director Ariel Ekblaw, is already working on habitats that will build themselves.
Coverage of Beyond the Cradle 2019.
Beyond the Cradle featured nationwide through National Geographic online feature.
Designing humanity’s future in space
The Space Exploration Initiative’s latest parabolic research flight explores work and play in microgravity.
Space Exploration Initiative research aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard experiment capsule crossed the Karman line for three minutes of sustained microgravity.
MIT community input [including Space Exploration Initiative payload designs] will help determine the focus of the study to be carried aboard Blue Moon lander.
The Telemetron generates musical compositions using gyroscopic “chimes.”
Moving around in microgravity is tough, but a new MIT Media Lab device takes a page from Spiderman to help astronauts navigate while weightless.
Discovery Channel Daily Planet
Spatial Flux: Body and architecture in space
This prototype explores surfaces utilizing materials that would normally fail on Earth, yet flourish in zero gravity.
Biomimicry looks to living organisms to create the future of sustainable engineering, as Ariel Ekblaw discusses her bio-inspired TESSERAE space habitat.
The Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative shares results and next steps from its first zero gravity research mission.
A visit to Spaceport America, where the coming of the Second Space Age is already history, and the announcement of the MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative.
MIT Media Lab event, Beyond the Cradle, launches a new initiative to explore the final frontier.