A team of scientists, engineers, and designers embark on an Arctic expedition to test space technology.
Space engineers, a geologist, an architect, and a designer journeyed to Svalbard for an expedition with the Space Exploration Initiative
In an interview, Ariel Ekblaw discusses the democratization of access to space and what it means for the future of space stations.
Be inspired by Rohit Prasad, SVP and Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon, Tye Brady, Chief Technologist, Amazon Robotics, Dilip Kumar, VP, Phy…
A panel of experts, including SEI director Ariel Ekblaw, discusses the history, culture, science, and future of NASA's Artemis program
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Ariel Ekblaw talks about the TESSERAE project, which was tested on the Space Station during the recent Axiom Space AX-1 mission.
Read about the 2022 zero gravity flight and the projects that flew. This is an annual event hosted by the Space Exploration Initiative.
The TESSERAE project, a design for self-assembling space structures and habitats, has sent prototypes to the International Space Station.
Ariel Ekblaw talks about leading the Space Exploration Initiative, self-assembling space architecture, science fiction, + long-term thinking
Last Friday, the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory gathered a variety of thought leaders at a virtual event to discuss …
Space Exploration Initiative director Ariel Ekblaw speaks with WIRED’s Ramin Skibba about the beginning and future of space tourism.
A conversation recently aired on Planetary Radio, hosted by Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society, featuring SEI director Ariel Ekblaw.
This mission marks the Media Lab's fourth rocket launch.
A blog post describing the main questions, hypotheses, and results of research on the Skinsuit conducted this summer.
Media Lab students, faculty, researchers, and affiliates pitching panels at SXSW 2022
Supported by the Space Exploration Initiative, the student-run HUMANS project aims to increase global representation in space.
Ariel Ekblaw spoke at the Chautauqua Institution about her novel space architecture ideas and a call for more dialogue on space ethics.
New for Spring 2021, and expected to be taught again in 2023, Operating in the Lunar Environment is a collaboration between MIT AeroAstro …
This has been an extraordinarily challenging period for all of you, and we couldn't be prouder of your accomplishments.
Founded in 2016 and now in our fifth year, we set our sights on space. The Space Exploration Initiative has since grown to 5…
The Space Exploration Initiative and Space Enabled research group are participating in this year's Virtual MIT Space Week.
2020 Speakers Houston we are GO for launch!
Read the new MIT Space Policy Compendium led by Dava Newman with co-authors including Ariel Ekblaw and Danielle Wood.
Space research, led by a diverse team of women scientists, will be presented at this year's AIAA Ascend Conference.
Developed by a team of Media Lab researchers, SpaceHuman is a seahorse-inspired additive prosthetic for use in microgravity environments.
A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study effects of sustained microgravity
On an upcoming SpaceX launch (CRS-20), we are launching seven TESSERAE v3 hardware tiles to the International Space Station.
Humans are headed for the cosmos, and we’re taking our appetites with us. What will fill the void when we leave Earth behind?
Ariel Ekblaw and Charles Bolden consider the future of human spaceflight.
This mission marks the Media Lab's second ever rocket launch, and first launch to the ISS .
The Space Exploration Initiative’s latest research flight explores work and play in zero gravity
Ariel Ekblaw presented designs for self-assembling architecture to create habitats for people living and working in low-gravity environments
Greater Boston’s annual festival of ideas finds new avenues for celebrating and connecting innovators.
Ars Electronica FestivalSeptember 5-9, 2019 at POSTCITY, Linz, Austria 50 years after the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we are seeing …
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This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
Joi Ito calls for responsible stewardship of the commons beyond our planet.
When we say we’re “democratizing access to space exploration,” what do we mean?
Space Exploration Initiative open-call grant opportunitySupported by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylo…
Space Exploration Initiative research aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard experiment capsule crossed the Karman line for three minutes
On May 2nd, 2019 we launched three TESSERAE v2 hardware tiles into space and back! They rode to just over 100km (past the Karman line) on B…
The projects on board the Media Lab's first suborbital rocket flight
Before low-earth orbit is clogged with hotels, satellite traffic, and debris, we should plan for the extra-planetary community we want.
Teleportation may have to wait.
Tomorrow’s space explorers won’t be able to pack traditional, heavy building materials for their missions.
Houston we are GO for launch!
Thoughts from the Media Lab's Space Enabled group and Space Exploration Initiative
Media Lab students, faculty, researchers and affiliates pitching panels at SXSW 2019
Ariel Ekblaw speaks at Sónar+D
The TESSERAE project is a design experiment in imagining how to bring the concept of geodesic domes from Earth into orbit.
For more on the Space Exploration Initiative @TNW2018, you can read the full article, "Making Star Wars a Reality through Design Thinking,"…
Biomimicry looks to living organisms to create the future of sustainable engineering.
What would daily life be like on the Red Planet?
Award-winning science fiction author Neal Stephenson