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Building the house into a small biosphere

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Deru Xu
Deru Xu Aug 04, 2021
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This idea comes from Darko’s brainstorming, which is Can we design a fully self-sustaining enclosed habitat for people?

Definition of artificial biosphere
The artificial biosphere is an integrated experimental platform for a controlled ecological life support system. It is used to test whether and how humans can live and work in a closed biosphere, and to explore the possible uses of the closed ecosystem in the future space colonization.
I came up with two ideas:
  1. Construct our daily living or working place into a close-closed small biosphere. Although it is temporarily impossible to achieve a complete balance of functions such as food growing, water recycling, and air circulation in the biosphere, we can add additional measures. The biosphere system provides the necessary substances to ensure its balanced development. Of course, to provide as little biosphere material as possible, we only need to maintain the lowest level of supply. The advantage of this is that, on the one hand, it lowers the threshold for the construction and use of the artificial biosphere; on the other hand, it saves resources in daily life.
  2. Although the Biosphere 2 experiment failed, it also gave us profound inspiration. Can we build a large closed biosphere system, this system contains multiple subsystems, each subsystem is also a closed or close to closed biosphere, as in Idea 1. In this large-scale biosphere system, as much as possible to maintain the balance of each subsystem, and ultimately achieve the overall balance. Once the overall balance of the system is broken, it can be accurately known which part of the subsystem has a problem.
Of course, there are still many rough points in my ideas, and I still need to continue to improve.
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Simulated Earth-based Environments As Alternative Application

D. Eagle Aug 04, 2021
Good work! Needless to say, in additional to development of space habitat, the concept is also applicable to simulated earth-based environments, for experiential leaisure and scientific purposes. The applications include, but by no means, limited to these:
  • tropical environments in temperate regions and vice versa, in conjunction with the aid of virtual reality (VR) and augment reality (AR), etc media;
  • virtual space environments for tourism and exploration - much cheaper alternative for all;
  • limitless commercial possibilities; but
  • effect of prolonged VR/AR use on health and wellbeing must carefully be considered.
So, this could be developed into two or more application streams: earth-based leisure and experimental space habitation.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Here's a family from Norway that enclosed their house in a glass dome https://youtu.be/lc_clnBY-2I
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