Biosphere 2 Design Charrette

August 4 2014
I'm traveling to Biosphere 2 to participate in a design charrette. I'm fascinated by the facility and work that's being done there. I'll be using this expedition to document the trip. Read background

August 4 2014

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Debriefing Stage

The design meeting at Biosphere 2 was inspiring. Rafe and the group had a number of interesting ideas about what to include and/or test. My suggestion, obviously, was very OpenROV and maker movement centric: they should create a makerspace in or near Biosphere 2 that would allow makers/scientists to develop and test new environmental tools and sensors.

This suggestion was in response to the growing number of "citizen science and exploration" tools I see cropping up at Maker Faires and on Kickstarter. Each one of these could benefit from a sped-up development cycle of prototyping -> field testing -> prototyping -> field testing. Biosphere 2 - with their diverse and controllable habitats - would truly be a one of a knd facility for developing these types of tools.

Can we dive a ROV in the ocean?!

YES! That's the whole point!

The rainforest habitat!

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Very Leafy

Did it smell nice? Or did it smell...greenhousie?

Sign that showed what their original workshop looked like during the Biosphere missions.

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Mission Underway

The tour of the rest of the facility. Starts with walking through the airlock door that the orginal Biospherians went through

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A topside view of the ocean habitat.

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A view of the ocean habitat. Nearly 700,000 gallons. Downstairs/outside viewing gallery. Felt very like an aquarium.

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Meeting to plan the day:
- Visit Ocean habitat
- Brainstorm
- Tour rest of facility

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Morning view of Biosphere 2

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Preparation Stage

Rafe Sagarin is leading the design charratte. You can read more about his work and goals for the ocean portion of Biosphere 2:

b2science.org/earth/facility/biome-ocean