Omni Africa Space Exploration Analog Simulation (OASEAS) Founders are committed to opening the space exploration community to all peoples, disrupting established cliques and democratizing space technologies beyond the legacy spacefaring nations to include opportunities and access to those in the emerging markets.
OASEAS Founders are committed to the SMART Futures philosophy which understands that we belong to the cosmos, the cosmos do not belong to us. The key principles in practice are:
Space For All Humanity
Space For Earth
OUR DESIGN PRAXIS
The research programs and protocols at OASEAS will be guided by the SMART Futures design framework which has five key principles:
Sustainable Systems Thinking
Morally Meaningful Metrics
Transformational Use Of Technology
OUR VISION & MISSION
To design, build and operate a world-class research station designed to simulate human settlements in space, that forms the African node of the ecosystem of analog research stations around the world.
To enable inclusion of diverse communities of researchers interested in ensuring sustainable ethical human exploration in space.
To advance the agency of, participation in, and collaboration among space exploration advocates and researchers across Africa and the world in service to the vision of space for all humanity.
To promote the development and transformational use of space science and technology in service to the sustainability of life on Earth in general and Africa in particular.
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
OASEAS will be the first sub-Saharan AFRICAN node in a global ecosystem of analog space research stations which includes e.g. HiSEAS (Hawaii); LunARES (Poland).
OASEAS will enable researchers in Africa to participate in space science, engineering and technologies such as: robotics, energy, water and waste management, architecture, biotechnology, agri-technology, food technology.
OASEAS will address the challenge of advancing space for all humanity by advancing transnational research partnerships such as those envisaged in the Artemis Accords.
With the development of African Space agenda and increasing numbers of African countries participating in space, investing in space enterprises and giving rise to the continual growth of various industry segments, the OASEAS Project aims to be a resource for the African space industry which is currently valued at USD 19.49 billion in 2021 and projected to grow to USD 22.64 billion by 2026.
OASEAS will provide support to new space companies around the world engaged in the development of space technologies and space-enabled services such as telecommunications, transportation/aviation, mining, agriculture, environment, education, and health.
OASEAS, the first private analog space research facility for crewed space research simulations in sub-Saharan Africa, will be established in Northern Kenya in an educational/ research resort village. The village 'Kijiji Kilimia' named in honor the Pleiades star system will be developed in tandem to support climate research and other space for the SDG challenges.
OASEAS facilities will focus on isolation research and testing for all engineered systems and procedures for space settlement, such as energy, water, dust mitigation, waste management, etc. It includes a laboratory habitation technology development as well as research on human well-being.
OASEAS will develop and operate partnerships with a variety of stakeholders across Africa and the world e.g. community-based researchers, NGOs, Universities, private sector space companies, government agencies.
OASEAS will begin prefeasibility site studies and habitat design in Fall 2023 and establish a temporary camp to begin construction in January 2024, alongside test structures of the resort education village. The facility is expected to be operational for external guests by January 2025.
Kenya is accessible, home to several international organizations, andactively engaged in building a space agenda.
Northern Kenya has desert landscapes and dry lava fields suitable for simulation of the lunar and martian surface.
Northern Kenya has experience with extreme tourism and with supporting researchers, which is a strong foundation on which to build a project of this type.
Kenya has a significant number of engineering and technical schools that can serve as an entry point for promoting Space for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and international research partnerships to enhance advanced STEM research in Africa.
What is Analog Space Research Simulation?
Analog research simulations are organized by both space agencies, private entities and academic researchers to serve as international platforms for building communities of practice.
Scientific simulation of conditions found in space provides the researchers with conditions for testing or studying technologies and/or scientific hypotheses.
Analog astronauts can include anyone from engineers and scientists to space enthusiasts, popular science journalists, policy makers and others. Enabling of diversity of the crew experience, in terms of point-of-view, problem-solving, and other innate characteristics is viewed as a virtue in the design and execution of research missions.
Test locations include the Antarctic, oceans, deserts, arctic and volcanic environments.
What are Analog Missions?
Analog missions are field tests in locations that have physical similarities to the extreme space environments. Researchers – scientists, engineers, technicians and other work to gather requirements and conduct testing of innovations in harsh environments on earth, before they are used in space.
Tests may include new technologies such as: robotic equipment, vehicles, habitats, communications, power generation, mobility, water and waste management infrastructure.
Analogs provide data about strengths, limitations, and the validity of planned human-robotic exploration operations.
Analogs help define ways to combine human and robotic efforts to enhance scientific exploration.
Dr Edoe Mensah
Storytelling and Social Media
Logistics and event planning- Nairobi
Dr Joy Kiano
Dr Richard Damoah
OASEAS is in search of crewmates willing to volunteer to help advance science and space for all humanity.
OASEAS is accepting applications for those individuals interested in participating in the design workshop and site visits that will contribute to the final design of the habitat and research facilities and protocols.
OASEAS Volunteers interested in going to Northern Kenya will need to submit fitness letter from medical doctor to be accepted.
OASEAS Volunteers will need to finance their participation.
Solar Energy Engineer/ Tech
Water Engineer/ Tech
Waste Management Engineer
Space Habitat Architect
Space Food/Nutrition Scientist
Astronomer (with Indigenous African Astronomy interest)
Data Management Expert
IT Engineer / Communications Tech
Research Equipment and supplies Donations
OASEAS anticipates conducting climate, off-grid energy, robotics research both in-situ and in the metaverse through construction of digital twins.
We welcome in-kind donations from companies interested in supporting our research.
This might include:
AR &VR Hardware and Software.
Off-Grid Weather Monitoring Equipment, etc.
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SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY (JKUAT)
PASTORALIST HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (PHDA)
AFRICAN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
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