We’ve met Vivatech 2022 (Interstellar Lab) ‘s most promising startup

French startup Interstellar Lab, launched in 2020, is now on display at the Vivatech show in Paris. The purpose of his visit, the presentation of the biopod, his first product with the upcoming marketing. With its inflatable module, hope to be able to recreate the environment suitable for life, thanks to a system “To recreate ideal climate conditions for life on Earth and in space”.

We met with Barbara Belvici, its founder and director. With the help of this, about twenty workers from space (SpaceX, Blue Origin, Airbus) and agriculturists (especially from Agricul) are building their biopods in Paris and Los Angeles. The Insterstellar Lab targets the moon, Mars, but also experiments on Earth for research in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and universities.

Reconstruction of life draws inspiration from nature

Promising are startups who understand that nature and its knowledge is an open pit gold mine. It is difficult to propose a lasting solution without it. Interstellar is definitely one of them and that is why it is named among the winners of Future40, the station F ranking of the 40 most promising startups.

In contrast, investors are making a fuss. They specialize in both European and American, sustainable solutions and aeronautics. These include Urania Ventures, Auxxo, 7percent Ventures, Seldor Capital, E2MC, Starburst, Kima Ventures and Bpifrance. Last March, Interstellar Lab received 5 5 million in funding for the venture.

Biopod, its first module “To Reconstruct Life”, Has completed its nine-month development phase. To go so fast, Barbara Belvici explained to us that her teams work as close to their suppliers as possible. An aeronautical company for composite bases and a German company for inflated membranes. The software is partnered with Dassault to monitor the situation and configure everything.

Sustainable cultivation of plants in the world

Insterstellar Lab has created the first prototype of its module by occupying a space in Ivry-sur-Seine. Here, he was able to cultivate vanilla, which is called the model of culture above ground “In Aeroponics” Including the supply of water and nutrients through the cannula. Vanilla requires very specific conditions that biopods can achieve “Adjusts temperature, humidity, air, CO2 level and light”.

With such a tool, the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry has looked at startups. It already has an order book of 70 biopods, this is a success It must be said that such companies are able to test and cultivate new plants with cheap and sustainable solutions like Interstellar Lab. The research community along with the university has also shown their interest.

Economical and productive, BioPod Ivry-sur-Seine has its first measurements to increase yield (up to x300), reduce water consumption (by 98%) and reduce energy (x20). With BioPod, Interstellar Labs seeks to establish a complete base, bringing researchers and space companies directly to Earth. Its Founder’s Philosophy: In order to be able to bring life elsewhere in space, it is necessary to find a sustainable solution on Earth.

Orbits the moon and space

But the most notable for the French Nugget CV is its collaborative work with NASA and CNES. American and French space agencies are keen to be able to place such modules in space.

NASA wants to be able to embed such solutions in its Artemis program (next lunar mission) and CNES will be interested in setting up one. “Food production systems for deep space and low orbit”. To do this, Barbara Belvici told us that they would be able to offer “A more automated and controlled system with the ability to grow plants, fungi and insects”.

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