Proudly Human’s Off-World Project is a series of settlement experiments in the most extreme environments on Earth to prepare for life on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Through grit, imagination, science and technology, the Off-World communities will demonstrate off-grid capabilities from life-support to communication systems, as well as community spirit, in the harshest imaginable conditions. Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist, technologist and founder of Proudly Human, has recently visited the Antarctic interior and the Oman desert on location scouts for Proudly Human’s Off-World Project.
Through the Off-World Project, Proudly Human will develop knowledge and technology to support the first human communities living off-world on the Moon, Mars and beyond. At the same time, Proudly Human will work with partners to make the technology developed, integrated and tested in each experiment available to communities lacking access to basic resources. Join us in our vision for successful communities in extreme and resource-constrained environments through grit, imagination, science and technology towards a #ProudlyHuman future, whatever planet we are on.
The Off-World Project will launch soon in Cape Town, where a group of carefully selected students and young entrepreneurs from the region will spend time inside an off-grid habitat produced from waste materials from the city. The team will manage their renewable power, water, food production, communication and healthcare systems, while working on their own research projects. The public will have the opportunity to interact with the community via live video and social media, and also to visit the habitat, placed in a public area in the city.
More on this underwater community soon.
The Dallol desert in Ethiopia is the hottest place on Earth. The Earth’s crust is extremely thin in this region, and geothermal activity just below the surface means that temperatures don’t drop much below 30 degrees Celsius, even in the dead of night. At midday, temperatures around 50 are the norm. In contrast to Antarctica, but analogous to the early stages of settling the Moon and Mars, there are small groups of people living there, who have mastered surviving the harsh conditions, and with whom we will need to establish a relationship. The Afar are a proud and resilient people with a long history. They live on a diet of animal products such as goat milk and meat, and roots that grow there. They extract water from the few wells in the region, this water is typically brackish and needs to be filtered. Unsuccessful attempts to establish infrastructure such as mines, hospitals and aid offices are visible in scattered ruins around the region.
For the duration of the hot season, Off-World: Ethiopia will see a carefully selected team living as a community with a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication, thriving off-grid in some of harshest conditions on Earth. Tapping into abundant resources such as sand, salt, sunlight, and even geothermal heat, the Off-World: Ethiopia community will test life-support technologies in areas including: energy provision, habitat control systems, water management, precision farming, manufacturing, transportation, safety and medical infrastructure, to communication, IoT, data management and cybersecurity systems, and more [click to jump to technology table at bottom]. At the same time, we aim to investigate the dynamics of the community and their interaction with the locals, to better understand well-being and community spirit in an isolated, extreme and resource-constrained environment. The entire experience will be broadcast for a global audience though a documentary series, Off-World: Ethiopia.
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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Wind Energy Conversion Technology
CO2 Energy Conversion Technology
Excess Energy Recovery systems
Energy Manipulation and Distribution Technology
Climate Control (Heating)
CO2 Scrubbing Technology
Habitat Contamination: Monitoring and Control Technology
Indoor Hydroponic Systems
(water extraction, tanks, pumps, piping, crop containers, growth medium, lighting, nutrient delivery, plant health monitoring)
3D Printing Technology
Snow-based Mobility Technology
Body Warming Technology
Portable life support systems for outdoor excursions
Deep sea expedition gear (extreme cold)
Personal Safety Hardware
Portable life support systems
Extreme Cold & Isolation effect monitoring Technology
Exercise Technology for Extreme Cold and Isolation
General Emergency Medical Equipment
Robust Portable WiFi Technology
Near Range Handled Communication Technology
Mesh Network Communication Technology
Emergency Communication Technology
Data center (server hardware)
IoT-enabled resource management
Blockchain-based data management