The long-term mission of SpaceBorn United and the research outcomes are translated into a carefully designed roadmap of space missions. Each mission is established with the help of medical, technical, ethical and legal experts and provides key input for each subsequent mission. Initial timelines have been adjusted based on advancing expert insights. Prior to each mission all procedures and medical equipment is carefully tested during validation missions, using animal cells.
Missions Ark – Safeguarding human ‘seeds of life’ in space
The Arks provide a protected environment and each contain 1.000 protected tubes with human reproduction cells. The cells (male, female and 2-PN) are harvested in supervised IVF clinics worldwide. The cells are deep frozen (vitrified) and stored in secure Earth locations and in a satellite in space in Earth orbit. In this way the cells are protected for any natural or man-made disaster on Earth for decades.
Missions Artis – human conception in space
We are developing a new ‘Space-Embryo-Incubator’ which is sent into space and contains male and female reproduction cells. Once in space (low Earth orbit) the embryo’s are conceived and start developing in an artificial Earth like gravity level. After 4 days the incubator returns to Earth where the embryo’s are checked. The pregnancy period and birth will occur on earth.
Missions Cradle – human childbirth in space
“It’s a small step for a baby, but a giant baby-step for mankind” said Dr. Egbert Edelbroek (CEO). A bold, yet realistic long term objective of SpaceBorn United the actual birth of the first human baby in space. During a 24-36 hour mission a woman will give birth in low Earth orbit (at 250 miles altitude), accompanied by a trained world class medical team. A carefully prepared and monitored process reduces all possible risks below the existing Western levels on Earth for both mother and child.
Humanity’s ambition to create human settlements in space requires a series of learning steps how to reproduce in space. The first of these steps are covered in our first 3 missions. In the next decades we focus on the additional necessary steps like researching the conditions for increasing stages of pregnancy in space and conception and early embryo development on the Moon and in Lunar orbit.
“We will go back to the Moon, and this time to Stay.”
– Jeff Bezos, CEO Blue Origin –