Antarctic Research Community, Winter 2020
We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. Achieving human settlement of the Moon and Mars in the coming decades is becoming increasingly realistic. The survival of crews living in off-world settlements will depend on the technologies keeping them alive. But most importantly, survival will depend on the community itself, and how successful the crew is at working together under conditions of extreme isolation and in the harshest imaginable environments.
towards the success of an off-world settlement
ARC is an off-world settlement simulation experiment taking place in Antarctica over the winter of 2020, with a unique selection process.
A call for project applications will be announced globally in early 2019, and all those meeting the required criteria will be selected as candidates. The candidates will then have the opportunity to rate all other candidates’ projects. Using a network theory voting system analysing the structure of relationships between projects, a community will self-select from the candidate pool. For six months over winter, this crew will live as a community in Antarctica, whilst running their projects and participating in the documentation of the experience.
There will be no restrictions or guidelines provided for project applications, besides base regulation requirements, for example a minimal medic count. Projects submissions will need to include detailed aims, quantification of resources required, daily methods and proposed outcomes.
Applications will open soon.
Initially, an off-world community would rely heavily on the knowledge and resources of teams on Earth. ARC will constitute a diverse and wide range of collaborators, from advisors to sponsors of technology and funding.
ARC is an initiative of the Foundation for Space Development South Africa.