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Sometimes it takes a rocket scientist® Programs

The "Programs" page provides an introduction to Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist”® (SITARS) R&D and opportunities to partner with SITARS and our associates.

The greatest technological challenges are associated with basic needs of humanity; water, food, housing, energy, medicine and transportation. Many of these challenges are complicated by compromised infrastructures. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given the United States a grade of "D-" for the condition of American infrastructures. Aging water lines as well as collapsing sewer lines and bridges, are creating threats not just to safety and environmental health, but a threat to economic development and technological innovation.

The United States has a unique opportunity to create robust infrastructures, improve energy security, and create a renaissance in business and technological innovation by investing in critical infrastructures. New technologies and methods offer improved quality of life and national security by integrating energy independence and local resources in communities.

Renewable Energy

Energy is the singular definition of the economy in the 21st century. The ability to control the energy resources of a nation is tantamount to controlling the nation. SITARS is dedicated to developing new methods supporting innovation in renewable energy. The SITARS Renewable Energy Program focuses on the technology, infrastructures, economics and national security of energy and its use.

We see renewable energy is a pathway to a stable economy and distributed energy as a pathway to national security and economic independence. Where distributed technologies are not appropriate, the development of regionally based renewable systems could alleviate the growing threats to the national electrical grid.

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

PRT systems were first introduced over twenty years ago and have been in development by large and small companies. The first PRT's were designed to use existing urban infrastructures relying on elevated tracks or suspended carriers much like a ski lift. However the future of the PRT is not limited to dedicated tracked systems. The dawn of driverless vehicles and the threshold of building a true national broadband system promises that PRT systems will utilize existing roadways and create unique opportunities for local and regional transport.

Vertical Agriculture

Development of processes and technologies in vertical agriculture is central to the future of sustainable human space exploration and sustainable human earth communities. New methods are mandatory for integrating varied plants for security and nutrition. The use of existing non-agricultural land and infrastructures allows communities to produce food and energy locally and reliably.

So what is vertical agriculture? Vertical agriculture provides a vision for the growth of crops and animals in somewhat less traditional environments. The field focuses on the broadest set of opportunities for supporting the production of food locally while creating a sustainable environment for humans and the agricultural products.

For example the integration of green houses in multi-use and residential multi-unit structures is a growing trend. Not only do the green houses create local produce options, but may support thermal siphons for heating and cooling as well as augmenting thermal solar water systems. Other advances in vertical agriculture include the use of industrial waste streams to produce algae for fuel, pharmaceuticals and food.

ARSI Verde's New Sustainable Building(s)

The Sustainable Integrated Structure™ conceptualized and in preliminary design by ARSI Verde, Inc. and Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist® Programs is developing resident capabilities that establish the ability, with current technologies and building models, to construct a community that is self-supporting and energy independent. This is the first step at applying distributed power with biosphere engineering to create a functional sustainable human community.


A model of the Sustainable Integrated Structure™ or SIS™ (above) integrating Star Sailor Energy's performance adaptive vertical axis wind turbines, solar panels and thermal gradient systems creating a zero energy to independent energy building. Designed to be the "healthiest commercial structure" the SIS utilizes eco friendly building materials and recycled aggregates.

 



Top Trends™ Speaker Series begins this fall. Visit the Top Trends™ site for more information.
The second session of the panel discussion; "Emerging & Disruptive Technologies: The Role of Innovation in Society" will be held in Mansfield, Ohio in early 2014.


New courses, improving innovation.

 

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