E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships): TEC ART 2018

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The hostile and unpredictable environment of deep space requires a new conceptual approach for interstellar flight, one that differs radically from any current design in aerospace. Using biology as inspiration, E|A|S suggests creating starships that physically grow and evolve during their journey. Resources extracted through asteroid mining are used to 3D print new components of the ship in an almost endless process of adaptation. The DSTART team is currently developing concept studies and computer simulations to test these ideas. The installation on display here was created by Nils Faber, Andreas Theys and Angelo Vermeulen for TEC ART. The animations are different preparatory studies for the E|A|S project. They visualize concepts such as modular reconfigurable space architecture and bio-inspired 3D printing. A VR system enables the viewer to explore some of the designs interactively. The supercomputer built with 50 Raspberry Pi units is designed to run starship simulations and is making its calculations in real-time during the exhibition. DSTART (TU Delft Starship Team) is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, architects and artists developing next-generation concepts for interstellar exploration. DSTART aims to critically explore ideologies underpinning space exploration paradigms and tries to propose alternative approaches. In September their work will also be on display during BredaPhoto 2018 curated around the theme 'To Infinity and Beyond.'
Media of output: mixed media art installation.
Size: 5 x 3 x 2,5 m.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventTEC ART 2018 - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Feb 201811 Feb 2018

Bibliographical note

This artwork was created by the DSTART team (based at TU Delft and part of the SEADS collective). Angelo Vermeulen is founder and director of DSTART.


  • Art and science
  • Installation art
  • Space exploration
  • Interstellar exploration
  • Starship
  • Asteroid mining
  • ISRU
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Morphogenetic engineering
  • Emergence
  • Self-organization


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