About

The people behind the expedition.

Team

Portrait of Karl-Johan Sørensen

Karl-Johan Sørensen

Space Architect

karl-johan@asaga.space

Portrait of Sebastian Aristotelis

Sebastian Aristotelis

Expedition Manager & Architect

sebastian@asaga.space

Portrait of Simon Haan

Simon Haan

Software Engineer

simon@asaga.space

Portrait of Filip Eckerdal

Filip Eckerdal

Architect

filip@asaga.space

Portrait of Berfin Gurini

Berfin Gurini

Fund Raiser

Portrait of Calina Manisor

Calina Manisor

Content Writer

Portrait of Oscar Werner

Oscar Werner

Data Scientist

Advisors

Portrait of Mathias Squirrelhill

Mathias Squirrelhill

Arctic Survival Expert

Mathias has spent his life venturing into the most extreme climates on earth. With nine years of military experience and his background of being a survival trainer for the Norwegian special forces, he will make sure that we get the necessary training and equipment to stay safe during the mission.

Portrait of James Murdza

James Murdza

Aerospace Engineer

James is an Aerospace Engineer who previously worked on control and software in the Delft Hyperloop team and currently leads a team of 28 people developing a electric flying vehicle. His experience helps ensure we're always a step ahead in the habitat design process by identifying technical constraints and issues.

SAGA

Sebastian and Karl-Johan met at the Royal Danish Academy - School of Architecture. A match without comparison. Since that crucial meeting, things have accelerated.

After graduating, Sebastian and Karl-Johan attended the International Space University in Delft. At the same time, they won an international architecture competition for a Mars habitat and founded SAGA Space Architects - their design studio focused on space architecture.

Since its birth, SAGA has, amongst other things, won two architectural competitions for space habitat design, designed and constructed a Mars Analogue habitat in the desert of Israel, as well as the largest Mars gravity simulator. The latter will be presented in Washington DC at the International Astronautical Congress, in October.

Sebastian Aristotelis

Has always been fascinated by the stories of exploration, and its characters. He has a flair for bringing poetic qualities into SAGA's projects, communicating them with a strong aesthetic. Sebastian has an entrepreneurial soul. During his architectural studies, Sebastian founded the non-profit

Student Talks. It has since then grown to all continents of the world and organized over 130 talks around the world.

Karl-Johan Sørensen

First discovered his love for space and technology at United World College in Singapore. He is a long time 3D-printing enthusiast and established KADK 3D print lab. He has since then worked with robotic 3D-printing, algorithmic design, and digital fabrication.

D Mars habitat in the desert

Experience

While we have done many relevant projects, two in particular stand out, giving us the confidence to embark on this journey.

DMARS habitat design

In January 2019 Sebastian and Karl-Johan went to Israel to design and construct a simulation Mars Laboratory (pictured here) in the extreme environment of the Negev Desert. The habitat unfolds and expands by 500%. and includes an Algae reactor.
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Wadi Rum Expedition

In November 2018 Sebastian and Karl-Johan spent 14 days each in isolation, in the red desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan (where The Martian was filmed). They lived off powdered food and dried algae, trying to understand what sensory stimuli you need on a completely red dusty planet.
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Experience

While we have done many relevant projects, two in particular stand out, giving us the confidence to embark on this journey.

DMARS habitat design

In January 2019 Sebastian and Karl-Johan went to Israel to design and construct a simulation Mars Laboratory (pictured here) in the extreme environment of the Negev Desert. The habitat unfolds and expands by 500%. and includes an Algae reactor.
Read more

Wadi Rum Expedition

In November 2018 Sebastian and Karl-Johan spent 14 days each in isolation, in the red desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan (where The Martian was filmed). They lived off powdered food and dried algae, trying to understand what sensory stimuli you need on a completely red dusty planet.
Read more